Sewai (Sheer khorma)

Rated 4.6/5 based on 10 customer reviews Nutrition facts:240 calories,9 grams fat
2014-10-06
  • Yield : 2.5 liters
  • Servings : 25
  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 45m

Traditional Eid Delicacy

Sewai or Sheer khorma as it is called by some is a sweet prepared in Indian subcontinent for Eid. A traditional sweet delicacy, the sheer khorma is made of milk, dry dates and lots of dry fruits. I make this the first thing in the morning on the day of Eid, even before I have my first cup of coffee.

Each household prepares this dish differently. Here’s the recipe that my Father-in-Law taught me.

Where does the name Sheer Khorma come from?

The name Sheer Khorma has a Persian origin. Sheer Khorma translates to Milk with dates. An interesting factoid – Sheer (شير)(Kshir (क्षीर) in Sanskrit has a same meaning as Milk), is Persian for milk and Khurma (خرما) is Persian for dates. No surprise here that dry dates are the most important ingredient of this dish. Made in muslim households on the festival of Eid, this dish is loved by all. Read more details on Wikipedia

Sugar, Cardamom, Fried  dry fruits (Cashews, Pistachios,  Resins and Almonds), vertically cut dry dates, and thin sewai.

Sugar, Cardamom, Fried dry fruits (Cashews, Pistachios, Resins and Almonds), vertically cut dry dates, and thin sewai.

Cardamom tadka in ghee. First step in making Sheer Khorma

Cardamom tadka in ghee. First step in making Sheer Khorma

Tip in sewai. Remember only two fistful sewai is needed for about 2 liter of milk.

Tip in sewai. Remember only two fistful sewai is needed for about 2 liter of milk.

Tip in the dry fruits

Tip in the dry fruits

Tip in the sugar

Tip in the sugar


Ingredients

  • Milk (high fat) 2 liters
  • Clarified butter (ghee) 200 gms
  • Dry dates (kharak), cut lengthwise 250 gms
  • Cashews 250 gms cut in half
  • Almonds 200 gms thinly sliced
  • Pistachios 200 gms thinly sliced
  • Rasins (kishmish) 200 gms
  • Cardmom power 1/2 Tsp
  • Cardamom seeds - 2 Tbsp
  • Thin vermicelli (sewai) - 100 gms

Method

Step 1

Dry roast the vermicelli till it is reddish pink and let it cool.

Step 2

Fry all the dry fruits (Cashews, Almonds, Pistachios, Raisins) Don't fry dry dates just cut them lengthwise after deseeding them. Save the ghee after frying to be used as this will lend flavour to the dish. Take out the seeds of Cardmom and keep aside. Also keep some cardamom powder ready.

Step 3

Boil the milk. Take 5 Tbsp Ghee in a pan and fry the cardamom seeds. Pour this mixture on the hot milk.

Step 4

Add dry dates to the milk

Step 5

Add all the fried dry fruits, making sure that the gas is on low. Add Resins the last.

Step 6

Add the vermicelli. Switch off the gas.

Step 7

Sugar is to be added last. Tip in the sugar and stir. Add cardamom powder and mix it well.

Step 8

Serve hot.

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I run my own software company, SANIsoft as it's CEO. After long hours at work, I find cooking incredibly therapeutic. After all, there is nothing more relaxing than cooking up a meal to soothe the body, mind and Soul. The idea for Swati’s Kitchen came about one day as I was chronicling one of my recipes for a dear friend. So here you will see my recipes and tips and tricks for making easy, rewarding and mouthwatering delights.

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Comments (3)

  1. posted by GEETHA on June 29, 2016

    looks yummy

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    • posted by Swati Sani on June 29, 2016

      Thank you.

        Reply
  2. posted by Parizad Major on October 6, 2014

    I’ll make this today!

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