Today I’m sharing with you another traditional recipe for Eid morning breakfast, Cardamom Bread Pudding or ‘Shahi Tukray’. It’s a Persian dessert that has crispy pieces of golden fried bread soaked in a mixture of sweet and thick milk syrup. A delightful indulgence that becomes the star of the show on any festive table.

Traditionally it’s made by thickening the milk which takes a long time. I’ve used condensed milk to speed up the cooking process.

Muslims the world over observe Ramadan, the ninth month of Islamic calendar, as month of fasting. The last week of Ramadan begins and the excitement and anticipation of Eidul Fitr (also called the Sweet Feast; the feast of breaking the fast; the Sugar Feast) takes over the entire social scene.

Markets stay open till very late in the night and people throng the malls to buy new, festive clothes, shoes, accessories and gifts. Mithai (dessert shops) gear up to increase the supply to match the manifold increase in the demand of their products. Women begin to plan elaborate menus for big family get togethers. Houses are given a thorough cleaning and the best linen and crockery comes out.

After the morning prayer, something sweet is traditionally served for breakfast. Sheer Khorma ( vermicelli dessert), kheer (rice pudding) or Sooji Halwa (semolina pudding) are among the most popular choices.


6 bread slices
1/4 litre milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk ( 400g)
1 teaspoon cardamom seeds, crushed
1/4 cup olive oil for frying
1/4 cup chopped almonds for garnishing ( or nuts of your choice)

This Is What You Do:

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a frying pan and fry bread slices in batches of 2-3 till golden and crisp on both sides.

Repeat with the rest of the slices, adding two tablespoons oil every time before frying a new batch.

Cut the slices into triangle halves. Set aside.

Heat milk in a saucepan. Add condensed milk and cardamoms. Cook for a while till the milk is reduced and thickened to the consistency of pourable custard.

Dip the slices in milk and spread in a single layer in a dish. Pour the remaining custard over the bread slices to coat them completely. Refrigerate till the custard sets. Garnish with chopped pistachios and almonds.

Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Serves 6

14 Replies to “Shahi Tukray, Cardamom Bread Pudding”

  1. My heart is singing olalalala! Such a tempting dessert. Must admit I’ve not tried making Shahi Tukray at home. However, had the pleasure of tasting it for the first time when I went to Bangladesh a few years ago.

  2. Such a wonderful read. I like the use of condesed milk. Saves lot of time, instead of making rabdi, the traditional way. This is my all time favourite Maria.

  3. This is the Royal connect to the Common Man. Simple ingredients and a dessert fit for a King.
    Best wishes for Ramadan, may all your prayers be answered,

    1. Couldn’t agree more! This one is a real scrumptious treat! While some of the royal delights have become available as street food now, like kulfi falooda, this one remains a delicacy.
      Your kind wishes and comments mean a lot! Thank you so much!

  4. This is such a delicious and affordable treat Maria! It’s actually so easy to make that everyone should try this! Did you ever add cinnamon or raisins as well in this? Or that doesn’t seem to belong to this dessert?
    Excellent work dear Maria:)
    Lots of greetings from both of us!
    Panos and Mirella

    1. How lovely to see you visit my blog, Panos and Mirella πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your kind appreciation. I wouldn’t recommend cinnamon in this, it doesn’t go very well with cardamoms. You can use either of the two though, cardamom or cinnamon. But you can absolutely use raisins and other nuts and dried fruits of your choice to make it more rich and indulgent πŸ™‚
      Warm wishes for a lovely day to both of you and big hugs! xxx

  5. Hi Maria hope ur doing well made this dessert on eid.It s such an easy recipie yet so delicious.Had actually brought ingredients for another dessert but after seeing this on ur blog i changed my mindthe guests really liked d yummy dessert so was worth it thnx πŸ™‚

    1. Dearest Saira, you have no idea how happy you have just made me ! It’s very reassuring when friends try out one my recipes and come back with a positive feed back πŸ™‚ I’m glad your guests enjoyed it and it was worth trying πŸ™‚ hugs !

  6. That. Was. Very easy to. Learn pls. Can. You help me. With authentic. Indian dry. Masala that. Can. Be. Prepared. At. garam masala. Dabeli masala katiyawadi garam masala. So. On. Briyani. Masala hydrabadi masala

  7. Wow. It was . So easy. To. Shahi Tikde hi thank you so. Request is. If. You. Can. Help. With authentic Indian dry masalas. Pls

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