Shahi Tukray (which literally translates to royal morsels…ha!) is an Indian dessert, typically made during Eid. It’s said to have roots in Mughlai cuisine, however throughout India and Pakistan, there are different versions of it. In some places in India, you might get “Double ka meetha” which is a more milky version of Shahi Tukra, and it’s quite similar to Om Ali or bread and butter pudding.
This type of Shahi Tukra differs in that it’s soaked in a bright orange syrup rather than milk and traditionally topped with malai – although this recipe uses double cream. And this is the kind of Shahi Tukra that you probably get in Delhi or Lucknow.
Shahi Tukra usually requires stale or left over bread. But, because I was feeling a bit fancy, I used Brioche instead 😉 .
- 1 loaf of brioche
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- Orange food colouring – whole bottle if you’re using regular liquid food colouring. If you’re using powdered food colouring or a gel one, add enough it make the syrup a bright orange colour.
- 1 tsp cardamom powder
- Ghee or butter (for cooking)
- Whipped double cream
- Sliced pistachios
- Rose petals
- In a wide and deep saucepan, add the sugar, water, cardamom powder and orange food colouring (whole bottle), and bring to boil for 10 minutes until all the sugar dissolves.
- Turn off the heat and set aside.
- Cut your brioche loaf into 1-inch thick slices.
- In a large frying pan, add a teaspoon of ghee or butter, and lightly toast the brioche. It should be a very light golden colour. Set all toasted brioche slices aside in a plate.
- Take your brioche slices and soak them in the orange syrup. Leave them in there for a few minutes until the brioche is fully soaked.
- Carefully lift the soaked brioche slices and place in a serving dish. Do this with all the slices.
- Whip some double cream with an electric whisk until you get soft peaks.
- Once your brioche slices are cool, top them with whipped cream.
- Sprinkle sliced pistachios and rose petals on top.
Time to impress your guests with your Brioche Shahi Tukray!