Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Shahi Tukre

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Shahi tukre is a very popular North Indian-Pakistani bread pudding which is a traditional sweet dish.The word 'Shahi' denotes that this dish is a part of Mughlai cuisine.Due to the influence of Mughals in Hyderabad,this dessert became so popular there .Eventually,Shahi Tukre became 'Double ka Meetha' in Hyderabad.'Double' here denotes Double baked bread and 'meetha' means sweet. Food Historians attribute the birth of bread pudding to frugal cooks who do not want to waste stale bread.Interestingly,bread pudding finds its way in many different cuisines.The Egyptian bread pudding which is similar to 'Shahi tukre' is called Om Ali.
This pudding is so sumptuous and is usually topped with a edible silver foil called 'varq' .
This royal dessert is easy to make and tastes divine.

You will need:

8 slices of bread
500 ml milk
75 gms Sugar
4 tbsp ghee
few strands of saffron
1 tbsp Cardamom powder
Raisins,Almonds,Pistachios and Cashews roasted in ghee

Remove the brown edges of the bread and half them diagonally.Toast them with ghee.It must get evenly brown and crisp.The original recipe calls for deep -frying in ghee.

Arrange the slices in a serving dish.

Boil the milk with sugar,cardamom powder and saffron.

Pour the milk over the fried bread slices.Garnish with roasted nuts and raisins.
Can be served chilled or hot.

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