Sheer Khorma an Exotic Vermicilli Dessert


Sheer Khorma an Exotic Vermicilli Dessert
Sheer Khorma, literally means "milk with dates" in India.  On special occasions such as Ramadan Eid, this dessert is made with vermicelli, non-dairy milk, nuts, raisins and dates. 

Ever since I was a child, I remember the special dishes my mom made the night before in preparation for Eid morning. She would make a rice dish called khichdi, which I have perfected over the years with tomato chutney and a very special exotic, dessert called Sheer Khorma. It is my FAVORITE dessert! I could eat bowls of this sweet, warm, soft vermicilli, the taste of this sweet still lingers in my mouth.

The recipe below is a much healthier version than the rich, sugary, buttery recipes you will find on the web. Enjoy this guilt-free, healthier version I made with no-oil, non-dairy milk, nuts of choice, some honey and dates for sweetness!

  • 3-4 Cloves
  • 10-12 Almonds Crushed
  • 10-12 Cashew Nuts Crushed
  • 10-12 Raisins
  • 2 tbsp Pistachios Crushed
  • 2 tbsp Chironji
  • 1 cup Fine Vermicelli
  • 1 quart Almond, Cashew, or Soy Milk
  • 12 Medjool Dates Chopped
  • 15-20 strands saffron Soaked in 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
  1. In a pan add cloves, almonds, cashew nuts, raisins, pistachios and Chironji and saute till they are slightly browned.

  2. Add vermicelli and saute till slightly browned.
  3. Next add milk of choice, almond, soy or cashew milk and add the dates and cook for 10-12 minutes till vermicelli is softened.

  4. Add saffron soaked in milk and cardamom powder and cook for another minute.
  5. Garnish with almonds, more sliced medjool dates and pistachio slivers.
  6. Serve warm. Enjoy!