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Shahi Tukra

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Adjust Servings:
4 bread slices
3 cup whole milk
2 green cardamom – crushed into powder
1/3 cup ghee
1 tbsp cashews – sliced
1 tbsp pistachios – broken into pieces
1 tbsp almonds – sliced
3 strands of saffron
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup water

Nutritional information

160 kcal
17 g
2 g
11 g
95 mg
1 g

Shahi Tukra

  • Sweet
  • 45 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy



Shahi Tukra is a famous Mughlai sweet dish. It literally stands for a piece of royalty!  This is a rich and delicious dessert that melts in your mouth. The shahitukra recipe is a bread pudding covered with sweetened milk. Shahi Tukra is thought to be a favorite of Mughal emperors for breaking their fast during Ramzan. Till date, this delicacy is served at Iftar. Time to revel in the rich legacy of the shahitukra— the royal gastronomic delight all at your home! Loaded with the delightful dry fruits and nuts, shahitukra makes for a perfect snack for your kids as well if you choose a healthier alternative for sugar.

Health Benefits

The carbohydrates and fat provide enough energy to the body and keep the skin looking good! The goodness of dry fruits and nuts help in revitalizing acting as perfect energy boosters.

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How to make Shahi Tukra

  • Boil milk in a thick-bottomed pan. On boiling, reduce the flame and boil until the milk reduces to half in volume and is thickened. Stir the milk in between while it simmers.
  • Switch off the heat and add sugar to the milk. Stir the milk till sugar dissolves.
  • Add the almonds, pistachios, almonds, and saffron to the milk. Cut off the crusts of the bread and cut them into triangles.
  • Heat ghee in a flat-bottomed pan. Fry the bread pieces in the ghee on a low flame.
  • Flip the bread pieces when they turn brown. Fry the other side of the bread until brown.
  • Remove bread from the pan. Place the bread slices in a flat dish in a single layer.
  • Pour the thickened, flavored milk over the bread. Sprinkle the powdered cardamom over the bread and let it cool in refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • Serve chilled.

It tastes best when served chilled topped with dry fruits. This is a simple dish and takes 45 minutes to make.


Shahi Tukra is a Mughlai dish with several interesting theories about its origin. Some believe that Babur brought it with him to India in the sixteenth century. Some believe it is a variation of the Egyptian dish ‘Um Ali’ which is also a kind of bread pudding. In the Hyderabadi cuisine, there is a similar bread-based sweet dish called ‘double ka meetha’. In India, bread is also known as the ‘Double Roti’, hence the name Double ka meetha. Both Shahi Tukra and Double ka meetha are almost similar except that the bread in the Hyderabadi dish is thicker than that used in the shahitukra.

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