Sheer Khurma

Sheer Khurma

Sheer Khurma is a popular and indulgent dessert that is traditionally prepared during the festival of Eid in many parts of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The name "Sheer Khurma" translates to "milk with dates" in Persian, highlighting two key ingredients of this dish. It is a rich and creamy vermicelli pudding cooked in milk and garnished with various nuts and dried fruits. Here's a recipe to make Sheer Khurma:


  • 1 liter full-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup vermicelli (seviyan)
  • 1/4 cup ghee or clarified butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar (adjust according to taste)
  • 1/4 cup chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried figs
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 cup chopped cashews
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • A pinch of saffron strands (optional)
  • Rose water for flavoring (optional)


  1. Heat ghee or clarified butter in a large pan or kadai over medium heat. Add the vermicelli and sauté until it turns golden brown. Stir continuously to ensure even browning.
  2. In a separate saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer.
  3. Add the roasted vermicelli to the simmering milk. Cook for about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  4. Add sugar to the pan and mix well until it dissolves completely.
  5. Stir in the chopped dates, dried figs, almonds, pistachios, and cashews. Reserve a handful of nuts for garnishing.
  6. Add cardamom powder to the pan and mix well to combine all the ingredients.
  7. Continue to simmer the Sheer Khurma for another 10-15 minutes until the vermicelli is cooked and the flavors are well incorporated. The pudding should have a thick and creamy consistency.
  8. Optional: Crush a few saffron strands and dissolve them in a tablespoon of warm milk. Add this saffron-infused milk to the Sheer Khurma for additional flavor and a golden color.
  9. Remove the pan from heat and let the Sheer Khurma cool down slightly. It will thicken further upon cooling.
  10. Garnish the Sheer Khurma with the reserved chopped nuts and a few additional saffron strands for decoration.
  11. Optionally, add a few drops of rose water for a delightful aroma and flavor.
  12. Serve the Sheer Khurma warm or chilled, according to your preference.

Enjoy the rich and creamy Sheer Khurma as a delightful dessert after a special meal or during festive occasions. The combination of vermicelli, milk, and a variety of nuts and dried fruits creates a delicious and indulgent treat that will surely be loved by all.

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