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Monday, August 17, 2015

Shahi Tukda

Shahi Tukda is a royal dessert originated in Mughal era. This dish is from the hyderabadi cuisine. Shahi means "Royal' and tukda means "A Piece" which is a kind of bread pudding.  This is prepared by deep frying the bread pieces in ghee and soaked in sugar syrup and then garnished with condensed milk and dry fruits. The original recipe of shahi tukda contains high in calories with lot of ghee and condensed milk. So I prefer to reduce the quantity of ghee by shallow frying the bread pieces instead of deep frying.  You may also like other desserts  such as Carrot Halwa, Fruit Custard and Kheer.

Preparation Time : 20 min
Cooking Time      : 25 min
Serves                  : 4

Ingredients :

English Name For Ingredients
Hindi Names For Ingredients
4 Slices
गाढ़ा दूध
1/2 Ltr
1 Cup
1/2 Cup
Corn Flour
मकई का आटा
1 tbsp
For shallow frying
Chopped Nuts
2 tbsp
Rose Essence
गुलाब जल
2-3 drops
A pinch

Preparation :

Preparing the Rabdi :
  1. In a wide vessel boil milk. Take around 3 tbsp of boiling milk in a separate bowl and add saffron to it. Let it dissolve and change its color.
  2. Add corn flour and make a fine paste. There should not be any lumps so keep stirring continuously  after adding corn flour.
  3. Add corn flour paste into milk and mix well. Now reduce the flame to low and keep stirring until milk gets  reduce and thickens but it should be of pouring consistency.
  4. Your rabdi is ready. Allow it to cool and refrigerate to serve chilled.

Preparing Shahi Tukda :
  1. Remove the brown sides of the bread and cut into the desired shape. I have cut here diagonally.
  2. Heat a frying pan in a medium flame and fry the bread pieces both sides using ghee. I have shallow fried it, you can also deep fry them depending on your taste.
  3. The fried bread pieces should be golden and crisp.
  4. Meanwhile prepare the sugar syrup and for that you need to heat a small vessel  and boil sugar with little water. Keep stirring in between and your syrup will be ready within 12 minutes.
  5. The syrup should be medium thick . Now dip each pieces of fried bread into sugar syrup both sides for few seconds and arrange it in a plate.
  6. Pour the rabri over the arranged bread along with toppings of dry fruit mixture.
  7. Serve shahi tukda hot or chilled.

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