A Taste of Nepal With Sikarni Pistachio Spiced Yogurt


Sikarni Yogurt Recipe

The yogurt is actually strained overnight so you do need to start it beforehand but it pays dividends with a super rich creamy texture. You can use pistachio, walnuts, almonds or cashews and you can also use spices like black pepper or saffron too. It's very versatile. I will grant that the Italian Bronte pistachio paste is not a traditional ingredient but I had some and it fit the nutty theme. I have to say that it really added a wonderful flavour to it too.

We always keep yogurt in the fridge but recently it was for a different visitor and not Mr NQN. We were looking after a little Maltese Shih Tzu for the day. She is a very sweet little dog that was incredibly well behaved and she didn't bark or pine even once. For me she was the perfect little dog. For a whole day she was my shadow and joined me by my desk and in the kitchen.

Sikarni Yogurt Recipe

While I was making lunch in the kitchen by the sink she was lying down half napping at the kitchen entrance. All of a sudden I heard a loud honking noise and I looked down alarmed. She was honking like a goose! I wondered if she was choking on something and I started panicking. I tried to open her mouth to remove whatever it was but she wouldn't open it, she simply looked back at me with a completely calm expression. By now I was terrified. "How do you heimlich a dog?" I thought to myself picking her up. I pressed against her tummy and that didn't help. "Oh my god, I can't even heimlich a dog..." I said to myself.

Sikarni Yogurt Recipe

Then suddenly as soon as it started, the honking stopped. I turned her around and she looked at me with those gorgeous expressive black eyes. She just acted as though nothing at all had happened. Like she hadn't honked like a goose for a good 20 seconds and that I hadn't just heimliched her or tried to.

So tell me Dear Reader, have you ever been in a situtation where you have had to do a heimlich manoeuvre? On a human? Or a dog? And do you prefer lighter or richer desserts? Have you ever tried this before?

DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? Share your creations by tagging @notquitenigella on Instagram with the hashtag #notquitenigella

Sikarni Pistachio Spiced Yogurt

An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott

Degree of difficulty: very easy

Preparation time: start the recipe the night before. Then 10 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

  • 2 3/4 cups natural yogurt
  • 1/4 cup thickened cream
  • 1 tablespoon Bronte pistachio paste*
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons chopped pistachios
  • Fruit to decorate

Step 1 - Place the yogurt and cream in a cheesecloth or over three strong paper towels that line a sieve. Cover and set over a bowl and allow to drain overnight in the fridge. You don't need the whey that comes off the yogurt (although it is a good source of protein).

Sikarni Yogurt Recipe

This is a very boring photo but hopefully it shows the silky, creamy thick texture of the sikarni

Step 2 - Place the thick yogurt in a medium sized bowl and sift the icing sugar over it and add the honey, pistachio paste, cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whip with a mixer for 3 or so minutes until fluffy and light. Step 3 - Pour into serving cups and top with cut fruit and chopped pistachios.