Today is a great day to celebrate. After more than two hundred years of British rule, India , after a great struggle, won backs its freedom on 15th August, 1947 and that my friends was 61 yrs ago.
As i awoke this morning i realized how much i was missing being in India, as mum used to always make us wonderful traditional feasts with some really fancy sweets to celebrate today. Being in a far away land and all nostalgic, i couldn’t help but get up n try to recreate the magic. Now getting up last minute does have its advantages and no time to go shopping, and considering the ingredients on hand, i opted for ” Shahi Tukda ” – directly translated to Royal Bite/Piece. Its basically fried bread soaked in rich Rabri. Rabri is milk with dry fruits boiled for hours together until its all evaporated and thick. And besides I’ve seen that almost everybody has a bread dessert in their culture, so what better time to show off mine
I remember making Rabri used to be such a big deal at home. It was dad’s specialty, but he used to make me slog my ass off on it n take all the credit it. He’d put a giant pot of milk to boil over the gas and have me sit right in front as it required constant stirring – FOR HOURS !!! n i absolutely hate milk, n I’d be like dad … i need to go play, its my play time, i don’t want to sit n stir this, n he would be like, every girl should know how to work patiently in the kitchen, playing will not help you in the future, your skills in the kitchen will !! I would sit there with a swollen face stirring that damn Rabri … and the best part was i didn’t even like it back then ! Ha ha, see how times change, and i do thank my dad for all that he taught me, he would be so happy to see this today. But honestly i cant stand for hours together to make it, so I’m doing a cheats version, just as good as the real thing :p
- 200 ml sweetened condensed milk
- 200 ml milk ( i used semi skimmed as that’s what was available, you could use whole )
- 100 ml cream
- handful of pistachios and almonds slivers
- 2-3 pods cardamon
- few strands of saffron
- 4 slices of bread – used brown … at least something should be healthy in here
- 1 tbsp ghee
In a pot mix the crushed cardamon seeds, milk and condensed milk and boil it for about 10 mins. Add a few strands of saffron, slivered almonds and pistachios reserving some to garnish. When its reduced and thick remove from gas, and cool. Beat the cream lightly to thicken in a bit, but not to much and fold it in the milk mixture. Set aside. Cut the corners of the slice bread and cut it diagonally, leaving with you with triangles. In a frying pan, put the ghee and toast the slices of bread till they are crisp n well browned. Now soak these in the Rabri and leave in the fridge to chill. When ready to serve, place the slices of bread on the plate, pour over the Rabri and garnish with the remaining dry fruits.