Sheer khurma

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Sheer khurma
Sheer Khurma.jpg
Place of originHerat, Afghanistan and a popular version evolved in Hyderabad, India
Region or stateIndian subcontinent, Central Asia
Main ingredientsVermicelli, milk, dates, cashew nuts, cardamom, butter

Sheer khurma or sheer khorma (Persian: شير خرما‎, romanizedshîr xormâ "milk and dates") is a festival vermicelli pudding prepared by Muslims on Eid ul-Fitr[1][2] and Eid al-Adha in Afghanistan, Indian subcontinent and parts of Central Asia. It is a traditional Muslim festive breakfast,[a] and a dessert for celebrations. This dish is made from various dry fruits, vermicelli, condensed milk, sugar etc. Depending on the region, cardamom, pistachios, almonds, cloves, saffron, raisins, and rose water are also added.

This special dish is served on the morning of Eid day in the family after the Eid prayer as breakfast, and throughout the day to all the visiting guests. It is very popular throughout the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia.


The main ingredients used in sheer khurma are vermicelli, whole milk, sugar and dates.[4] Depending on the region, cardamom, pistachios, almonds, cloves, saffron, raisins, and rose water are also added.[5]


Vermicelli are fried in clarified butter.[6] Then milk (sheer) is added and the vermicelli are allowed to cook further.[6] As the mixture thickens, sugar and dates are added along with any other dried fruits.[6] In some areas locals opt to use a higher milk to vermicelli ratio because they prefer a thinner drink like consistency[7]

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  1. ^ "Having bathed and dressed in their newest outfits, they sit down to the traditional breakfast of sheer khurma and milk"[3]


  1. ^ Singh, K. (2010). City Improbable: Writings (R/E). Penguin Group. p. 190. ISBN 978-0-14-341532-9. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  2. ^ Goldstein, D.; Mintz, S. (2015). The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets. Oxford University Press. p. pt1124. ISBN 978-0-19-931362-4.
  3. ^ Ikramullah, S.S. (1992). Behind the veil: ceremonies customs and colour. Ceremonies, customs and colour. Oxford University Press. p. 120.
  4. ^ Narain, P. (2000). The Essential Delhi Cookbook. Penguin Books. p. 202. ISBN 978-0-14-029326-5. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  5. ^ CaLDRON Magazine. p. 128. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Eid special recipe: Sheer Khurma". Zee News. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Sheer Khurma Recipe , How To Make Sheer Korma » Maayeka". Maayeka. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2020.