Sheer Khurma (Vermicelli Pudding)
Manjari and I, armed with a backpack each, headed towards Phears Lane from Central Metro Station. That is where it all starts from, we had read. As we — perhaps the only women on the streets — walked ahead, we were met with a plethora of deep-fried sweet and aromatic snack shops on either sides and not to mention some very curious looks. Because it was blasphemy to continue on our trail without munching on something, Manjari helped herself to some sugar-syrup soaked jalebis and I nibbled at a beef samosa.
Milk: 1 litre
Vermicelli: 1.25 cups
Ghee: 1.5 tsp
Cardamom powder: 1/2 tsp
Saffron, soaked in 2 tbsp warm milk: a fat pinch
Sugar: 1/2 cup (You can add more if you want)
Dried apricots, chopped roughly: 8-10
Dates, chopped roughly: 8-10
Almonds, chopped roughly: 3 tbsp + for garnish
Pistachios, chopped roughly: 3 tbsp + for garnish
Raisins: 3 tbsp
1. In a non stick pan, heat the ghee. Break the vermicelli and add them to the pan. Roast them in the ghee till golden brown and fragrant. Keep a sharp lookout to see that they don't burn. Set aside.
2. In a deep-bottomed saucepan bring the milk to a boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer. Add the ground cardamom powder, sugar and saffron, mix well, bring to a boil again and then gently let it cook for 20-30 minutes till it thickens a little bit.
3. Now add the roasted vermicelli, mix well and let it simmer on medium heat for another 10 minutes. All this while keep stirring frequently to prevent the milk from scalding.
4. Add the chopped nuts and dried fruits, stir well and cook for another 5 minutes till the mixture reaches your desired consistency. I like mine on a rather thicker side.
5. Turn off the heat. Ladle in individual bowls or in one big bowl. Garnish with chopped nuts and serve warm, at room temperature or after cooling in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
You can also find my recipe of haleem here
Before embarking on the food walk we had collected notes from Poorna's Presented by P and IshitaUnblogged
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