September 21, 2009

Sheer Khurma - Ramzan Special Recipe


Muslims all over the world celebrate Ramzan Id also called Id-Ul-Fitr with great jubilation on the first day of the Islamic month Shawwal. This day marks the end of Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, in which the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed. Since the Islamic calendar is based on the moon, the month of Ramadan falls at different times each year. Muslims spend the whole month of Ramadan in fasting and penance. No food or drink is taken from sunrise to sunset on each day of the month. The completion of the month-long fast is determined by the appearance of the new moon, and is celebrated with enthusiasm as Id-Ul-Fitr, which means 'the fast is over'. In India, this Id is also called Mithi Id. The month-long fast culminating in this Id spreads a feeling of brotherhood. Muslims wear new clothes on this day, exchange gifts, participate in great fairs and watch stunning fireworks displays.

Sheer Khurma

Sheer Khurma is a sweet noodle soup served by many Muslims to guests during the holy month of Ramadan. The recipe was originally a Mughal-Afghan dish, imported to Mughal-India.


* 200 grams dry vermicelli
* 1 1/4 cups ghee
* 100 grams dried dates, soaked overnight, pitted and chopped thin
* 100 grams almonds, blanched and slivered
* 100 grams white raisins
* 100 grams halved cashew nuts
* 12 cups milk
* 2 cups cream
* 4 cups water
* 3 cups sugar
* 2 tablespoons cardamom powder


1. Pour the ghee in a large pot over a low flame.
2. Fry the cashew nuts in the ghee until browned.
3. Turn off the flame and add the raisins.
4. When the raisins swell up, take both them and the cashews out of the ghee with a spoon and set aside.
5. Switch the low flame back on and heat the ghee.
6. Fry the vermicelli in the same ghee, stirring so it turns golden-brown. Watch it carefully so it does not burn.
7. Pour in the milk and water.
8. Add the cashews and raisins back into the mixture.
9. Add the sliced dates and almonds.
10. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until the vermicelli starts to get flexible; then add sugar.
11. Keep on the low flame for another 2 minutes, then add cream and cardamom powder.
12. Heat just a little longer and mix well.
13. Serve hot.