sheer khurma

Difficulty:

EASY

Preparation Time:

15 Minutes

Cooking Time:

30 Minutes

Total Time:

45 Minutes

Servings:

4

Sheer Khurma is one classic dessert recipe prepared during the festival of Eid. It is a pudding like recipe that is traditionally prepared with milk, dry fruits and vermicelli. Among the dry fruits added to this recipe, dates hold a special importance as the word ‘Khurma’ itself means Dates in Urdu, whereas ‘Sheer’ means Milk. Originated in Hyderabad, this dessert is a household delicacy in Muslim families across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

I have prepared this Sheer Khurma in an easy way using minimal ingredients. Using full fat milk is the key here as it gives this dish the required creamy texture. One may add khoya or condensed milk to regular milk for a richer taste. However, if you are adding condensed milk, skip sugar in that case.

Another main ingredient is the use of chironji, or Charoli, which is basically a lentil sized, nutty almond flavored seed used widely in desserts like Shrikhand too. I have added saffron and cardamom to this Sheer Khurma recipe to add in natural flavours. You can replace them with a few drops of rose water or kewra water (or essence) for a distinct flavour.

Ingredients:

Direction:

  • Soak almonds, cashew nuts and pistachios overnight. Peel them the next day & chop into thin slices. Also chop the dates and keep aside.
soaked dry fruits
chopped dry fruits
  • Dry roast chironji on low flame for 2-3 mins and roughly remove the skin by gently crushing them with your fingers.
roasted chironji
  • Heat ghee in a pan. Add chopped dry fruits and fry for 2mins.
roasted dry fruits
  • Then add roasted chironji and sauté everything on low flame till it turns golden brown. (Don’t brown them too much) Remove and keep it aside.
roasted chironji
roasted dryfruits
  • In the same pan, add vermicelli and fry for 3-4 mins till it changes colour.
vermicelli
roasted vermicelli
  • Now heat ½ litre full fat milk in a pan. Add saffron strands and let it come to a boil.
milk with saffron
boiled milk with saffron
  • Then add half quantity of roasted dry fruits to the milk and let it simmer on low-medium heat for 8-10 mins.
dry fruits
dry fruits in milk
  • Now add roasted vermicelli and sugar. Mix well and again simmer for 7-8 mins or until it thickens. The colour of milk will also change to pale yellowish.
sugar with milk
kheer
  • Lastly add ½ teaspoon cardamom powder and mix well. Turn off the flame.
cardamom powder
cardamom powder with milk, kheer
  • Remove sheer khurma in a serving bowl. Garnish with the remaining half quantity of roasted dry fruits that we have kept aside. You can also add some rose petals for garnish. Serve this Sheer Khurma warm or chilled!
sheer khurma, kheer

Difficulty:

EASY

Preparation Time:

15 Minutes

Cooking Time:

30 Minutes

Total Time:

45 Minutes

Servings:

4