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Indian Dessert recipe - Shahi Tukda

Updated on April 5, 2015

Indian dessert

The Indian Dessert that I prefer during fall is called "Shahi Tukda", which can be literally translated as royal piece but would perhaps mean a dessert fit for the royals.

Shahi Tukda is a simple but rich dessert with an exquisite taste, once meant for royalty and now served at grand Indian weddings and festivals. It may seem very simple as it is made from bread and milk, but it has it's own specialty and cooked in the right, traditional, meticulous way it has a fabulous taste, look and texture that makes it deserving of its royal association.

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Ingredients for Shahi Tukda
Ingredients for Shahi Tukda
Ingredients for Shahi Tukda (2)
Ingredients for Shahi Tukda (2)
Saffron
Saffron
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 6-8

Ingredients

  • Bread - 6-8 slices
  • Sugar - one and quarter cups
  • Milk - 1 litre
  • Cardamoms - 8 to 10
  • Saffron - a few strands
  • Pistachios - 15-20
  • Almonds - 10-12
  • Cashew Nuts - 6-8
  • Clarified butter - 1/2 cup

Instructions

  1. Cut and remove the sides of the bread. Cut the corners so that you have hexagonal shaped slices.
  2. Take pistachios, almonds, and cashew nuts and slice it thin and keep aside.
  3. Pour milk in a non-stick pan and bring it to boil on medium heat.
  4. Crush 4 cardamoms and add to the milk along with quarter cup of sugar. Also add a few strands of saffron to give the milk a subtle color and flavor. Keep stirring the milk continuously so that big pieces of cream do not form and spoil the texture of the thickened milk. (Nowadays some people directly use condensed milk but I prefer working this way with fresh milk). The milk has to be stirred until it gets a thick consistency (like condensed milk). Keep aside.
  5. On another burner, take a pan and add one and a half cups of water and one cup of sugar. Keep stirring to make the sugar syrup. Add four crushed cardamoms to the boiling water and keep stirring until the water reduces to half the volume. Keep aside.
  6. Take a frying pan and add the clarified butter and fry the bread pieces. Do not deep fry, just fry it lightly till it is crisp and light brown on both sides.
  7. Take the slices and arrange it in a dish and pour the sugar syrup over it. Take the milk and gently pour it over the bread slices.
  8. Decorate the Shahi Tukda with cut pistachios, cashew nuts and almonds and one or two strands of saffron. Allow the thickened milk and sugar syrup to seep into the bread slices.
  9. Shahi Tukda is ready to be served.
Indian Dessert - Shahi Tukda
Indian Dessert - Shahi Tukda

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    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      This sure looks like interesting addition to our menu... I haven't use saffron for years, but now have nice excuse to buy new pack:) Thanks!

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      othellos 

      5 years ago

      Nice and exotic dessert. Very well constructed lens with easy to follow instructions. I will try to for a change in my repertoire. Thanks a lot:=)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Stopping back for a little more dessert...I sure have been noticing more recipes with the exotic saffron as an ingredient since I was here but this is the only dessert with it I've seen.

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      TransplantedSoul 

      5 years ago

      This looks interesting. I often find that I am not a huge fan of indian deserts - they can be very sweet. This one does look a bit more balanced.

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      Aster56 

      5 years ago

      @CoolFool83: Thanks for the comment.

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      Aster56 

      5 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: Thanks.

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      Aster56 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you.

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      CoolFool83 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe! I'll be sure to try it.

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      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      Lovely clean lens, I will definitely try this.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I return visit and recommend for other lenses

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