Shahi Tukra as the name suggests literally means Royal dessert that has its roots in the Mughals cuisine. It is a rich, classic, creamy and a luscious dessert that you can plan to make for this Diwali.
Shahi means Royal and Tukra means a piece of bread, so it literall means Shahi Tukra. Pieces of bread are fried till golden brown and crispy and are served with Saffron flavour Rabri (thick sweet milk) laden with dry fruits. This aromatic and delicious dessert is served cold and will surely make a memorble one.
The tale goes like this – one of the Nawabs of Awadh – who was certainly not very famous for his generosity – used to distribute stale breads among his subjects on his rounds in and around the kingdom. Apparently, he had almost thousand chefs or khansamas in his kitchen. One of them came up with an idea. He dipped those stale breads; the nawab would distribute among his people, with sugar syrup and then pour thickened milk over it. And, the recipe for shahi tukra came up. This was one of the many stories anecdotes by Chitrita Banerjee in her book Amazon.
For making Rabri:
Soak saffron strands in warm milk and keep it aside in a bowl.
For making sugar syrup:
Add sugar, cardamom powder and water into a pan and boil it till sugar dissolves. It will take approximately 3-4 minutes. Boil the syrup till you get one thread consistency. Keep it aside and let it cool.
For the bread slices:
Cut the core of the bread slices and keep it on a plate.
For the garnishing:
Heat ghee in a small pan and fry almond flakes and raisins in it.
For soaking bread:
Once you have fried the bread slices in the ghee, soak them in the sugar syrup for 3-4 minutes and place it on a serving plate.
For serving Shahi Tukra:
We have done all the necessary preparations for making Shahi Tukra.