Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sheer Khurma

Sheer Khurma

To Start off  my Blog ,I want my first post to be something Sweet.Nowadays  I am seeing an advertisement of cadbury's where in  it says " kuch shub kaam shuru kerne se pehle meetha khana chahiye....Kaam acha hota hai ".
   So here I am with a sweet "Sheer Khurma" ...



Sheer Korma or Sheer Khurma, in Urdu, literally means "Milk with Dates". This is a very special festival sweet or vermicelli pudding, necessarily made on the auspicious occasion of Eid ul Fitr by Muslims in South Asian countries especially in India, Pakistan and Middle East. It is a traditional Muslim festive, breakfast, sweet dish also served as dessert, for Eid celebrations at the end of the Holy month of Ramadan. This festive and traditional sweet consists or "Sheer" or sweetened milk and "khurma" or dried dates and dried fruits and is delicately flavored with cardamom and sometimes saffron. It is a very popular Eid dessert in Hyderabad in India, Pakistan, Arab countries and Asia.

      This special Eid sweet dish is served to family, relatives and friends soon after the morning prayers offered on Eid, on the last day of the Holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims rejoice the end of the fasting period. It is a common breakfast sweet eaten to celebrate the happy occasion and is also served throughout the day to guests who visit your home to offer Eid greetings. It is usually made in large quantities and eaten for days after Eid as well. The Eid celebrations are considered incomplete without eating and serving traditional Sheer Khurma.

Ingredients

1 cup vermicelli

4 cups full cream milk

1 cup suger

3 tbsps ghee /clarified butter

2 tbsps chopped pistachios

2 tbsps chopped raisins

2 tbsps chopped almonds

2 tbsps chopped cashews

2 tbsps dried coconut

2 tbsps chopped dried dates

1/4 tbsps kevara essence

1/4 tbsps cardamom powder.

Directions

**   In a medium heavy saucepan, heat milk and let it simmer on low heat until it is reduced to half  
       the     quantity, that means 2 cups.

**  Heat ghee/clarified butter in a large heavy bottomed saucepan, over medium heat.

**  Add the vermicelli to the hot fat and fry it for 3-4 minutes until fragrant and evenly browned.

** Now add pistachios,almonds,cashews ,coconut,raisins and dates and fry the mixture for 2      minutes.

**  Pour in the warm reduced milk and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently.

**  Add sugar and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves completely.

**  Stir in kevera essence and cardamon powder just before taking the pan off the heat.

         Serve this traditional Eid-ul-Fitr sweet hot or cold.

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