Fro-yo girl here. Pasadena finally has its own Indian grocery store! Namaste Spiceland opened recently. It’s clean and organized inside, with about 1/3 of the space devoted to their vegetarian deli/restaurant with ample seating. They carry an impressive amount of Indian imports. I noticed Gulab Jamun ice cream and then more recently, I spotted shrikhand frozen yogurt in the freezer case. Vadilal Quick Treat is imported from India.
Shrikhand is a traditional Indian (Gujarati/Maharashtrian) sweet dish made of strained yogurt, sugar, and cardamom. It’s not frozen. I’ve never had it.
Namaste Spiceland carried three flavors of Vadilal Quick Treat Shrikhand Frozen Yogurt in 16 oz packages for $5.99 each. The flavors were:
- Elaichi (Cardamom)
- Kistar Pista (Saffron & Pistachio)
- Alphonso Mango
* Cardamom shrikhand frozen yogurt: Indian desserts tend to be very sweet, and this frozen yogurt was intensely sweet. The texture was odd – super dense, very chewy, and thick. I’ve never had such chewy frozen yogurt. I could taste the floral cardamom notes but the sweetness, heaviness, and chewiness were overwhelming. I’ve never had frozen yogurt with buffalo milk and butter in it. I like a light, refreshing frozen yogurt. Frozen shrikhand is the opposite.
Ingredients (Cardamom flavor): Nonfat milk (cow & buffalo milk), cane sugar, butter, cardamom, lactobacillus culture.
One serving is 6.5 tbsp, 230 calories, 5g fat, 43g carbohydrate, and 43g sugar.
The owner/manager of Namaste Spiceland said shrikhand is supposed to be sweet and recommended eating it with a paratha, salt, and pepper. The savory helps tone down the sweetness.
I noticed that Namaste Spiceland has fresh shrikhand...have to check it out.
2.5 out of 5 stars.
* NAMASTE SPICELAND: 270 N Hill Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106
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