Indian Dessert recipe - Shahi Tukda
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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- 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
- Cut and remove the sides of the bread. Cut the corners so that you have hexagonal shaped slices.
- Take pistachios, almonds, and cashew nuts and slice it thin and keep aside.
- Pour milk in a non-stick pan and bring it to boil on medium heat.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Shahi Tukda is ready to be served.
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