Thandai Shahi Tukra is an Indian fusion dish that combines two delicious desi flavours and yet adds a new touch to Thandai. Not only does it tasty but it also boosts immunity and energy. It is an ideal sweet dish to be served especially during summers and is also easy to make.
For this recipe, you will have to add fried bread to the thandai mixture not long before serving to avoid the bread from getting soggy. You can add dry fruits, saffron, cardamom, etc.
What is Thandai?
Thandai is basically a sweet, refreshing cold drink quite popular in India which has a mild spicy taste prepared with a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, watermelon kernels, rose petals, pepper, vetiver seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar and a lot of other rejuvenating ingredients.
Thandai is claimed to be originated in India and is often associated with the Maha Shivaratri and Holi or Holla mahalla festival where it is consumed with cannabis powder. It is most commonly consumed in North India. A vast variety of thandai is consumed in India and the most common are badam (almond) thandai and bhaang (cannabis) thandai.
If you expect guests over on Holi who refuses to eat a heavy meal, Thandai Shahi Tukra becomes is an inviting option. After the main course ends, you could readily surprise them with Thandai Shahi Tukra. Apart from serving Thandai Shahi Tukra as a concluding dish, you could even serve it as a standalone dish.
What is Shahi Tukra?
The word ‘shahi’ means ‘royal’ and ‘tukra’ means ‘a piece’. So shahi tukra’s literal translation is a royal piece indicating that one piece of a traditionally made shahi tukda will give you a feeling of royalty. Being rich in taste, aroma, flavour, and calories it is indeed a royal piece of a dessert that is fit for a king or queen or for you.
1. Boosts Energy
The summer sun in India often leaves people feeling drained and tired. Watermelon and pumpkin seeds are added to thandai to make it a natural revitalizing drink. Moreover, the drink often contains energy-boosting nuts like almonds and pistachios, which also promote the feeling of fullness.
2. Boosts Immunity
Spices added to the Thandai like peppercorn and cloves are important to boost immunity during summers.
1. While buying Bread and milk check the date of packaging and always choose a recent lot.
2. You can prepare Thandai masala at home but it is advised to buy the readymade good quality powder to save time.
Another Thandai based dessert you should definitely try is Thandai Rice Kheer.
Let’s get started with the recipe.
How to Make Thandai Shahi Tukda
Thandai Shahi Tukda Recipe
- 6 Bread Slices White
- butter Clarified for frying bread
- 1 Liter milk full-fat
- 1/3 cup Sugar
- 3-4 Tbsp Thandai Masala
- dry fruits Few chopped to garnish
- Heat milk in a pan.
- Take out 2-3 spoons of Luke warm milk and let it cool down before adding 20gm of milk powder to it.
- Add the milk and milk powder mixture to the milk in the pan.
- Let the milk boil for a few minutes until the quantity gets reduced to half.
- Add sugar and Thandai masala to the milk to make a syrup.
- Remove the corners of bread slices and cut the slices diagonally.
- Heat ghee and when it is hot, deep fry the bread slices till golden brown.
- Remove on a strainer or a tissue lined plate.
- Dip fried bread slices in syrup prepared earlier.
- Garnish with almonds and pistachios slivers.
- Serve immediately.
I am sure there will be a lot of hype in and around the kitchen because everyone will be waiting with their spoons to dive in it.
Siddhi Panchal is a food blogger at CookingwithSiddhi and food aficionado who loves to cook. Her cooking skills cover a range of Indian and international cuisines. Her aim is to enable other food enthusiasts explore their love for food by helping them cook delectable dishes from India and around the world.