It’s not often these days that I prepare Indian sweets at home. But when I do, it has to be something delightful, that would leave me happy and craving for more. An old favorite is Shahi Tukda, which Mom used to make when we wanted something “different”. This rich Indian dessert comprises bread slices deep fried till crisp and then topped with thickened milk that has been flavored with saffron, cardamom powder and nuts. So as you can imagine, the combination of a crisp base and a sinfully rich, creamy topping makes for an irresistible sweet. If you are drooling already, here’s the recipe for you:
4 bread slices
Oil (to deep fry)
500 ml milk
4 tablespoons sugar
10-12 strands saffron
1/2 teaspoon green cardamom powder
2 tablespoons almonds and pistachio (blanched and finely sliced)
2-3 drops kewra essence?rose water (optional)
Remove the edges of the bread slices and cut them into your desired shape. Heat oil in a shallow pan and deep fry the bread pieces till crisp and golden. Drain on a paper towel so that any excess oil is absorbed. Set aside.
In another pan, heat milk and reduce it till it becomes thick. Add sugar, saffron strands, green cardamom powder, kewra essence/rose water and blanched nut slivers. Mix well.
Pour the thickened milk over the deep fried bread pieces while it is still hot so that the bread absorbs the milk. Chill in the refrigerator. Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with nuts of your choice and serve.
Eat, drink and be merry! 🙂