Thursday, August 31, 2006

Double Ka Meetha/Shahi Tukre-JFI-Milk

It was a couple of months back my sweet Nellore girl had asked me,"Ma'am,can you get me the recipe for Double ka meetha?..."I was in one of my usual absent mindedness that I said that I dont know it at all...While JFI was announced,I tried to recollect all those sweets that I had eaten which had dairy products in it!!It then struck me that a couple of yrs back when I had been to Hyderabad for a week's stay,I had pounced upon something called Double ka Meetha in the Menu card,for the obvious reason that it translated as double sweetness!! I love anything sweeeeeeeeeeeet and anything Hoooooooooooot,eccentric,ain't I?!!Then I remembered my Hyderabadi friend saying that Khubani Meetha,and Double ka meetha are inevitable Hyderabadi desserts for any kind of celebration...So I fixed it on Double ka meetha for JFI Milk hosted by
  • Vineela
  • .. Hmm...Milk,butter/ghee and double cream :)!!!....Interestingly I found that Shahi Tukre which is quite a popular sweet in North India and Pakistan is nothing but Hyderabadi Double Ka Meetha...Hmm...so obviously the Moghul influence...

    Hyderabadi cuisine stands tall with its 400yr old culinary culture,its Nawabi aristocracy and is a wonderful blend of Mughal,traditional Andhra& Telangana cuisine.You know, in the Nawabi banquets often the dishes were decorated with varq (a very fine pure silver leaf)!!Gosh!!I wish I could be a guest of the Nawab!!Hyderabadi Biryani has become one of the most sought after Biryani variety.Interestingly,when I went thro' the recipes of Hyderabadi Biryani, I found that they are much the same as
  • Malabar Biriyani
  • .Well Hyderabadi cuisine doesnt stop with Hyderabadi Biriyani.There are plenty of wonderful lipsmacking dishes that come under this genre.Some of their culinary delights include Khubani ka Mitha, Pheni- a sweet vermicelli delicacy eaten during the festival of Diwali and Halim, a meat dish traditionally eaten by Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan(Very much like the Malabar Alsa) and a host of other pure ghee sweets etc.I remember that we did plenty of shopping in Hyderabad.... bought plenty of sweets from the Karachi Bakery near Mau'zzam Jahi Market, Nampally(Osmania biscuits),Badaam ki jaali from some shop near Azeez bagh palace and one big basket full of grapes,some pearls,lots of sarees,bags etc on the way back from Hyderabad!

    Double Ka Meetha is perhaps the most famous sweet dish of Hyderabad, served on every festive occasion,&easy to prepare as well.Often it is served warm, and it would be a wonderful dessert for a chilly winter! But you can have it chilled too,if it like it that way...It is just awesome either way!Hmmm...it is a little high in calories,but very very very tasty.....Ok...ok...I know u guys have to go thro' so many recipes in the JIHVA....so let me cut short my banter and now straight to the recipe:
    Double-Ka-Meetha
     















    Ingredients:
    Regular white bread-4 slices (cut each slice into 4 pieces)
    Milk-1 1/2 cups
    Sugar-3/4cup
    Water-1/4cup(for sugar syrup)
    Double cream-1/2 cup(u can use less as well)
    Butter/Ghee-1+1=2 tbsp
    chopped cashew nuts-25g
    Raisins-25g
    Almonds-25g(blanched and slivered)
    Cardamom-1/2 tsp
    Saffron-1 or 2strands
    Dates-25g-chopped(optional-not added traditionally)
     













    Method
    Cut the edges of the bread and cut each slice into four pieces.Heat a pan.Add some butter or ghee and roast the bread pieces until both the sides turn golden brown.Now arrange the bread pieces in a large baking pan.
     












    Roast all the nuts and raisins in ghee/butter and spread them over the fried bread pieces along with chopped dates uniformly.Now boil milk with saffron and cardamom powder.Pour the hot milk over the arranged bread.Now make a sugar syrup in a sauce pan.Pour this sugar syrup also over the bread.Finally pour the double cream uniformly over the bread.Either serve it hot or refrigerate and eat it chilled!! It is a tru Nawabi dessert that you will love to the last morsel!It is just irressistible...a sweet tooth's ecstasy!
















    Bread Pudding
    I just tried the European counterpart of Double ka Meetha,the bread pudding.I just personalised
  • Ellen Warfield's recipe
  • a few changes, like, I used cardamom powder, instead of cinnamon,added some double cream,glazed cherries...hmm... that's it.Having tasted Double Ka Meetha I should say that Bread Pudding falls short of the richness and the fine aroma of Double ka Meetha.Double ka Meetha,to be honest, is at least 10 times better than the Bread pudding...It is amazing just the method of cooking makes so much of a difference on the taste!
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    Khubani Meetha
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    27 comments:

    nav said...

    Oh my god, that looks so yummy, although I have always hated the oversweetness of this Hyderabadi traditional mithai..Truly said - it IS a sweet-tooth's ecstasy!

    gattina said...

    Oh I like it, esp warm dessert! Yes, it looks very festive! What a wonderful recipe for JFI!

    Shaheen said...

    it looks similar to the english bread pudding.its milk time, so like u said, can't really worry abt statistics. the figures are going to soar...

    indianadoc said...

