Sheer khurma

Sheer khurma
Place of origin Herat, Afghanistan and another popular version evolved in Hyderabad, Telangana State, India.
Region or state Central Asia, Indian subcontinent
Main ingredients Vermicelli, milk, dates, cashew nuts, cardamom, butter
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Sheer khurma or Sheer khorma (Persian: شير خرما), literally "milk with dates" in Persian, 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,[lower-alpha 1] and a dessert for celebrations. This dish is made from dried dates.

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 (Khurma) are added along with any other dried fruits.[6]

See also


  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 March 19, 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 March 19, 2017.
  5. CaLDRON Magazine. p. 128. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  6. 1 2 3 "Eid special recipe: Sheer Khurma". Zee News. July 25, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2017.

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