Shahi means Royal and Tukda means Piece, a very apt name for this delicious dessert.
It's an traditional Mughlai dish. Fried bread slices are dunked in saffron and cardamom flavored sugar syrup and then topped up by scrumptious Rabdi. Each and every bite of this sinfully delicious dessert is heavenly!! It's a very simple and easy dessert to make.
Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami) is a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil.
It is also known as Vijayadashmi (‘Vijay’ meaning ‘victory’ and ‘Dashmi meaning ‘tenth day), as it is believed that it was on this day that Lord Rama killed the demon-king, Ravana and rescued his abducted wife – Sita. In other words, it signifies the triumph of good over evil.
In the northern parts of India, huge effigies of Raavana, his giant brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnath are placed in vast open grounds. Fireworks and crackers are placed inside the effigies. And the effigies are burnt to signify the victory of good over evil.
On this auspicious occasion of Dussehra kheer is made at our place.
But today I wanted to make something different.
So made Shahi Toast with a twist.
Instead of topping the toast with the usual Rabdi I just blended some kheer in the blender n voila topping is ready.
Just to go with the mood decorated the toasts in RAAVAN HEADS STYLE.
Shahi Toast or Shahi Tukda as the name suggests is a rich,royal,calorie laden bread pudding. Its easy to make n yet high on taste.
I am updating this recipe with some new very beautiful pics. and this time I have topped it with Rabdi. Click here- RABDI
to get the recipe of Rabdi.
Bread slices- 10
Oil/Ghee for frying
For Sugar Syrup-
Sugar- 1 cup
Water- 1/2 cup
Green Cardamoms- 3-4, only seeds
Saffron Strands- 9-10
For the topping:
Traditionally the Shahi toast is topped with rich cream or rabdi. You can either top it up with Rabdi, Kheer or even CrEam.
Pista slivers, Chopped Almonds and Dry Rose petals
Cut the edges of the bread slices.
Cut them in desired shape.
(I’ve cut them in circular shape with the help of a cookie cutter to make the Raavan heads)
Heat the ghee on a medium flame.
Deep fry the pieces of bread in it till they are crisp and golden.
Drain on paper towels.
Meanwhile in a pan put sugar, water, cardamom seeds and saffron.
Keep the pan on heat and let the sugar dissolve.
Keep stirring. Do not overcook. We don't want to make string consistency sugar syrup.
Once the sugar is all melted keep stirring for 3-4 minutes.
Sugar syrup is ready.
Put the fried bread slice in warm sugar syrup.
Let the fried pieces soak syrup for 15-20 seconds.
Take them out from the syrup.
Arrange the pieces on the serving platter.
Top the pieces with Rabdi.
I’ve topped them with blended thick Kheer
To make eyes I’ve used choco chips n for mouth cherries.
Garnish with pista slivers, chopped almonds and rose petals.
Enjoy the yummy treat!!!!!