Shahi Tukda – Indian Sweet

Shahi-tukra

Ingredients

Bread – 4 slices (cut into small cubes/triangles/circle)
Milk – 6 cups (about 3/4 lit.)
Sugar – 3 tblsp (for rabdi)
Sugar – 1/2 cup (for sugar syrup)
Water –  1/2 cup (for sugar syrup)
Ghee – 1/2 cup
Cardomom Powder – 1/2 tsp
Saffron – 1/2 tsp
Chopped Nuts (Almonds, Pista, Cashews etc) – 2 tblsp
Dates Syrup – 1 tblsp
(If you do not have dates syrup, just fry chopped dates in some ghee and use it as a topping.)

Method :

  1. Boil the milk in a heavy-bottomed pan for about 40-45 min on medium heat stirring often till it reduces to almost 1/4th of its original volume. This thick condensed milk is called ‘Rabdi‘.
  2. Add sugar, cardamom powder and saffron to this and switch off. Keep this aside.
    (Tip : You can also skip this step by using store bought sweetened condensed milk.)
  3. Boil the sugar and water  for few minutes to make a sugar syrup. Keep this aside too.
  4. Now cut the bread into desired shapes.
    (Tip : You can use a cookie cutter and make interesting shapes. I have used a star shaped cookie cutter.)
  5. Heat ghee in a frying pan. Shallow fry the bread slices till it is golden brown and crisp.
    ( Tip : You can also use store bought croutons.)
  6. Soak the fried bread slices in the sugar syrup for about 30 seconds.
  7. Arrange the sugar soaked bread slices in a plate.
    (Tip : Altenatively you can arrange them in a plate and pour the sugar syrup on top.)
  8. Pour a generous amount of rabdi on top of this.
  9. Garnish with chopped nuts and dates syrup.
  10. You can serve this warm when the bread slices are still a bit crunchy or you can refrigerate and serve chilled. It tastes good either way.

 

Tips
–  This is a very nice way of using stale bread. Infact, old and dry bread absorbs less ghee while frying.
– You can make this dessert with any type of bread – white, brown, whole grain, multigrain, etc etc.
– Health consious people can fry the bread slices in oil instead of ghee.
– People on diet can also enjoy this dessert by using fat free condensed milk, sugar substitutes and by toasting the bread instead of frying it.


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