Sheer meaning "Milk" and Khurma meaning "Dates or Sweet" is a popular South Asian dessert made during the holidays. It is exactly what it means, a sweet milk. Its thin vermicelli noodles in a rich cream and milk mixture with sugar and dates, cooked to make a nice silky dessert milk or pudding, with a garnish of nuts. If you were in any Pakistani, Indian, or Bangladeshi home and woke up to the aroma of Sheer Khurma you knew it was Eid. I remember my mom would make a huge pot of it and we would stand with our bowls ready to gulp it down as fast as we could and rush out the door to make it to Eid prayers.
It's a staple and what better way to share the spirit of Eid than by gifting sheer khurma to family and friends or co-workers. It's as authentic as you can get!
1⁄2 c. ( 1⁄2 pk.) Vermicelli Noodles
1 Tbsp Butter
4 c. Milk
2c. (pint) Half n Half
1⁄4 c. Sugar
2 Cardamom Pods
2 Tbsp Slivered Almonds
2 Tbsp Chopped Pistachios
2 Tbsp Chopped Dates (optional)
All you need is a pint size mason jar, or jar of choice. Add your dry ingredients, and your nuts in a separate resealable bag. (You may cut the recipe to make smaller favor jars if you’d like).
Vermicelli can be found at your local Indian/Pakistani store. For a Gluten Free alternative you can get rice vermicelli instead of using wheat vermicelli.
Just fit everything in and place the lid and that’s it! Decorate it with a bow, some cute labels and, a recipe card and you have the cutest authentic Eid dessert package to share with family and friends. All your friends and family have to do is add the milks and butter!
Here's the printable lables so you can get started on your Sheer Khurma gifts!
Another revised version for 2018. These can be printed front and back, Eid wishes on the front and recipe on the back!
Method to making the dessert:
-Cook vermicelli noodles and butter in a sauce pan until noodles are slightly browned.
-Now add the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the dry fruits and nuts.
-Bring it to a boil and let simmer for 15 mins, then add your dry fruit and nuts, reserving some for garnish.
-Let it cook for another 10 to 15 mins until the noodles cook through and the milk slightly thickens.
-Pour into serving dish and garnish with reserved dry fruit and nuts.
-Serve warm or chilled.
Wishing you "Sheer" joy this holiday season, Eid Mubarak! :)