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Sheer Khurma
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Sheer Khurma

Who can imagine Eid without Sheer Khurma! Sheer Khurma or Sheer Korma is a traditional Eid dessert served in Muslim homes all over the world. It is served as a breakfast treat right after Eid prayers, and has all the ingredients to provide you with that extra boost of energy to keep your spirits up the whole day! The combination of milk, nuts, dates and raisins provides wholesome nutrition, and the dessert tastes great too. What's more, with our no-fuss recipe, you can cook it effortlessly.


  • Whole milk – 1 gallon
  • Condensed milk or Heavy whipping cream – ½ cup
  • Sugar – ½ cup, white
  • Almonds – ½ cup, blanched and slivered
  • Pistachios – ¼ cup, blanched and slivered
  • Butter – 2-3 tbsp
  • Rose water – 1 tsp
  • Saffron (Zafran) – ¼ tsp
  • Vermicelli (Seviyan) – 1 cup, fine-roasted
  • Raisins (green South Asian style) – ¼ cup, optional
  • Crushed cardamom or cardamom powder – ½ tsp
  • Dried dates (Chhuhara) – ½ cup, pitted and vertically cut into 4, can also use cut-up dried dates


Boil dates in ½ cup milk, remove and soak in water overnight. Refrigerate the milk for use the next day.


Boil milk (include milk left over from the night before) on medium heat in a pot with a heavy base, ideally cast iron. Turn heat to low and continue to simmer.

Sheer Khurma

Separately, heat butter in a sauté pan and add cardamom, cook for a minute.

Add all the nuts, raisins and dates (save some almonds and pistachios for garnish), fry for an additional minute.

Break vermicelli into pieces and add to the sauté pan. Fry until crisp and golden brown.

Combine ingredients in the sauté pan with the milk and add sugar, boil for 5 minutes. Add rest of ingredients, except rose water. Cook 15 minutes, turn heat off and add rose water. Cover and let sit for an hour.

Serving Suggestion: Serve warm or chilled in the refrigerator. Garnish with toasted pistachio and almond slivers.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 8-10

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