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A plate of bread fried in ghee and soaking in a milk mixture and garnished with nuts.

Shahi Tukra

Shahi tukra is A dessert made for royalty.  Similar to a bread pudding, a sweet treat indeed.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Pakistani
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 459kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine


  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Milk powder
  • 3 pods cardamom
  • 4-5 strands saffron
  • 3 Tbsp ghee
  • 8 slices white bread crust removed
  • 1 Tbsp cashew nuts chopped
  • 1 Tbsp almonds chopped
  • 1 Tbsp pistachios chopped


  • In a thick bottom pot, add in the milk, sweetened condensed milk, sugar, cardamom pods and saffron strands.  Turn the heat to a medium and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally so it does not stick or burn
  • When it comes to a boil reduce the heat to low and continue a low simmer until it reduces by about half.  This will take about 10-15 minutes. Continue to stir on occasion.
  • Add in the milk powder and stir until smooth.  Remove the cardamom pods. Set the milk mixture aside.
  • The bread crusts should be removed and you can make a shape like either a triangle or 4 squares.  I cut them diagonally to make triangles. 
  • In a fry pan, melt the ghee.  When warm add in the bread pieces and cook until golden brown and flip over.  You may want to add more ghee if needed.  Transfer to a plate when browned.
    golden brown toasted bread on platter
  • Arrange the fried bread on a serving platter and pour over the rabadi (milk mixture).
  • Garnish with nuts.  This dish can be served either hot or chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.
    a plate of shahi tukra fried bread covered with milk and nuts



Calories: 459kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 351mg | Potassium: 450mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 400mg | Iron: 2.4mg