Sheer Khurma

Sheer Khurma, Sev ni Kheer

Sheer Khurma, Sev ni Kheer
Sheer Khurma, Sev ni Kheer

Sheer Khurma or Sheer Khorma(literally means “milk with dates in Urdu) is a festive vermicelli pudding prepared by Muslims on Eid ul-Fitr in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is a traditional Muslim breakfast, and a desert for celebrations. Sheer (in Sunskrit has a same meaning as Milk), is Persian for milk and Khurma is Persian for dates. This dish is made from dried dates.

This special dish is served on the morning of Eid day in the family after the Eid prayers as breakfast, and throughout the day to all the visiting guests.

You will find a few different recipes for this. This is my mum’s recipe. This was dinner served with Puri and Batata no Shak


  • 1             tbsp butter
  • 2             oz sev(vermicelli)
  • 1             lt homo milk
  • 1/4         cup sugar
  • 1/4         tsp crushed cardomon seeds
  • 1/4         tsp nutmeg powder
  •                A few strands saffron
  • 1/4        cup chopped finely, almonds and pistachio
  • 2             tbsp finely chopped dates(optional)
  • 1             tbsp raisins (optional)


  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and fry the vermicelli till it golden brown in colour, about 5 min.
  2. Add the milk, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to mark 4, add the sugar, and spices and let it cook on low heat stirring frequently till the vermicelli is soft and the mixture is thick, about 15 minutes.
  3. Serve hot or cold.
  4. Decorate with fruit and nuts before serving.

You can use half and half to make it rich.

You can also add 1 small can evaporated milk.


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