Sheer Khurma/Vermicelli Pudding

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Serves 4

The name Sheer Khurma literally translates to mean 'Milk with Dates' in Urdu. This is a 'festival' vermicelli pudding prepared on Eid in many South Asian countries especially Pakistan. It is a traditional festive breakfast, and can be served as a dessert for celebrations. 

(broken into pieces)
1 litre
whole milk
(more if you want it on the watery side)
4 tbsp.
evaporated milk
2+1 tbsp.
butter or ghee
dates, deseeded and chopped into small pieces
1/4 cup
of assorted nuts, chopped
(I used cashews, almonds and pistachios)
1 tbsp.
3-4 tbsp.
sugar or to taste
pinch of saffron
pinch of cardamom powder or vanilla essence

Heat the milk and evaporated milk with the sugar, saffron and cardamom powder. Keep it warm.

Heat the first 2 tbsp. butter until melted, then add the vermicelli and fry on low heat until they turn golden. Remove and set them aside in a bowl. Add the 1 tbsp. butter into the pan, and fry the raisins, chopped dates and nuts. Once well roasted, add back the fried vermicelli, give everything a stir then add the warm milk.

Cook for a few minutes until the vermicelli is nice and soft and the milk has thickened.

Serve into a bowl and garnish with some nuts and sliced dates. You can either serve this warm or chilled.

Enjoy! :)


Hello Fauzia you rock,which raisins specifically?Thanks

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Hi!! Any that you like, I prefer the light/golden raisins normally but have used dark ones at times when am out of the golden ones and they work just perfectly too.

gona try this tonight inshAllah :)

salaams.. thank u so much for the recipes. would like to know what i can substitute instead of evaporated milk dnt have that... ?thank u

Would it be okay to use half-and-half instead of whole milk, to give it a richer, creamier taste?

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Sure, that would be fine.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

They are kishmish or sultanas.

hey fauzia can i knw wat s raisins

Can you make this recipe using the thin and thick vermicelli ?


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Best with thick vermicelli. request is to add the recipie of rusmalai in desserts.

Salam - is it possible to make this the night before, refrigerate and then heat up the next day?


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W/Salaam, yes you can.

Salam. Can you please give me an idea for how many people this recepie serves? Can I use double cream in it as well?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, servings are written under the pic on the right side. This serves 4. Yes you can use double cream if you want it richer.

What can i use instead of evaporated milk?

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Boil milk until it becomes very thick and heavy.

Assalamu alaikum

How is texture of this dessert? Is this what the Indians call 'payaasam'

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W/Salaam, yes it is similar to payasam.