Shahi Tukray – Dessert for Breakfast

Today I’m sharing with you another traditional Persian 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. The word Shahi Tukray means a royal morsel or snack. Some say that Babur, the founder of the Mughal dynasty, brought it with him to South Asia in the 16th century, and that it descends from Middle Eastern bread puddings such as Aish el Saraya and the Egyptian Um Ali.

Shahi Tukray vs Western Style Bread Pudding

It’s interesting to trace back in history how breads evolved into various sweet and savory desserts. Especially how almost every culture has a version of Bread Pudding now. Bread is a staple that goes back centuries. I believe, like modern times, the chefs from days gone by also disliked wasting leftover or stale bread and thought of creative ways to use it in new recipes. The main difference between English Bread and Butter Pudding and Shahi Tukray is of eggs. Bread and Butter pudding is baked in a rich cream and egg custard which gives it the fluffy soft texture. Perhaps the royal chefs of Babur wanted to retain a little texture in every bite instead of the fluffiness of eggs. Therefore the un-crusted bread was first fried in ghee, or butter and then baked in sweetened creamy milk flavored with saffron, cardamom and rosewater and garnished with almonds, pistachios and dried fruits. Finally decorated with chandi or sonay kay warq (silver or gold leaves).

Shahi Tukray, Cardamom Bread Pudding by foodaholic.biz

Shahi Tukray – A Sweet Treat for Sweet Eid

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 thoroughly cleaned and the best linen and crockery come 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. Shahi Tukray was a favourite of the Mughal emperors to break fast with in the month of Ramazan. The practice continues even today, making it a very desirable dish at iftar as well as at the festive occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr .

Shahi Tukray, Cardamom Bread Pudding

Maria Nasir
Shahi Tukray is a Persian recipe of rich, fragrant and creamy bread pudding from the royal Mughal kitchens, flavored with spices and nuts.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
chill time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Persian
Servings 6 persons

Ingredients
  

  • 6 slices white bread
  • 1/4 litre milk
  • 1 tin condensed milk 400g
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom seeds crushed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or ghee (clarified butter) for frying
  • 1/4 cup almonds or pistachios for garnishing

Instructions
 

  • 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 serving dish.
  • Pour the remaining custard over the bread slices to coat them completely.
  • Refrigerate till the custard sets, almost an hour.
  • Garnish with chopped pistachios, almonds or nuts of your choice.
  • You can serve it chilled or at room temperature.
Keyword bread pudding,, breakfast, egg free dessert, Eid Easy Dessert, Middle Eastern, Persian Cuisine

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,
    Regards,

    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 🙂 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 🙂
      Warm wishes for a lovely day to both of you and big hugs! xxx

      1. Thank you so much for clarifying Maria! We’ll first try with cardamom then. Have a beautiful day!
        Hugs,
        Panos and Mirella
        xoxoxo

  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 🙂

    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 🙂 I’m glad your guests enjoyed it and it was worth trying 🙂 hugs !

  6. That. Was. Very easy to. Learn pls. Can. You help me. With authentic. Indian dry. Masala that. Can. Be. Prepared. At. Home.like 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. Much.my. Request is. If. You. Can. Help. With authentic Indian dry masalas. Pls

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