Double ka Meetha: Double ka meetha is a bread pudding dessert of fried bread slices soaked in hot milk with spices (saffron and cardamom). Double ka meetha is a dessert of Hyderabad. It is popular in Hyderabadi cuisine, served at weddings and parties. It is particularly prepared during the festive month of Ramadan and on Eid.
Ingredients (serves 5):
- 10 slices of fresh bread (brown/white)
- 500 ml milk
- 400 gms condensed milk (1 tin)
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons rose water
- 1/2 tsp green cardamom powder
- A few strands Saffron
- 1/2 cup mixed nuts (chopped pistachios, chopped cashew nuts and almond slivers)
- 1/4 cup raisins
- Ghee/oil, for shallow frying bread slices
- Boil sugar with the water in a heavy bottomed pan, to make the sugar syrup.
- Stir continuously, till tiny little bubbles are seen on the surface of the liquid. This indicates that the syrup is ready.
- Keep the sugar syrup aside, to cool down.
- Boil milk with the condensed milk in a deep bottom pan on medium heat.
- Add in the saffron strands and green cardamom powder.
- Boil the milk, stirring continuously, till the milk is reduced to half the initial quantity
- Keep the thickened milk mixture aside.
- Take the bread slices and cut each slice diagonally into two.
- Heat the ghee/oil in a skillet.
- Shallow fry the bread slices, turning them occasionally until they turn golden brown on both sides.
- Allow the fried bread slices to cool.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Take a rectangular baking tray and grease it evenly with ghee or oil.
- Arrange the bread slices in the baking tray in such a way, so that the entire tray is covered.
- Pour in the thickened milk mixture, rose water and sugar syrup over the bread slices evenly.
- Keep aside for about five minutes, so that the bread slices can soak in all the liquids.
- Sprinkle the mixed nuts and raisins on top of the bread.
- Seal the tray with aluminium foil.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 – 30 minutes, or until the liquids are almost dried up.
- Rest the double ka meetha once done, without removing the aluminium foil.
- Double Ka Meetha is ready to be served.
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