513. Sheer Khurma

July 19, 2015mayurisjikoni
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A happy and peaceful Eid

   The month long fasting period is over and its time to celebrate Eid. Fasting for a whole month without water and carrying on with ones work and routine is not easy. Hot weather makes fasting that much more harder and I feel bad for the ones fasting in the Western countries. For them the fasting period lasts longer. During the month of Ramadhan, loads of street food is sold for Iftar, samosas, kebabs, juices, mamri, kaimatis, dates etc etc.
   One cannot help but get into the festive mood in Mombasa. Shops and malls are decorated, shops are busy and open till late. Delicious food is sent home by Muslim friends and tempting aromas waft through from neighbours homes. To celebrate Eid this year I decided to make Sheer Khurma. Sheer is milk and khurma is dates in the Persian language. Sheer Khurma is made as a breakfast treat on Eid and also as a dessert. Its usually served the whole day to guests.Certain ingredients may vary according to the regions but the main ingredients are milk, dates, vermicelli, sugar and nuts.

     Here’s wishing all fellow bloggers and friends Eid Mubarak. May the coming year be filled with happiness, peace and prosperity for you and your whole family.

NB : For this long weekend hubby and I had gone away to our beach apartment. I usually get time to blog sometimes. I had kept this recipe ready to post on Eid day. However my antique computer gave up on me. I forgot the charger, and the battery life is shorter than a mayfly! So sorry for the delay in posting.




Serves 4
4 cups full fat milk
2  tbsp sugar
2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
½ cup vermicelli
6 dates
1 tbsp almond pieces
1 tbsp pistachio pieces
1 tbsp cashew nut pieces
1 tbsp raisins
a generous pinch of saffron
¼ tsp cardamom powder
few rose petals
  1. Heat milk in a thick bottomed pan over medium heat.
  2. When it gets a little hot take about a tbsp of milk and put it into a small bowl. Add saffron to it. Leave it on the side till required.
  3. Take ½ cup of the hot milk and put it into a bowl. Pit the dates and chop it into big pieces. Add to the hot milk. Keep it on the side till required.
  4. When the milk comes to a boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer till its reduced a bit. Keep stirring frequently to avoid the milk from scalding at the bottom.
  5. Add ghee into a small kadai or frying pan over low heat. Roast the nuts in it till they are light golden in colour. Remove the nuts from the pan and leave on the side.
  6. Add raisins to the ghee and stir till they plump up. Remove and add to the nuts.
  7. Add the vermicelli and roast till its golden brown.
  8. Add the vermicelli to the milk.
  9. Add sugar and condensed milk. Stir the milk mixture frequently till the vermicelli is cooked.
  10. Take the pan off the heat. Add the nuts, raisins, saffron milk, date mixture, rose petals and cardamom powder.
  11. Mix well and serve hot or chilled.
Tips :
  • Add nuts of your choice.
  • Add rose water or kewra if you like.
  • To make it into a more richer sheer khurma, add fresh cream.
  • If you prefer a less sweeter sheer khurma, don’t add the sugar.
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  • Gloria Fernandes

    July 19, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    sheer khurma looks really delicious

  • Sona S

    July 20, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Sheer kurma looks absolutely delicious.. Should try this sometime..

  • Amrita Roy

    July 20, 2015 at 3:32 am

    lovely sweet dish

  • beena stephen

    July 20, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Very tasty sweet

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 20, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    thank you Gloria

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 20, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    thank you Sona, do try it, its pretty rich.

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 20, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    thank you Amrita

  • Mayuri Patel

    July 20, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you Beena

  • Nayna Kanabar

    July 20, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Happy Eid, This is a perfect dessert for celebrations.

  • Annapurnaz

    September 12, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Sheer kurma is one such dish that I can never resist and will keep on coming back in kitchen to have more and more. I don’t need a reason to make it. I don’t add condensed milk. I’m sure it must have lifted the taste.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 12, 2018 at 11:02 pm

      Thanks Ritu, the condensed milk just makes the thicken part quicker and yes adds a sweetish taste too.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    May 16, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    I love sheer Khurma.. such a rich dessert loaded with dry fruits. It tastes even the next day . As a kid I used to wait for Eid as my Muslim friends would send biriyani and sheerkhurma

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 18, 2020 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks Shobha, Sheer Khurma also brings fond memories for us.

  • Archana

    May 17, 2020 at 6:56 am

    Hmmm! I want some! It is definitely difficult for a sweet person like me to live with sweet not likers. If you get my meaning. I am drooling over the pics and will do anything to get my hands on this delicious sheer korma.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 18, 2020 at 7:38 pm

      Join the club Archana, hubby and I too belong to the sweet loving club, love our Indian mithai and desserts.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    May 17, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    sheer korma looks yumm mayurji Rich and royal , A perfect dessert for celebrations!!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 18, 2020 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you so much Priya.

  • Mina Joshi

    May 18, 2020 at 11:58 am

    The sheer kurma looks delicious. I remember having this a lot in Kenya at my faiba’s house. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Now I have no excuses for not making it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 18, 2020 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks Mina, the way we Gujaratis make it and the way the Muslims make it during Eid is different. Its much creamier and thicker and rich.

  • Kalyani

    May 18, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Sheer Kurma is so decadent and creamy – always a crowd pleaser… my kids love this …

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 18, 2020 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks Kalyani. Sheer kurma always reminds me of our friend’s mother.

  • Renu

    May 19, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Loving the rich and creamy Sheer kurma and those individual serving glasses. Yes you are so right, fasting for the whole month is not easy. Here during this time, the nights are so short and it is unbelievable how many still do the fast.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      That’s true as their fasting lasts longer than here in Kenya. There were times when visitors use to come during Eid to give us presents and I found that serving in small glasses a good option as they wouldn’t want a whole bowlful.

  • Chef Mireille

    May 19, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    What a delicious looking treat however I have a question. Doesn’t eid go by the calendar? Why is it longer in the west?

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 19, 2020 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks Mireille, it does go by the calendar but the Sunnis and Shias both celebrate Eid on different days. We have some friends who wait to sight the moon and others celebrate Eid on a set date. I think what I meant in the west its longer is the time they break their fast. Usually falls around summer or spring longer daylight means longer days of fasting. Usually they break their fast at sunset.

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