This Hyderabadi sweet dish is generally made by soaking deep fried bread slices (in oil or ghee) in sweetened thick milk/ rabri/ condensed milk. Here is my trial of shahi tukda in microwave with less ghee or even no ghee which tastes great too! Also bread can be toasted on a tava/ griddle too. This sweet turns to be very delicious which makes you crave for more. The process of making it is not very complicated and hence a fresher can also make this.
This Eid special dish can be made quickly for sudden craving of sweet or any other occasion. I used whole wheat bread to make this and did not cut off the edges too.
Here you find the recipe...
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Whole wheat bread slices – 6
Milk –2 cups, preferred full fat milk
Milk powder – 3 tbsp
Sugar – ½ cup, adjust as required
Cardamom – 2
Chopped dry fruits/ nuts (cashew, almond, pistachios) – 2 tbsp
Rose essence – 2 drops or 1 tsp of gulkand, I used homemade gulkand
Ghee – 2 tsp
Saffron – few strands (optional), I haven’t used in this
- Take milk in a thick bottomed vessel, dissolve milk powder in it and bring to boil. On boiling, add sugar & crushed cardamom. Boil further on low flame until it thickens a bit and reduces to about 1.5 cup. Stir occasionally in order to avoid sticking of milk to bottom of the vessel.
- Switch off the stove and add rose essence or gulkand. If you prefer saffron flavour, then add saffron while boiling milk and leave rose essence.
- Cut the bread slices into desired shape, you can remove the edges of bread which I don’t do inorder to avoid wasting. It does not make much difference too. Shape of pieces can be triangular or into smaller squares or rectangles.
- Brush each piece of bread with little ghee and place on a microwave safe baking tray spreading evenly. Keep it in the microwave oven and heat for 2 minutes.
- Now turn each slice on the tray so that other side faces up. Heat it for one minute again.
- If you don’t want to use microwave, then heat a griddle and roast both sides until it turns little crisp.
- Arrange the roasted bread pieces on a tray or bowl as desired.
- Pour the prepared milk/ rabdi/ rabri on it so that every piece of bread gets milk to absorb.
- Garnish with roasted nuts pieces and rose petals/ saffron. Set aside for 5-10 minutes.
- You can serve it warm or chilled. Both taste great.
- You can prepare rabri (milk) in microwave too.
- I suggest to use either of saffron or rose essence instead both.
- You can also use sweet condensed milk instead milk powder. I this case add it to the milk to boil and reduce the sugar as required.