One of the things that can lift up our mood when we are experiencing post-Pujo depression is ‘Bijoya’. It is a generally accepted fact that the main reason of being happy about Bijoya is all the sweet dishes which we devour almost every day till Kali Pujo. When your friends and family are busy serving ‘rasogolla’, ‘sandesh’ and ‘mishtidoi’ why don’t you surprise your guests and yourself with the Hyderabadi special sweet dish,“Sahi Tukda”.
Two different tastes mix well with each other in this dish and truly justify its other name ‘double kameetha’.Not to mention its easy recipe, readily available ingredients and yummy taste that will encourage you to prepare it even after Bijoya or Diwali whenever you are up for a quick and tasty sweet dish.
Maintaining the consistency of the milk base and the balance of the sugar syrup is the only difficult part about preparing this dish.
The Magic Ingredients:
✓ 4 – 6 brown bread slices
✓ 1 and 1/2 cup of sugar
✓ 1/2 cup water
✓ 1/2 litre milk
✓ 1/2 tsp saffron
✓ 5-6 green cardamom
✓ 5-6 Almonds
✓ 8-10 pistachios
✓ 5 -6 cashews
✓ Cooking oil
✓ Make both the milk base and sugar syrup at the same time to save the total time.
✓ Add milk and half the saffron in a pan and bring to boil. Add 1/2 spoon of cardamom powder or crushed cardamomand simmer for a few minutes. Remember to stir it continuously. You need a sauce-like consistency for this dish, so do not make it too thick. Once it’s almost ready add 2 spoons of sugar, the remaining saffron and switch off the gas in 30 seconds.
✓ If you don’t get the right consistency, then mix it with a blender or spoon (whichever is available with you). Add a little milkto make it smoother.
✓ This will take approximately 10-12 minutes to be cooked properly. While it is getting ready, you can prepare the sugar syrup and bread.
✓ After keeping the milk to boil, start making the sugar syrup. Put 1 cup of clean sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a pan and keep it on medium flame for 3-4 minutes. The sugar needs to melt well to make a sugar syrup. You need this sugar syrup mildly sweet so do not add a lot of sugar. Once ready, switch off the gas and keep it aside. Add 2-3 drops of lemon juice to avoid crystalizing the syrup.
✓ Remember to stir the milk in between.
✓ Cut the almonds, pistachios and cashews in small pieces.
✓ Cut the brown bread in a shape you like. You can use white bread also. I am using brown bread as it is a healthier option. I prefer to cut out the comparatively hard bread sides. You don’t need to throw those extra bread sides. You can use them as bread crumbs or bread bhurji or bread upma or something else.
✓ Put white oil in a pan and heat it on high flame adding 2 crushed cardamoms. Put the gas on low-medium flame. Shallow fry thebread slices till golden brown.
✓ Put the fried beard slices on a kitchen tissue to remove extra oil. You can use ghee instead of oil. I prefer oil as a healthier option again.
✓ Dip the fried breads in sugar syrup while they are hot so that the syrup is soaked in bread properly.You needto dip the bread in syrup for 10-12seconds. Don’t dip for too long as you need the bread to remain crisp.
✓ Place the bread slices on a serving plate and layer it with the thickened milk. Garnish it with dry fruits and serve.
✓ You can serve this hot or cold.You can keep the ShahiTukda in fridge and enjoy it for 2 days.
15 – 20 min. Time will increase with the quantity.
If you like sweet and fried stuff, you will love this one. Crunchy sweet bread with a tasty milky sauce added to it and the nutty taste of dry fruits makes the dish delicious. Making this sweet dish is also super fun as it needs very little concentration because of the easy steps.