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Sheer Khurma Recipe

Sheer Khurma RecipeThis treat is the perfect combination of milky, nutty, and sweet; enjoy our creamy milk pudding made with dates, sugar, vermicelli noodles, almonds, and pistachios. While it’s primarily a dish prepared for Eid-ul-Fitr, this dessert is one you’ll want to make for family and friends to enjoy. 

Small bowls with sheer khurma garnished with almond and pisatchio..

Depending on the host, Ami, Khala, Phophi, Dadi, or Nani will often prepare the dates and nuts the night before. The following morning family gathers to enjoy a bowl of fresh sheer khurma before dressing in their new shalwar kameez and leaving for prayer. For many South East asian families, this traditional dessert is deeply sentimental and evokes feelings of family and celebration.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Milk: I make this dessert traditionally using powdered milk and whole milk. Modern recipes contain evaporated or condensed milk, which are fine to use. If you choose to include condensed milk, I recommend reducing the sugar added.
  • Vermicelli Noodles: I use pre-toasted wheat vermicelli noodles to make it simple. Feel free to buy uncooked noodles. To prepare, break them into thirds and toast them in ghee until they turn golden brown to get the same effect. 
  • Cardamom: Roast cardamom pods in a pan to draw out the flavor and aroma, then grind seeds into a powder. To reduce the preparation time, use store-bought cardamom powder.
  • Sugar: Sheer khurma is naturally sweet because of the dates, so you don’t need to add much sugar. Substitute with palm sugar, maple, or coconut sugar- or you can use a sugar alternative like Monk fruit.
  • Dates: Dates are central to this dessert (I mean, it’s in the name), and they provide a deep caramel-like sweetness and texture.
  • Garnish: Use chopped almonds and pistachios to top the dessert and add textural variation.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND VARIATIONS

Like all food and recipes, sheer khurma has evolved, reflecting the generation and region from which it’s made. Similarly, feel free to change up the recipe and make it your own.

  • Chironji Seeds
  • Rose Water
  • Saffron
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Raisins
  • Kewda Water
  • Cashews
  • Roast the nuts prior to including them in the dessert.

HOW TO MAKE OUR SHEER KHURMA RECIPE

Warm a saute pan over medium heat. Then, pour in the milk.

Add the milk and bring it to a boil.

Bring the milk to a boil, and add sugar, dates, two tablespoons of chopped almonds, two tablespoons of chopped pistachio, ground cardamom, and pre-roasted vermicelli noodles.

Add the dates, nuts, and cardamon.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer. Stir continuously until the noodles become tender.

Cook until noodles are soft.

Crumble milk powder (khoya) over the top, and stir to combine.

Crumble the milk powder over the top.

Scoop sheer khurma into small serving bowls and garnish with chopped almonds and pistachios.

Small bowls with sheer khurma garnished with almond and pisatchio..

COOKING TIPS

  • Soak dried dates for at least 1-2 hours before using them in the dessert.
  • You will know the vermicelli noodles are tender when they soften and droop over the spoon.
  • Roast the cardamon pods, peel the green shell, and grind the seeds into a powder for deep flavor.
  • Sheer Khurma is served warm or chilled.

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A platter of small bowls with sheer khurma garnished with almond and pisatchio..

WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS

  • FRIDGE – Store the leftovers in an airtight container; it will keep for up to 3 days.
  • FREEZER – Allow the dessert to cool, then add it to a freezer-safe container or bag. It will keep in the freezer for 2-3 months.
  • REHEAT – While you can reheat the dessert, I don’t recommend it. The heat from the microwave changes the consistency, also chilled sheer khurma is wonderful!.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is sheer khurma called in English?

Sheer means milk in Persian and khurma means dates. These are the main components of the traditional dessert.

What does it taste like?

Our sheer khurma recipe tastes like sweet, milky pudding with hints of nuttiness from the almond and pistachio. What truly makes it stand out is the consistency; it’s super creamy, and with the tender vermicelli noodles and the chopped nuts- it feels like an adventure with every bite.

Where did sheer khurma originate from?

This dish traces back to Persia, but because of the trade along the Silk Road, this dish became popular in other regions as well.

What is the difference between sheer khurma and seviyan?

Seviyan is the Urdu word for vermicelli noodles. It’s simple to prepare and highlights the noodles without the inclusion of added ingredients like dates and nuts.

Can I make this recipe dairy-free?

Absolutely! Simmer coconut milk or almond milk in place of whole milk in this recipe and omit the milk powder.

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A small bowl with sheer khurma garnished with almond and pisatchio..

Sheer Khurma Recipe

Tressa Jamil and Ami
Make our sheer khurma recipe- a creamy milk porridge with dates, sugar, vermicelli noodles, almonds, and pistachios.
5 from 1 vote
Course Dessert
Cuisine Afghani, Pakistani
Keyword sheer khurma
Course Dessert
Cuisine Afghani, Pakistani
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 290 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 liter milk , about 4 cups
  • 1 cup roasted vermicelli noodles, broken into thirds
  • ½ teaspoon whole green cardamom, toasted, greens removed, and seeds ground
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 dry dates, soaked in water, and chopped lengthwise
  • ¼ cup unsalted pistachio, soaked in water, chopped, and divided
  • ¼ cup almond, chopped or sliced, and divided
  • ¼ cup milk powder (Khoya), crumbled

Instructions
 

  • Warm a saute pan over medium heat. Then, pour in the milk.
  • Bring the milk to a boil, and add sugar, dates, two tablespoons of chopped almonds, two tablespoons of chopped pistachio, ground cardamom, and pre-roasted vermicelli noodles.
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer. Stir continuously until the noodles become tender. Crumble milk powder (khoya) over the top, and stir to combine.
  • Scoop sheer khurma into small serving bowls and garnish with chopped almonds and pistachios to serve.

Notes

Cooking Tips: 
  • Soak dried dates for at least 1-2 hours before using them in the dessert.
  • You will know the vermicelli noodles are tender when they soften and droop over the spoon.
  • Roast the cardamon pods, peel the green shell, and grind the seeds into a powder for deep flavor.
  • Sheer Khurma is served warm or chilled.
 
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1 bowlCalories: 290kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 8gFat: 9gSodium: 95mgFiber: 2gSugar: 29g
Keyword sheer khurma
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