This is a dessert fit for a king. I learnt this recipe from my grandmother who made this sweet using ingredients from in and around the kitchen. Although laden with calories, this is a wonderful treat.

What you need

Bread - 2-4 slices

Milk – 11/2 litres

Ghee – to fry

Sugar – 1 cup

Water – 2 cups

Cardamom – 2-3

Cashews - 4-5

Pistas – 2-3

Raisins – 4-5

Almonds – 3-4

Saffron – a few strands

Cooking instructions

For the sugar syrup

Mix one cup of sugar in two cups of water. Boil for 10-15 minutes to make syrup with a medium thickness consistency.

Add 2-3 ground cardamom seeds.

For rabri

Boil one-and-half litres of milk till it is reduced to quarter litre. Keep stirring in between.

For shahi tukra

Cut bread slices diagonally into two.

Fry in ghee on a low flame till golden brown and dip in the sugar syrup.

Remove immediately and arrange on a plate.

Spread the prepared rabri evenly on top of the sugar-dipped bread pieces.

Decorate with cashews, pistas, almonds, raisins and saffron.

Refrigerate for 10 minutes before serving.

Kripalini Nesakumar is a copyeditor who enjoys experimenting with new recipes and presenting them artistically.