Piyush is a popular summer beverage made using shrikhand as its base. This Gujarati or Maharashtrian drink is creamy, luscious, and ideal to serve during festivals or special occasions.
About This Recipe
Piyush is a rich and creamy beverage that is mainly prepared with 3 ingredients – shrikhand, milk, and buttermilk (plain chaas). It is further flavored with ground cardamom, ground nutmeg, saffron, and nuts.
Piyush is one of the most popular drinks in Maharashtrian and Gujarati cuisine and is traditionally consumed during summers. You can also drink it on a sunny afternoon instead of your heavy meals, as it is quite filling and wholesome due to its rich ingredients.
Shrikhand – You can either make fresh shrikhand at home using my easy recipe or use store-bought. To make variations of this drink, you can try flavored shrikhand like pista shrikhand, mango shrikhand, or strawberry shrikhand.
Buttermilk – Buttermilk or plain chaas is added to thin out the drink. You can use thinned-out yogurt in place of chaas.
Milk – Use whole (full fat) milk for a creamy and rich taste.
Sugar – Shrikhand is very sweet by itself. Add additional sugar only if you like your drink really sweet.
Spices – Enhance the flavor a little more by adding ground nutmeg and ground cardamom.
Nuts – Garnish it with a few slivered almonds and pistachios. They add a nice bite to the smooth and creamy piyush.
How To Make Piyush
Add 2 cups plain or flavored shrikhand, 2 cups buttermilk (plain chaas), and 2 cups whole milk to a blender.
Add in powdered sugar (as per taste), 1 teaspoon ground cardamom, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, 10-15 strands of saffron soaked in 2 tablespoon milk, and blend until everything comes together.
Pour piyush into serving glasses. Garnish with almond and pistachio slivers and serve chilled.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is very similar to the Punjabi beverage Lassi, but this Maharashtrian version is much thicker and sweeter, due to the addition of shrikhand.
You can make and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for about 2 days. Stir it well before drinking.
This thick luscious Piyush drink is a wonderful coolant in summer and is also perfect to sip on after a spicy meal. It can be served on the side with the meals or as a dessert. You can even enjoy it as a snack when you are in the mood to skip heavy meals.
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- 2 cups srikhand (use plain or flavored)
- 2 cups buttermilk (plain chaas)
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- powdered sugar (as per taste)
- 10-15 strands saffron (soaked in 2 tablespoon milk)
- almond and pistachio slivers for garnishing
- Add 2 cups plain or flavored shrikhand, 2 cups buttermilk (plain chaas), and 2 cups whole milk to a blender.
- Add in powdered sugar (as per taste), 1 teaspoon ground cardamom, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, 10-15 strands of saffron soaked in 2 tablespoon milk, and blend until everything comes together.
- Pour piyush in serving glasses. Garnish with almond and pistachio slivers and serve chilled.