The Taste Of Iftaar: Heavenly Sheer Khurma
Ramadan is here, and I cannot stop drooling each time my Muslim colleagues decide to tell me what they had for Iftaar last evening. Aren't classic Muslim delicacies the ultimate ticket to a foodie's heaven! From their lip-smacking biryanis to some refreshingly delightful drinks, you just cannot resist. But I'm sure that like me, so many people go bonkers before a bowl of sheer khurma. Especially for Hindus, it's next to impossible to make the dish with the same flavour and consistency that a Muslim household boasts of.
That's why, I'm going to take the excuse of this holy month to share an easy, quick and classic way to make some flavourful sheer khurma. Without much ado, let's begin with the sweet treat.
Things We Need
5 cups full cream milk
50 gm roasted vermicelli, crushed into small pieces
50 gm dried coconut, grated
2 green cardamoms
2 spoons of dates, chopped
¼ cup almonds, blanched
½ tsp khus (vetiver)
½ cup sugar
Let's Indulge In The Goodness Of Milk
Bring out your wide-bottomed pan and begin simmering your milk until it thickens to the consistency of cream. Once the milk attains the desired consistency, add the vermicelli, coconut, sugar and dates. Also add half of the almonds and raisins. Mix your to-be khurma well and leave it to boil for about 5 minutes.
Add the khus. Mix it one last time and transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with the rest of the almonds and raisins or you could also present it in the classic way with silver leaves (chaandi ka vark). You could serve your steaming hot sheer khurma to your guests or refrigerate it beforehand for a round of chilled dessert.
This Ramadan, don't miss out on this sinful sheer khurma on your Iftaar party menu. As for me, I'm definitely treating my friends to earn some compliments ;)