Just as the name suggests it’s very “Shahi” – royal in taste and texture. It comprises of a toasted bread slice soaked in sugar syrup and served with slightly thick creamy sauce and garnished with chopped nuts.
The dish comprises of 3 parts : 1) preparing the toasted bread slices, 2) preparation of sugar syrup, 3) preparation of the thick creamy milky sauce – Rabdi. Traditionally, in the first step the bread slices are deep fried, preferably in ghee. However, now that we are becoming so much health conscious and it is also the need of the hour, we can plainly toast them in a pop up toaster or can also toast them in a conventional oven after slightly buttering them. I have tried both ways. For the third and last step, you can either do it from scratch by boiling milk and reducing it to half or also use store bought rabdi mix. Again I have tried both. For the second option, I have tried rabdi mix by Gits. Whenever you make the rabdi you should take care to make it just sweet or slightly sweet. If it becomes too sweet, then when you serve the sugar soaked toasted bread slices, the entire dessert will taste drastically sweet. So the sweetness of rabdi should be such that when served along with the sugar soaked toasted bread slices, the dessert should taste just right.
- 12 bread slices
- Butter/ ghee
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- Few strands of kesar
- 500 ml whole milk
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
- Slivered nuts like cashew, pistachios, almonds
- We need to discard the edges of the bread slices. For that you can cut the slices into circles using a bowl with sharp edges or into squares or triangles. In the picture I have cut them into circles. But when you have less slices than the number of guests you can cut each into two triangles or four squares.
- Apply little butter/ghee on either side of the bread slice. Toast them for 8-10 minutes by flipping them mid way in an oven preheated at 180 C. They need to be toasted well and be slightly browned.
- In a thick bottomed non stick pan, heat 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water stirring continuously till the sugar dissolves completely. Then add the kesar strands and continue to boil till the sugar syrup thickens to single strand consistency.
- Allow it to cool slightly. Then soak the toasted bread slices into the sugar syrup for around 5 mins flipping in between. Set them aside.
- In a non stick pan, boil the milk and continue to boil till it is reduced to half the quantity. Then add the sugar and cardamom powder.
- You can boil it further till it thickens and reaches your desired consistency.
- Allow it to cool.
- While serving serve it cold, by pouring a spoonful of rabdi over the sugar soaked toasted bread slice and garnish with slivered nuts.