    >Nav!after a long time?...So less busy?Well sweetness is something tht u can always tone down to u'r requirements....but for me it has always been one of my top ranking dessert!
    >Gattina,thanx for the kind words...yes it is indeed very festive...
    >Shaheen,yes it looks similar to the English bread pudding,but English pudding add egg, as far as I know...we dont know whether the Moghuls had any European influence behind this recipe!!Oh dear...i'm not going to bother abt to statistics when it comes to sweets!!

    sudhav said...

    Shynee,thats a mouthwatering dessert.....its so rich ....and...no words to explain..can i have some?thanks for the recipe..

    Krithika said...

    That's a delicious dessert. Very rich ... thanks for sharing

    shilpa said...

    Wow..thats a great looking dish. Though I do not like sweets, I am getting tolerant towards them these days. This dish would be my next sweet dish :). thanks for sharing. A wonderful entry for JFI.

    aqua said...

    adichu thakarkkukayanallo doc!! Today i will try to make prawns biriyani.. so feed back on monday..

    Onashamsakal!! I will miss my Onam this time.

    KrishnaArjuna said...

    yum yum yum! Shynee I am going to invite myself over to your place :-)

    Prema Sundar said...

    Hi shynee,
    I have tasted this sweet before ,but I didn't know the name of it. I liked it so much that I wanted to do it ... And now i know the name and the recipe.. thanks for sharing.

    renuramanath said...

    thank you shynee, i'd been thinking, oh! i should post something for the past couple of weeks. but, the days had been too hectic. running after so many things both at work and at home. yesterday we went to mumbai, to attend the opening of a friend's exhibition, returning today. meanwhile, my computer table underwent some changes of design, after which i have never been able to work comfortably. till now. earlier, it was a much better design. but now just five minutes, my neck and arms start aching. i've to change the design yet, to find out what went wrong.
    don't worry. i'll get something special for you all during onam !

    Menu Today said...

    Hi Shynee,
    Delicious "Double Ka Meetha" . Thanks for sharing.

    Linda said...

    Hi Shynee, I too thought this sounds a little like a bread pudding, but much richer even without the egg. I would like to try this at Thanksgiving. Very nice writeup and recipe, thanks!

    Lera said...

    yummmmmmilicious ! indianadoc,
    you are tempting us with endless sweet recipes..perhaps, it's gonna make all the foodies like me double, our joy on seeing your delicious "double ka meeta "....:)

    Anonymous said...

    I really Admire you for putting in so much time and effort to make tasty food for your family inspite of being a Doctor with a busy schedule.

    Daagh said...

    hey doc, your shahi tukre looks so yummy and inviting... i once tried to make them a few months back and they turned out to be a disaster :-D

    this recipe of yours has given me new hope...

    thanks for your comment and wishes on my blog :-)

    oh yeah, can you please share the categories code which you have implemented on your blog, please

    Anonymous said...

    Hi! this is rg.

    Double ka meetha sounds interesting. will try it out soon. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    BTW, wish you and your family a very happy onam.

    indianadoc said...

    >Sudha,it is indeed a rich dessert...but absolutely yummy...Hmm..By which courier do u want me to send it to u dear?!! :)
    >thanx krithika for dropping in...
    >I wish that u grow more n more tolerant of sweet dishes Shilpa so that I can learn more of them fr u!
    >dang u, dang u aqua!!pl do try the biriyani...and dont forget to tell me hw it was...Onaashamsakal to u...Dont miss it...have it here with a band...oru sadya okkey orukki adipoliyayi aghoshikkooo!!
    >KA...u'r always welcome dear!!
    >thanx prema...and happy to know that it is useful for u now...
    >Oh Renu! so many things happening...hope u'r design will start behaving properly and tht u'll come up with a wonderful post
    >MT,you are welcome dear!!
    >Linda,I tried breadpudding too for the obvious reason tht they sounded similar...bt ws disappointed ... Nawab is truly Nawab...royal...and at least 10times better!!Pl do try n let me know too...
    >Oh Lera...thanx a ton...I always wish that u'r happiness is doubled every time u come here!!
    >Anonymous thanx...only the doc is busy not the cook!! :)
    >Daagh do try again and pl do tell me whether u liked it this time...categ code, i shall mail it to u..
    >Thanx rg...it is a lovely sweet..pl do try...and thanx a lot for the Onam wishes...

    Aruna said...

    Looks so yummy.As soon as I saw this I'm thinking of doing it for my son's B'day which is coming next month.by the way I don't see any double cream in the grocery stores.
    Could u help me with the detailed procedure?Do i need to pour hot milk and sugar syrup immidiately one after the other.Or while frying bread do i have to prepare sugar syrup and Boil milk simultaneously or can i take my own time?.And howmuch should i do for 35 members.

    Tahnks ,
    Aruna.

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    Manasi said...

    Hi Ur recipe has been lifted (or maybe just the snap) Pl do check it out @ itv.com (by some one called Nisha)

    indianadoc said...

    thanx manasi for letting me know o the plagiarism...it is indeed very disgusting...and I'm surprised the no of copied articles in it...ridiculously shameless!!

    Anonymous said...

    By the way, the name's double ka meetha not because it's twice as sweet, but because bread is called double roti (Leavened, no that's why)

    Anonymous said...

    its looks damn delicious
    is it something similar to shahi tukra and wat if we bake it at a high temp for say 5-10 min do u think it wud turn out good

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