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Shahi Tukda / Bread Rasmalai

shahi Tukda
Around midweek ...Wednesdays, Thursdays, one thought crosses my mind.... What special shall I cook for this weekend?  Sometimes, I go through my blog's older posts just to see what is my blog missing.  Its a win win.  We get to try new delicacies to satiate our taste buds and my blog gets a new post.  Turns out today is the turn for Shahi Tukda which is also called as Double ka Meetha.  Recently, I found out another name for this dessert - Bread Rasmalai where the bread slices are round in shape.

Ingredients:
Bread Slices - 3
Whole Milk - 4 cups
Sugar - 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp
Almonds, Pistachios - 4 each
Green Cardamom/Elaichi - 2 pods
Saffron/Kesar - few strands
Ghee/Clarified Butter - 3 tbsp

How to make Shahi Tukda or Double ka Meetha:
  • Discard the sides of the bread slices and cut each one into 2 triangular pieces or any desired shape.  You can cut out round circles with a cookie cutter as well.  Heat about 3 tbsp ghee in a pan.  Fry the bread pieces until golden brown and crisp.  Add more ghee if required.  Let the fried bread cool.
  • Crush cardamom seeds and saffron in a mortar pestle to a fine powder. Chop almonds, pistachios and any other nuts of your choice.
  • Heat milk in a thick bottom vessel, keep stirring after every few minutes. When milk is reduced to half, add ground cardamom, saffron and 1 tbsp sugar.  Add more or less sugar to suit your taste.  Continue cooking till sugar dissolves and milk turns creamy.  Keep this sweetened milk aside.
  • To save some time, you can use store bought Sweetened Condensed Milk and dilute it with milk, until you get the desired consistency and sweetness.
  • Now preparing the sugar syrup for fried bread.  Heat 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup sugar in a vessel.  Cook till sugar melts and the syrup turns slightly sticky.  After the syrup cools down, dip the fried bread in it.  Coat the bread slices well and arrange them on a serving platter.  Hot fried bread and hot sugar syrup is not good for this recipe, bread will turn soggy. 
  • Pour the sweetened milk on the bread slices.  Garnish with chopped nuts and refrigerate for about an hour or so.  Enjoy chilled Double ka Meetha.

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