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Shahi Tukra | Shahi Tukda | How to make Shahi Tukda

Last week we saw how Rabdiwas made the traditional way. Today we have another sweet that’s usually made during Bakrid or Diwali and is a delicacy. Shahi Tukda is a dish of pure delight .

Resembling its close cousin Double ka Meetha (or perhaps twinning it with another name :)), Shahi means Royal, Tukda referring to piece of bread. There is an interesting linkon how the name of Shahi Tukra evolved , perhaps from the Persians adapted by the Mughals. 

Again if you have the Rabdi ready, this can be put together for a party or potluck in minutes.

To make it richer, this dish is usually topped with Malai and / or fry fruits. However do assemble close to the serving time to prevent it from getting soggy.


This is the final week of the A-Z Street Foods Blogging Marathon

Hope you have been enjoying the ride with the following dishes so far this month on this blog :

Day 1 Amiri
Khaman (Gujarat)
Day 2 Badam
Makha (Kolkata)
Day 3 Churros
Day 4 Dabeli (Gujarat)
Day 5 Esquites
Day 6 Fruit
Kulfi (Kolkata)
Day 7 Galouti
Kebab (Lucknow)
Day 8 Hyderabadi Mirchi Bajji
Day 9 Idly Chilly
Day 10 Jalebi
(with Poha) – Indori special
Day 11 Khara
Day 12 Lucknowi veg Biryani
Day 13 Mango
Day 14 Nachos
with Salsa
Day 15 Oats
Day 16 Papdi
Corn Chaat
Day 17 – to be posted-
Day 18 Rabdi
Day 19 Shahi

Prep time – 10 Mins, cook time -10 Mins , serves : 4


  • 8 bread slices (i prefer brown bread) – sliced diagonally
  • Sugar – 1/4 cup (adjust to taste)
  • Cardamom powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Oil / ghee – for shallow frying (I used the former) – you may deep fry too
  • Rabdi– to top (as required)
  • Saffron stands and chopped nuts – as required



  1. Dissolve the sugar in just enough water for it to immerse in, boil and make a one-string consistency. Add cardamom powder, stir wel and keep aside in a shallow bowl
  2. Cut the bread slices (you may trim the edges if necessary) ,Toast the slices till light crispy, then shallow fry in 1-3 tsp of oil or ghee till golden on both sides.
  3. To assemble:
  4. Dip the shallow fried bread slices in the sugar solution and immediately take them out onto a wired rack with a plate beneath to catch any drips.
  5. Arrange the soaked slices on a plate, top with Rabdi and more malai if you wish.
  6. Garnish with chopped nuts and saffron and serve immediately


  • Some people make this skipping the sugar syrup completely and only dunking the deep fried bread in condensed milk / Rabdi. Either way it is a delicacy. I got this recipe from a friend in Lucknow. 
  • Bread can be deep fried or shallow fried. I first dry roasted it and then shallow fried in a few tsp of oil to get a golden brown. It was perfect
  • If the syrup is thick, you may a few TBSP of boiled and cooled milk to thin it out and then dunk the slices in the sweetened milky sauce 🙂



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  1. vaishali sabnani

    Shahi Tukda is a fantastic and royal dessert , I used to make it so often ! Looking at this creamy shahi Tukda I feel like having some , it looks so rich and creamy.

  2. Shahi Tukda looks yummy. I have tasted them few times outside and like it so much, but still haven't tried on own. It's super tempting!!!

  3. Sharmila kingsly

    Nothing can match the taste of a heavenly shahi tukda.. Yummy and rich!!

  4. I was guessing you might post shahi tukda as the next and yayyy I am correct. Such a sinful dessert creamy and rich. Drooling here.

  5. Very tempting, Kalyani. I cannot resist this at all. So to reduce the guilt I first toast the bread in the regular toaster and then apply ghee to them 🙂

  6. Priya Suresh

    Shahi tukda with rabdi, who will say no to this dangerously delicious sweet. Absolutely delicious and rich shahi tukda.

  7. Gayathri Kumar

    Awesome pick for the day Kalyani. This is such a tempting treat and I am drooling here..

  8. That is one amazing treat Kalyani. Love your trip of dry roasting the bread and then roasting it with ghee – saves a lot of calories without losing the flavor and texture. I’m sure going to try that out.

  9. This is surely such a sinful dessert! ghee toasted bread with thick radbi is out of the world Kal!

  10. Mayuri Patel

    A delicious dessert Kalyani. I've tasted shahi tukra and love it but still haven't made it at home. I like your idea of toasting the bread first. That way less fat is use.

  11. wow so those lachedar rabdi got transformed to such a decadent and sinful dessert 🙂 looks so yummmmmm !!! Very nice idea of toasting the bread with ghee !! Fantastic recipe !!

  12. cookingwithsapana

    Shavi tukda is such a royal dessert and you have made it just amazing. I wish to grab it right from the screen.

  13. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    This is the perfect choice for the alphabet. I made it as Double ka meetha for D.

  14. Suma Gandlur

    Tempting dessert. Toasting the bread instead of deep frying makes it less guilty version.

  15. preeti garg

    No dessert can beat the taste of shahi tukra.. looks so tempting and rich.

  16. Such a sinful dessert Kalyani and you have made it guilt free too!That rabdi on top of the slices looks so creamy and yum!

  17. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    That looks totally shahi kalyani! perfect recipe for S!!!

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