Sheer Khurma

When Suja published her desire to feature guest posts, I was the first one to pounce on it with a comment. I love her blog, Pepperbowl, for various reasons. She does full justice to her tagline – A cookbook with tingling recipes. And it does not fail to tingle anywhere! Each recipe of hers is a treat to the eyes. I love her photographs and the simple way that she goes through each and every recipe. It is a pleasure to be writing this guest post for her…

After a lot of thinking, I decided to give her a kheer which is normally served during special occasions such as Eid and marriages in the Muslim community in parts of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. “Sheer Khurma”, which basically means “milk in dates”, is a type of thick vermicelli pudding with lots of nuts and dried dates. Though not very popular in Kerala – the place wher I hail from, having lived my life in UAE has got me accustomed to a lot of flavors and definitely Sheer Khurma is one of my favorite desserts to make when I have guests coming in. Vermicelli is always a winner and adding the nuts and rose water takes the dessert to a different level.


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Sheer Khurma

Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian/ Pakistani
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Rafeeda


  • 1.5 ltr milk
  • 200 gm thin vermicelli
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp cashewnuts slit
  • 2 tbsp pistachio . .,kernels, chopped
  • 2 tbsp almonds chopped
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 6 dry dates
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tbsp rose water
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  • Soak the dry dates in hot water, chop it into small pieces.
  • Heat ghee in a saucepan. Add in the nuts and fry briefly for a minute. Drain and set aside.
  • Fry the raisins till puffed, set aside.
  • Now add in the vermicelli and sauté till it becomes crisp. Ensure not to burn or brown it. Sautéing on low flame for around 5 minutes is sufficient.
  • Now add in the milk, cardamom and sugar and allow the milk to boil. Once boiled, leave it on medium flame and continuously cook till the milk shrinks to half and the vermicelli is completely cooked. Keep stirring in between to avoid it sticking to the pan.
  • Add in the fried nuts, raisins, dry dates and rose water and mix well. Adjust the salt.
  • Serve warm or cold, as you like it – both ways, it tastes delicious!

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  1. lovely click raffee <3

    1. Thank u so much aara… 🙂

  2. good one dear…and loved the colour combo..the red and colourful background really compliments the whitish Sheer ! (y)

    1. Thank u so much sona… 🙂

  3. lovely recipe to relish

    1. Thank u so much…

  4. lovely post rafeeda. Now off to suja's pace.

    1. Thank u so much lisha…

  5. Thats an tempting sheer khurma , looks so yummy !!

    1. Thank u so much manju…

  6. Lovely guest post..and delicious the new look of your space

    1. Thank u so much kaveri…

  7. That everyone ones fav in my family.. Yumm

    1. Thank u so much rumana…

  8. Look at those vermicelli strands those made me to salivate. perfectly made recipe.

    1. Thank u so much eliza..

  9. yummy dessert dear…love this..

    1. Thank u so much shabbu…

  10. very nice 🙂 i am one of the Sheer khurma lover since i was a kid and my mom used to make 🙂

    1. Thank u so much monu… 🙂

  11. can I have a spoon?

    1. Yes of course nammi…

  12. Looks wonderful.. I love sher kurma.. This looks perfect

    1. Thank u so much gloria…

  13. Lipsmacking good sheer khurma, very inviting clicks dear.

    1. Thank u so much sanoli…

  14. Nice click..hopping over to check the recipe…

    1. Thank u so much pankthi…

  15. mouthwatering here….my friends mom used to make these during Eid…u reminded me of it…here I go drooling over this now…

    1. Yeah, that's the time it's usually made anupa… thank u so much…

  16. I eat sheer khurma lot when my Ammi makes it, now off to discover your style

    1. Thank u so much rashida…

  17. So mouthwatering …….Feels like wanna lick it……

    1. Thank u so much remya…

  18. Sheer khurma adipoli Rafeeda, lovely guest post.

    1. Thank u so much Swathi…

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