The term for this delicious dessert originates from the Persian language. ‘Sheer’ literally means milk, whereas ‘Khurma’ translates to dates. This dessert is vastly popular in Hyderabad, where it is the first meal had on Eid morning. It counters the spiciness of the Hyderabadi biryani with its smooth, creamy sweetness. This dish is a definite Eid essential, and various Muslim households often add their own variations to the khurma.
Chef Osama Jalali of The Masala Trail, recalls, “I fondly remember waking up early in the morning and helping in grating the coconut for Sheer Khurma. This was a dish whose preparation started several hours in advance, as every ingredient had to be meticulously cooked and prepared. Though many people do keep sharing on Twitter newer and more interesting recipes for the Khurma, the traditional recipe was significantly reliant on adding dried dates, aka chuara, and coconut.”
The importance is on adding dates in this recipe, as they are important fruits for fast-breaking in the Holy Month of Ramadan. Dates are highly nutritious and help to keep the mind and body rejuvenated. A bite or two of it is a must-have energy booster, especially for devout fasters, thus making it an important constituent of the Sheer Khurma.
Try making this wonderful rich dessert today! Here’s a recipe – Sheer Khurma.
Happy Eid 2017!
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