Shahi Toast

"Shahi" means Royal and as the name suggests this dessert is a rich bread pudding with dry fruits and a flavor of cardomom. It is very easy and quick to make. When in a hurry for a dessert you can make this and it is loved by all.

You can make it in sugar syrup or rabdi (thickened flavored milk). Personally I like it both ways. Both have their own flavor and taste and liked by all.


Preparation Time: 10-15 min
Cooking Time: 10-12 min
Serves: 3-4


For Toast
4 slices of white bread, crusts removed and cut diagonally into quarters
Oil for deep frying

For Topping
1/2 cup grated khoa
1 tblsp thinly sliced pistachio nuts and almonds
1 tblsp raisins

For Sugar Syrup
2 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
few strands of saffron - optional
1 tsp cardamom powder - optional


For Rabdi - Milk Syrup
1 litre Whole milk or 1/2 litre Half and half
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cardomom powder
few strands of saffron - optional


You can either use Sugar Syrup or Rabdi for dipping the toasts in.

Make Sugar Syrup

  1. Boil sugar and water until the sugar dissolves completely - about 5 min.
  2. Add saffron and continue boiling until this is of 'one wire' consistency - about 4-5 min.
Make Rabdi

  1. If using whole milk - heat on slow heat and reduce to half. Stir frequently to avoid burning at the bottom.
  2. If using half and half - heat for about 5-10 min on slow heat.
  3. Add sugar, saffron and cardomom. Mix well till all sugar dissolves.
Make Toast

  1. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry bread slices on medium heat till golden. The bread fries very quickly, so take care to remove immediately before it turns black.
  2. Dip the fried bread into sugar/milk syrup for 1-2 min till it soaks in the syrup. Remove immediately and arrange on a serving tray.
  3. Garnish each slice with khoya and nuts.

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