Happy Raksha Bandhan 2017! If you are planning to make this day a little more special for your sibling, then here is how you can whip up a really delicious dessert at home. Instead of buying sweets on this occasion, try making a dessert all by yourself. We share with you a rather unusual recipe of Shrikhand in Vermicelli cups. This dessert has the right balance of taste, flavor and texture and this innovative recipe of Shrikhand in Vermicelli cups has been sent to us by Chef Arun Kumar from The Ashok, New Delhi. Though it might look super fancy, it is actually quite easy to make. Here are the ingredients followed by the method of preparation. (ALSO READ Raksha Bandhan 2017 Recipe: How To Make Delicious Chiroti for Your Brother this Rakhi). Also Read - Mushroom Pepper Fry Recipe: Here's How to Make This Appetizer

Ingredients:

For Vermicelli Cup
200 grams Vermicelli
2 teaspoons butter
2 teaspoons condensed milk Also Read - Matar Paneer Gravy Recipe: Here's How You to Make This Delicious Vegetarian Dish at Home

For Shrikhand
1 cup hung curd
2 teaspoons powdered sugar
Few strands of saffron
One teaspoon milk
½ teaspoon cardamom powder Also Read - International Vodka Day: Try These DIY Cocktails With the Simplest of Ingredients From Your Kitchen

For Garnishing
Chopped pistachios
Pomegranate seeds

Method:

Take a non stick pan and melt some butter and roast the vermicelli on medium flame till it becomes brown in color. Keep on stirring so that it gets evenly roasted.

Once it gets roasted properly, switch off the flame and add condensed milk. Mix both the ingredients, until well combined.

Now take a silicon cup and spread the vermicelli mixture in a cup while it is still warm. Press it lightly with the help of spoons so that it takes the shape of cup.This will be the base of your dessert in which you will add the dollop of shrikhand.
Keep the vermicelli cup in a refrigerator for an hour to set.

To make a hung curd put the curd in a muslin cloth and keep a bowl under it to collect the liquid. After an hour you will get a thick cheese like curd.

Meanwhile in a bowl soak saffron strands in milk and keep it aside.

To make the shrikhand after an hour put hung curd in a bowl and add powdered sugar, cardamom powder, saffron mixed with milk.

Mix slowly till everything mixed properly and curd becomes light and creamy.

Take out the vermicelli cups from the silicon mould and fill the shrikhand in to vermicelli cups. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, pistachios and serve.

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