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Shahi Tukray

This shahi tukray recipe is a modern adaptation of a classic, fragrant South Asian bread pudding popular during Ramadan for Iftar.  
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani Cuisine
Servings 4


  • 6 slices white bread edges removed and cut in four triangles
  • 1 cup oil canola/sunflower/vegetable
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • Pinch of saffron threads toasted and ground
  • 6 cardamom pods removed and seeds ground
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 5 oz. sugar or to taste
  • 1 tbsp pistachios crushed


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Butter a square baking dish.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan. Fry bread in batches, about 2 ½ minutes each side, till golden brown. Set aside.
  • Bring milk to boil and lower heat. Add ground saffron and cardamom, and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • In the meantime, beat eggs and sugar in a large bowl till well-mixed.
  • Pour milk into the egg and sugar mixture, and beat again.
  • Pour custard over bread, and bake uncovered for 25 minutes.
  • Top with crushed pistachios.
Keyword bread, pudding