Shahi Tukra with Condensed Milk
Shahi Tukra (with Condensed Milk), a popular hyderabadi special sweet is a royal treat to taste buds at anytime. To make this sweet in authentic style, bread pieces are deep fried in ghee until crispy and then topped with creamy rabri. In this recipe, bread pieces are shallow fried (toasted) to reduce the calorie and condensed milk and grated paneer are used to make the rich and creamy rabri. This simple and easy to prepare dessert cum sweet has nice flavor of saffron and cardamom and tastes delicious either warm or chilled.
2½ cups Full Fat Milk
1/4 cup Sweet Condensed Milk
1 tablespoon Sugar
4-5 Saffron strands (kesar)
2 tablespoons grated Paneer or Khoya (mawa) or Milk Powder, optional
1/4 teaspoon Cardamom (Elaichi) Powder
4 White Bread Slices (or brown bread)
2-3 tablespoons Ghee (clarified butter), for shallow frying
1/2 tablespoon chopped Cashew Nuts
1/2 tablespoon chopped Pistachio
1/2 tablespoon chopped Almonds
  1. If you are using frozen paneer then thaw it before grating. In this recipe, sweet condensed milk is used, which is easily available at any grocery store.
  2. Mix milk, sweet condensed milk, sugar and saffron strands in a thick-bottomed pan and bring it to a boil on medium flame.
  3. When it starts boiling, reduce flame to low and boil until mixture turns thick and reduces to around 1½ cups, for around 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally in between to prevent sticking.
  4. Add grated paneer and cardamom powder and mix well.
  5. Turn off the flame and let rabadi (thickened milk mixture) cool at room temperature.
  6. Remove sides of bread slices and cut each into 4 triangles or 4 equal squares.
  7. Brush bread squares with ghee on both sides. Heat a non-stick pan or tava and shallow fry them until bottom surface turns crispy and golden brown on low flame.
  8. Flip them and shallow fry until another side turns crispy and golden brown. Transfer them to plate.
  9. Arrange crisp fried bread pieces in a layer on serving plate. Pour prepared rabadi over it.
  10. Garnish with pistachios, cashew nuts and almonds. Serve it hot or place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving. Yummy shahi tukra is ready to serve.
Tips and Variations:
  • Deep fry bread pieces in ghee until crisp and golden brown for authentic taste.
  • Toast bread pieces in oven or toaster to make a low calorie dessert but the taste will be slightly different.
  • You can use leftover or fresh bread to prepare it.
Taste: Sweet and yummy in every bite.
Serving Ideas: Serve it hot with snacks in the breakfast or as a chilled dessert in party. It is also a good sweet dish to be served with lunch or dinner in parties.

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