Sheer khurma – we used to call it sevai in Aligarh. Scented with imported rose petals and used to come from my first husband’s reputed client homes always.
But as a remarried widow I was discarded from society as they felt it was a wrong decision of getting remarried for my second husband. So being his second wife me n my two little toddler kiddos were totally shunned by society (so called very well educated). I was shocked n hurt but helpless in a foreign country.
Than one blessed day Eid evening somebody knocked upon our door on that hot n humid evening due to close proximity of ocean to my home. We were surprised to see our upstairs neighbor Mrs. Shahnaz with a bowl full of Sheer Khurma, smiling she started chatting and suddenly my three kids (including my younger stepson) we were so happy to see somebody talking n greeting us in Qatar.
That Eid evening was best festival in my life till date. I remember that gentle neighbor’s kind gesture as life giving moment.We were so lonely. Something becomes a memorable memory for all the time. So I asked my neighbor for the recipe and she told me happily.
Let us celebrate Eid with this amazing n delicious recipe –
1 Ltr whole milk
4 Cups thin sevai
1 Tin condensed milk
1/2 cup Desi ghee(pure butter oil)
1 Cup sugar
4 Tbsp sugar (yes more n separate)
1/2 Cup chopped dates
1 Cup chopped cashews, pistachio & green sweet raisins-Kishmish (chop resins too)
1 Tsp saffron
1 Tbsp green cardamom powder
1- In a heavy bottom pan heat all desi ghee and add dry fruits. Fry for 1-2 minutes. Add chopped dates. Fry little. Take out all.
2- Now in that desi ghee fry sevai till little brown and take it all out.
3- Add milk and boil it for 5-6 minutes on high. Now lower the flame. Add condensed milk and saffron to this milk.
4- Boil this milk for 5-6 minutes at low flame and add dates n dry fruits, 1 cup sugar and sevai.
5- Mix it all very well.
6- In a separate small pan or tava add sugar n green cardamom powder. Make light gold brown caramel of it and pour immediately into sevai mix.Mix well and keep boiling.
7- Close the flame after 3-4 minutes boiling.
Garnish with dry fruits or rose petals or kevra water for more flavor.