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.