Apart from its biryani, Hyderabad is also known for its delicious food jewel, shahi tukda! It is basically a royal dessert straight from the Mughlai culinary world. Made by frying the bread in ghee, soaking it in sugar syrup, and then smothering it with thick, decadent rabdi – this royal shahi tukda is one of the most delightful yet easy-to-make Indian desserts. 

The best thing about this recipe – it can be made very quickly, just within an hour from scratch. Plus, it will be loved by people of all ages and the plates will be cleaned before you know it!

Where did Shahi Tukda Originate?

It is a dish hailing from the Mughal cuisine and is believed to be invented in Pakistan. It is very popular in India as well. Etymologically the word Shahi Tukda can be broken down into two words Shahi meaning royal and tukda meaning piece.

Shahi Tukda
Shahi Tukda

How to Make Shahi Tukda Halwai-style at Home?

Shahi tukda is a rich Mughlai dessert that is a combination of ghee-fried bread sliced soaked in saffron cardamom sugar syrup and topped with fragrant delicious, and creamy homemade rabdi. Garnish it with chopped nuts and enjoy this unparalleled Indian sweet.

With the help of this recipe, you will be able to make this “Double ka Meetha” at home very easily. Serve it right after having a nice and filling meal to end your dinner on a sweet note with this Hydrabadi delicacy. The name itself suggests that the dish is filled with lavished flavors!

So, let’s see how you can make the shahi tukda recipe easily! 

Quick Stats 

Prep time: 10 minutes 

Cook time: 40 minutes 

Servings: 6 serves 


for sugar syrup:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • few saffron threads

for serving:

  • 6 slice bread (white or brown)
  • 3 tbsp ghee
  • few dry fruits
  • Homemade Rabdi

Method to Prepare 

  • Firstly, pour water into a deep-bottomed pan and add sugar to it. Then, add saffron strands to it and bring it to a boil.
  • Your sugar syrup will be ready when the sugar is completely dissolved. Keep it aside.
  • Add ghee to a pan and heat it.
  • Once the ghee is hot enough, shallow fry the bread slices on both sides, until golden brown.
  • Now, dip the slices of bread in the prepared saffron sugar syrup.
  • Meanwhile, pour 1/2 cup of homemade rabdi into the serving plate.
  • Place the fried bread slices and garnish them with chopped nuts.
  • Serve it and enjoy!

Final Words 

Let us present you with an easy and quick recipe for shahi tukda and help you enjoy this royal delicacy right at home. So, if some special guests are coming over for a dinner then serve them this lavish dessert and earn their praise. It also makes a festive recipe that will taste the best when enjoyed after savory dishes.