For those of you who know what this wonderful dessert is, i’m sure you know the recipe as well. But for those of you who don’t, this is a Pakistani dessert, which as wikipedia claims, has it’s roots in Mughal cuisine. But all you need to know is that it’s awesome, and it’s pretty easy to make. And the ingredients are pretty straightforward too. I wanted to try to making it without any shortcuts, just to see how long it takes, and let’s just stay that it’s much easier to use evaporated milk, instead of slaving away at the stove boiling down milk to a third of what it started out as. There’s not much cooking involved. You just need to fry some bread (my new favorite breakfast), and simmer some milk with cardamom, but that’s about it.
Here’s what you’ll need for a medium sized dish.
6 pieces of bread
butter or oil
3 cardamom, crushed, without the peel
2 cups evaporated milk
4-6 tablespoons sugar, depending on how sweet you want it
1 cup cream (already whipped)
Start off by frying the bread. If you don’t want to use too much oil, which I didn’t want to, I just spread a thin layer of butter on both sides of each toast and fried it till golden brown.
You can cut them diagonally or keep them whole, according to the dish you’re using. Then in a saucepan on a low heat simmer the milk with the cardamom seeds. Once it starts thickening a little, after about 5 minutes, add the sugar. Keep it on a low flame for about 2-3 more minutes. You might have to keep stirring occasionally so the milk doesn’t burn on the bottom.
Now all you have to do is pour the milk over the fried bread.
It may seem like there’s a lot of milk, but the bread soaks it all up eventually. Keep the dish in the fridge and let it cool down before you top it off with the whipped cream and sliced almonds. I toasted the almonds in a bit of butter because I have the store bought pre-sliced ones, and if you don’t toast them they taste like card board. For about 3 tablespoons of almonds I used 1/2 a teaspoon of butter.
Now all you have to do is pop it in the fridge till its chilled. You can have it warm, but it’s not as good. Enjoy!!