Sheer Khurma/Vermicelli Pudding

Servings : 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. 


  • 100gm vermicelli (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
  • 4-5 dates, deseeded and chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup of assorted nuts, chopped (I used cashews, almonds and pistachios)
  • 1 tbsp. raisins
  • 3-4 tbsp. sugar or to taste
  • pinch of saffron (optional)
  • 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! 🙂

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