Sewai (Sheer khorma)
- 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
- 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
Dry roast the vermicelli till it is reddish pink and let it cool.
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.
Boil the milk. Take 5 Tbsp Ghee in a pan and fry the cardamom seeds. Pour this mixture on the hot milk.
Add dry dates to the milk
Add all the fried dry fruits, making sure that the gas is on low. Add Resins the last.
Add the vermicelli. Switch off the gas.
Sugar is to be added last. Tip in the sugar and stir. Add cardamom powder and mix it well.