Friday, June 17, 2016


Sheer Khurma is a traditional Muslim festive breakfast / dessert.This special dish is served on the morning of Eid day in the family after the Eid prayer as breakfast, and throughout the day to all the visiting guests. Vermicelli roasted in desi ghee is cooked with milk. Lots of dry fruits, dates, raisins and sugar are added along with cardamoms and rose water for flavouring this rich dessert.

Roasted vermicelli .. 1/2 cup
Milk ............ 3 cups
Sugar ........ 1/4 cup (adjust as per your taste)
Salt .... 1 pinch (to balance the taste)
Cardamoms .... 4-5
Unsalted pistachios ... 2 tbsps (sliced)
Unsalted almonds ..... 2 tbsps (sliced)
Dates ............... 5-6
Raisins .... 1 tbsp
Saffron ....... 2 pinches 
Silver varq ..... 1 (optional)
Rose water ... few drops
Desi ghee ..... 1 tbsp

1. In a thick bottomed pan heat desi ghee and saute the vermicelli for half a minute.
2 Now add the milk, saffron and crushed cardamoms.
3.. Simmer it and keep stirring until the vermicelli are cooked.
4. Now add sugar and a pinch of salt and simmer until the sugar melts. 
5 Tip in the sliced pistachios, almonds, raisins and sliced dates. If the dates are not fresh soak them in hot water or milk before adding.
6. Finally stir in the rose water.
7. Garnish the sheer khurma with silver varq and some sliced dry fruits before serving.
You can serve it warm or chilled.

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  1. I love sheer korma - lovely traditional recipe, miss having it with friends in Bombay.- Manjiri - travelsfortaste

  2. I love this rich and decadent dessert. Your bowl of sheer korma look delicious and very tasty.

  3. I have grown up eating this as my best friend's mum used to make this for Eid. We all helped in chopping the dry fruits previous day and then pigged out on the biryani and the kheer. This looks so good. Brought back a lot of memories for me.

    1. Same here.. we used to enjoy biriyani and sheer korma in our Muslim friends house during Eid.

  4. looks so creamy and delicious - my kind of dessert!

  5. This dish always brings happy memories of y childhood, when we were treated this dessert at my best friend's place.Aunty used to make yummy Sheer Khurma. Love the your version.. the bowl looks so inviting all decorated with silver vark and nuts!!

  6. The best sheer khurma I've had was made by my hubby's friend's mum. Till they were in Mombasa, we'd get plenty of sheer khurma from her. I love how one can add loads of dried fruits and nuts to make it so delicious.

    1. True Mayuri.. Muslim families make it so good. We also used to enjoy it in our friends house in childhood.

  7. Sheer khurma is a must during Ramadan or Id and your version looks so delicious with all the fruits and nuts


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