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From Shahi Tukda to Phirni: 5 Mughlai desserts to enjoy your Iftar feast

Fasting during Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month, connects people to the One Almighty God. As Ramadan 2024 is going on, families and communities worldwide fast, pray, and contemplate. Ramadan’s Iftar, the fast-breaking meal, is much anticipated. What better way to end a fast than with delicious desserts?

Either Shahi Tukda’s royal opulence or Phirni’s comforting simplicity celebrate tradition, togetherness, and the delights of sharing a meal with loved ones during this beautiful month. 5 delicious Ramadan treats to enhance your Iftar feast.

Royal bread pudding – Shahi Tukda

Shahi Tukda, meaning “royal piece,” is a typical Mughlai delicacy made with fried bread slices soaked in sweetened condensed milk, cardamom, saffron, and chopped nuts like almonds and pistachios. This decadent dessert will elevate your Iftar spread.

Sheer Khurma

Sheer Khurma—’milk with dates,’—is a Ramadan staple. This rich and creamy dessert uses vermicelli cooked in sweetened milk with dates, dried fruits, and cardamom and saffron. Sheer Khurma, which symbolizes togetherness and giving, is ideal for Iftar.

Badam Halwa (Almond Pudding)

Badam Halwa is a delicious pudding made from finely crushed almonds, ghee, sugar, and milk. Finished with saffron strands and edible silver leaf, this silky smooth halwa melts in your mouth and leaves a nutty flavor.

Anjeer Basundi (Fig pudding)

Anjeer Basundi, a rich Mughlai dessert, is made by boiling milk until it thickens then adds chopped figs, saffron, and cardamom. This luscious and comfortable creamy creation has a delicious blend of flavors and textures that perfectly compliment Ramadan.

Rice pudding (Phirni)

Ground rice, milk, sugar, and cardamom are simmered until thickened to make pirni. Phirni, served chilled in clay pots with slivered almonds, pistachios, and rose water, is a delicious and comforting Iftar dessert.

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