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Shahi Tukra 

Shahi Tukra as the name suggests means royal dessert which is an exotic rich bread pudding with lots of fruits flavored with cardamom. It’s a simple recipe to make and an exceptional dessert for times when you are in a hurry. Shahi Tukra or Shahi tukray or Shahi Tukda are almost similar method of cooking with slight variations and are originally Mughlai desserts from the Nawabi cuisine.

A dish which was be well admired by the Kings and their ascendants. This dessert is said to have its origin in Pakistan and is widely regarded as a remnant of the rice cuisine that was propogated during the Mughal era. Shahi Tukra is made by frying the bread pieces in oil and then dipped in sweetened milk and garnishes with nuts and cardamom powder.

The traditional version involves soaking the fried bread pieces first in a rose/saffron-flavored sugar syrup, pouring the rabdi or sweet milk sauce over it and then garnishing it with edible silver foil and nuts. You should take the pleasure of enjoying this dessert to the fullest and indulge in eating like a king. It can also be called as the bread pudding in a continental version.

Nuts are used to garnish the irresistible sweet dish. The Shahi Tukra can also be made instantly by using condensed milk instead of evaporating the sweetened milk to half. Shahi Tukra is a little similar to the double ka meetha, a popular Hyderabad dessert of fried bread slices soaked in hot milk with spices and garnished with khova and dry fruits.

In recent times, the Shahi Tukra or double ka meetha has become associated with the festival and is part of the Eid Al Adha or Bakrid menu. Shahi Tukra along with biryani is prepared and distributed to the neighbors and friends. Traditionally the Shahi Tukra or Double ka meetha refers to the milk bread called "Double ki Roti" in the local dialect because it swells up to almost double its original size after baking.

The crust from the bread is removed and the slices are cut into triangles. These are then deep fried till golden brown in vanaspati (vegetable oil) and set aside. The milk is boiled with cardamom, sugar and saffron is added for flavor and color. After removing the milk from the flame, the fried bread is soaked in the hot milk. It is then garnished with khova or kalakand and served after meals.

For preparing this royal Shahi Tukra dessert, firstly heat the milk and sugar stirring continuously. Add little ghee to prevent the milk from over flowing. Reduce the milk to half the original quantity.

Cook the milk. Add kismis and cardamom powder to enhance the taste and flavor. In the meantime fry the bread slices in ghee till golden color and keep aside.

Dip the fried bread slices one by one in the condensed flavored milk and serve in a serving bowl garnished with dry fruits. Serve cool. Shahi Tukra is a rich, exotic filled with dry fruits which makes it nutritious and delicious too.

Do try this recipe and taste the Shahi Tukra royally in style.

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