Shahi Tukra must be one of those dishes that I have been forever reading about and wanting to make. I guess almost ever since I started baking some 15 years ago. That's when I first started using Milkmaid and along with it, I got its recipe book that had such pretty food pictures. I used to literally drool over them and I have cooked most of the recipes, except for a few like this delicious Shahi Tukra. On reading it, I realized it sounds very much like the Bread Halwa that we make, of course with a major change that alters the entire taste.
Looks like I had to wait for an eternity to finally make this dish. As with all BM's I have been so without any ideas on both the themes I did this edition. However, when compared with the first week, I knew I will be able to make the second week where I am supposed to dress up a leftover with a new avatar! Imagine making something to become leftover and then creating this dish. I confess on a few occasions, it was more of an idea than the actual dish being a leftover. But then I guess it's all fair in blog and war if I may borrow and change the cliche!
Coming back to the Shahi Tukra, do I have to say that Konda loved it? I almost thought that she was just giving me those expressions just to please. You never know right, just so that I confirmed with Hubby dear on the taste and he said the dish did match her ecstatic expression. I was happy hearing that naturally. And know that this is something that will be featured more often. In spite of this being a rich and creamy dessert, I wanted to make sure I reduced and modified something in this. The bread is supposed to be deep-fried. I wanted to avoid and shallow fried it. I seriously don't know how much of a taste that must change but presume it to be a small bit when you consider the number of calories it must otherwise give you.
And to make sure I fit the theme, I used leftover bread. I pinged Harini to confess if she was okay with me using leftover bread. She was and that's the reason why you get to read about this Shahi tukda and drool over it.
Step by Step picture Recipe
Shahi Tukra Recipe | Shahi Tukda
For the bread
Bread slices - 4
Ghee - 2 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
For the Cream Sauce
Condensed Milk - 1/2 cup or 4 tsp
Milk - 1/2 cup, more if you want
Corn flour - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Cardamom powder a pinch
For the Sugar Syrup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water enough to cover the sugar
Almonds and Pistachios finely chopped for garnish.
How to make Shahi Tukra / Shahi Tukda
For the Cream Sauce:
In a bowl, take the corn flour and add 2 tsp of milk and blend well to form lump less liquid. Keep it aside.
In a pan take the condensed milk and add the rest of the milk. Bring to boil. When it starts to boil, simmer and slowly add the corn flour mix. It will thicken very fast so keep stirring constantly.
This takes only about 2 mins or so, you will have a thick mix in the pan. If required thinner the cream by adding more milk or condensed milk. Else keep it aside.
Notes: One way to get that creamy texture is to pulse this condensed paste in a mixer for a smooth paste.
For the bread:
Trim the sides and cut into two or four squares depending on how you want to serve.
If you are going to shallow fry, then heat a pan add 1 tsp of ghee and oil. Once it's hot, place all the bread pieces and fry over a low flame. After a couple of minutes, sprinkle the rest of the ghee and oil. Flip to the other side.
If you are going to deep fry, take a Kadai with little oil and heat. When it's hot, deep fry the bread pieces in batches. You will have to add more oil/ghee as you finish up the whole lot as the bread will dunk more oil/ghee.
Deep frying will make the bread be very crisp, while shallow frying will take a longer time to become hard.
Once done, remove and keep it aside.
For the Sugar Syrup
In a pan, take the sugar and water, bring to boil. Remove impurities if any.
Continue boiling till you get a sticky syrup which will be 1 thread consistency. Switch off the flame and remove it.
Dip the fried bread into the sugar syrup and remove to a plate. When you are done with all the bread pieces, arrange on a plate.
Scoop a spoonful of condensed milk cream on each bread piece and garnish with finely chopped almond and pistas.
Serve hot or chilled.
These will make a great dessert for a party both for adults and kids as well!
If you want to make this a rich affair then you really won't be able to indulge in this frequently. I think this low fat, low calorie will suit all our requirement!