Everyone loves bread pudding – this is an established and unarguable fact. That said, there are many cultures that enjoy bread pudding and one of my all-time favorite versions is from northern India, called Shahi Tukda. The Maharajas of old did everything over the top and since northern India uses a ton of butter and cream, it stands to reason their desserts would be exceptionally rich.
They even gilded their desserts with edible silver foil called Varq, believed to offer strong health benefits in the Ayurvedic Indian medical tradition. It has no flavor and is literally so thin it will blow away from just the force of your breath.
I’ve taken it to true Maharaja levels of excess by also adding edible gold foil as well as silver. If you think this is expensive – you’re wrong. You can buy the needed gold and silver leaf sheets on Amazon here.
I also added lavender flowers for taste, aroma and color as well as a few drops of pomegranate molasses (available at any middle eastern grocery store or Whole Foods) for color and some needed tartness to offset the unholy richness of the dish.
The final plate is a symphony of colors: silver, gold, green, red, yellow and purple and is insanely delicious. The aroma of lavender, roses and rare spices will transport you to the Indian subcontinent in the days of the Rajas in all their splendor!
Wow your guests and make this, my citizens!
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The Hirshon Indian Bread Pudding with Rose Petal Jam
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