Sheer Khurma (Vermicelli Pudding)

by Leena Kohli (@leenakohli)
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Sheer Khurma is a popular dessert dish in South Asian cuisine typically served during festive occasions. It is a rich, creamy vermicelli pudding made with milk, sugar, nuts, and dried fruits. This authentic Sheer Khurma recipe is perfect for those who want to indulge in a delicious and traditional dessert that is easy to make at home.


6 Servings
  • 1L
    - full-fat Milk
  • 1cup
    Vermicelli (roasted)
  • 2tbsp
  • 3tbsp
    Sugar (for caramelising)
  • 1/4cup
    Sugar (or to taste)
  • 1/4cup
    Dates (chopped)
  • 1/4cup
    Almonds (chopped)
  • 1/4cup
    Pistachios (chopped)
  • 1/4cup
  • 1/4cup
    Dry Coconut (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2tsp
    Cardamom powder
  • 1/2tsp
    Kewra Water (optional)


  1. In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat the ghee on medium heat.

  2. Add the chopped dates, almonds, pistachios, sliced dry coconut, and raisins and fry for a few minutes until lightly golden. Remove from pot and keep aside.

  3. Heat 3 tbsp sugar over medium heat in the same pot. Add little water and keep stirring until it melts and turns golden brown.

  4. Immediately pour it into the milk, keep stirring, and boil it.

  5. Add vermicelli and stir for a few minutes until it turns light brown.

  6. Lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  7. Add sugar, cardamom powder, fried dates, almonds, pistachios, dry coconut, and raisins. Stir well and cook for another 5-7 minutes.

  8. Check the consistency of the Sheer Khurma and adjust as necessary by adding more milk or simmering longer to reduce the liquid to achieve the desired consistency. (Note: Sheer Khurma tends to thicken as it cools, so either serve it warm or add more milk while cooking to prevent it from becoming too thick).

  9. Turn off the heat and add kewra water. Stir well.

  10. Garnish with chopped nuts and serve it chilled or hot, according to your preference.

Tips & Tricks

  1. Use a heavy-bottomed pot to prevent the milk from burning and sticking to the bottom.

  2. Be careful while caramelising the sugar, as it can burn quickly. Keep stirring continuously until the sugar turns golden brown.

  3. Fry the nuts and dates in ghee before adding them to the Sheer Khurma.

  4. Adjust the amount of sugar to your taste preferences.

  5. You can use a combination of different nuts of your choice.

Leena Kohli
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