Sheer Khurma

It’s almost Eid and I couldn’t do without sharing this classic Eid dessert on the blog this week. Sheer Khurma is a rich vermicelli pudding made with milk, lots of nuts, dates and sugar!

The dish literally means milk with dates. Its often made during Eid in the Indian subcontinent, Afghanistan and also parts of central Asia. Eid festivities are kind of incomplete until and unless you have Sheer Khurma!

Sheer Khurma served in clay pots in a silver tray

I have very fond memories of waiting eagerly for Sheer Khurma during Eid. One of my dad’s friend who was a muslim, sent us this dessert religiously on Eid every year. Isn’t that the sweetest thing? I would wait every year for that special delivery.

And the moment it arrived, I would eat it like there was no tomorrow. Oh, it used to be so good!

Seviyan (that’s what vermicelli is called in Urdu/Hindi) was cooked often in my house too in form of a kheer. But it was just plain kheer with milk and sugar. This Sheer Khurma which came from uncle’s house used to be so rich and creamy and nothing like I have ever had.

With Eid around the corner, I was craving for that Sheer Khurma again. But now I don’t live in India and well now I am food blogger too so when the craving strikes, you just go ahead and make it!

I am so glad I made it though, it brought back such fond memories.

overhead shot of sheer khurma served in 3 clay pots arranged in a silver tray

This Sheer Khurma is a Rich & Creamy Dessert!

✓ made with whole milk, which makes it very creamy.

✓ rich with all nuts and dried fruits like cashews, pistachios, almonds, raisins and dates!

✓ flavored with rose water and cardamom.

✓ can be served warm or cold. I personally love it chilled.

✓ saffron and coconut can also be added to the sheer khurma if you prefer. I haven’t used these ingredients in this recipe.

Sheer Khurma served in clay pots in a silver tray

Few Tips on Making Sheer Khurma

1. One of the most important things here is to use whole milk. If you use fat-free or 1% milk, the result won’t be the same. So please use whole milk for this recipe.

2 The pudding really thickens as it cools down, so I suggest adding a little milk before serving. It’s a personal choice anyway, if you like it thick then just let it be.

3. Be careful on the amount of sugar in this recipe. Dates and raisins also add to the sweetness so start adding 1 tablespoon at a time and then add more as needed.

4. You really need to use lots of nuts and dried fruits in Sheer Khurma but the most important one is dates. You cannot miss it!

5. Add khoya (dried milk solids) to make it richer and more flavorful. It’s optional but recommended.

6. Consistency of sheer khurma is a personal preference. I like mine thick. If you prefer a thinner khurma, use only 3/4 cup of vermicelli in stead of 1 cup as mentioned in the recipe and use more milk.

Hope you guys enjoy this Eid special Sheer Khurma Recipe. Eid Mubarak everyone! 🙂

Sheer Khurma served in clay pots

Method – How to Make Sheer Khurma Recipe

1- Heat ghee in a pan on medium heat. Once hot, add the chopped nuts, raisins and dates to the pan.

2- Cook for 1-2 minutes until the nuts are fragrant and turn golden brown. The raisins will plump up. Remove the nuts from the pan and set them aside.

3- Now to the same pan, add the seviyan (vermicelli) and mix well.

4- Roast the seviyan for around 3 minutes until it starts becoming a light golden brown in color.

step by step pictures of making sheer khurma

5- Now add the khoya/mawa and roast for another 1-2 minutes. This step is optional, you may skip it.

6- Next add the milk to the pan and stir. Increase heat to medium high and let the milk come to a boil. Stir often in between so that vermicelli doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

7- Once the milk comes to a boil, lower the heat to medium and let is boil for around 8 minutes.

8- After 8 minutes, the milk will reduce and thicken slightly, at this point add in the sugar and mix.

step by step pictures of making sheer khurma

9- Transfer back the fried nuts into the pan and mix.

10- Also add the rose water and mix.

11- And also the cardamom powder.

12- Cook for 2-3 more minutes on medium-low heat and then turn off the heat.

step by step pictures of making sheer khurma

Serve Sheer Khurma warm or chilled. I love it cold!

Sheer Khurma served in clay pots in a silver tray

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Sheer Khurma

Rich and creamy Sheer Khurma is an elegant dessert often made during Eid. This vermicelli pudding is filled with lots of nuts, raisins and dates!

Sheer Khurma served in clay pots in a silver tray
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Keyword sheer khurma
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 429 kcal
Author: Manali
5 from 3 votes
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons ghee, 30 ml
  • 10-15 cashews, broken
  • 10-12 almonds, chopped
  • 10-12 pistachios, chopped
  • 10-15 golden raisins
  • 6-7 large dates, chopped or use 10 small dates
  • 1 cup broken vermicelli
  • 1/2 cup grated mawa, optional
  • 1 liter whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
  • 1.5 teaspoon rose water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

Instructions

  1. Heat ghee in a pan on medium heat. Once hot, add the chopped nuts, raisins and dates to the pan.


  2. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the nuts are fragrant and turn golden brown. The raisins will plump up. Remove the nuts from the pan and set them aside.


  3. Now to the same pan, add the seviyan (vermicelli) and mix well.


  4. Roast the seviyan for around 3 minutes until it starts becoming a light golden brown in color.

  5. Now add the khoya/mawa and roast for another 1-2 minutes. This step is optional, you may skip it.


  6. Next add the milk to the pan and stir. Increase heat to medium high and let the milk come to a boil. Stir often in between so that vermicelli doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.


  7. Once the milk comes to a boil, lower the heat to medium and let is boil for around 8 minutes.


  8. After 8 minutes, the milk will reduce and thicken slightly, at this point add in the sugar and mix.

  9. Transfer back the fried nuts into the pan and mix.


  10. Also add the rose water and the cardamom powder and mix.


  11. Cook for 2-3 more minutes on medium-low heat and then turn off the heat.

  12. Serve Sheer Khurma warm or chilled. 

Nutrition Facts
Sheer Khurma
Amount Per Serving
Calories 429 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 194mg 8%
Potassium 295mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 55g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 18g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 7.2%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 33.6%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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