Ramadan 2019: Authentic Sheer Khurma And Zarda Pulao Recipes For A Sweet Iftari (Watch Videos)

NDTV Food Desk  |  Updated: May 09, 2019 16:55 IST

Ramadan 2019: Authentic <i>Sheer Khurma</i> And <i>Zarda Pulao</i> Recipes For A Sweet <i>Iftari</i> (Watch Videos)

Ramadan 2019 Special: Sheer Khurma is a milk and vermicelli pudding prepared during Iftar

  • Ramadan 2019: Iftar is a time to open the day-long fast
  • Sheer Khurma is a milk and vermicelli pudding served on festivals
  • Zarda Pulav is a sweet rice dish that is yellowish orange in colour

The holy month of Ramadan is going on. It began on May 5th 2019 and it is going to go on till June 4th, 2019. During this time, Muslims all over the world, observe fasts from sunrise till sunset. These pious fasts are called 'Roza. During the month of Ramadan, the day of Muslims begins with 'Sehri', which is a meal consumed before sunrise, preceding the fast. The fast is ended on a daily basis after sunset with the meal called 'Iftari', which is when the entire family sits together and opens the fast with a feast that consists of a number of rich and delicious meat dishes as well as desserts. Two of the most popular Iftari desserts that are commonly prepared in Muslim households during Ramadan include Sheer Khurma (milk and vermicelli pudding) and Zarda Pulav (sweet flavoured rice).

Ramadan 2019 is going on and it's a time to prepare luscious post-fasting meals. Sheer Khurma, also known as sheer khorma, is a festive vermicelli pudding served during Iftari. It can also double-up as delicious festive breakfast. Meanwhile, Zarda pulav or simply zarda is a yellow sweet rice dish that is essentially made by boiling rice and then sweetening it with sugar and dessert spices like cardamom etc.

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1. Sheer Khurma (Khorma) Recipe

The delicious and flavourful sevai or sevaiyan dish Sheer Khurma literally translates to "milk with dates" in Persian. It is prepared in Muslim homes during Ramadan Iftar as well as during Eid-al-fitr (the end of Ramadan) in the Indian subcontinent, Afghanistan and in parts of central Asia. The dish is said to have originated in Afghanistan, although another popular version of it was said to have originated from the Indian region that lies in modern day Hyderabad and Telangana. It is sweetened with white sugar and dates and served garnished with pistachios, almonds, raisins and saffron.

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2. Zarda Recipe

Zarda, or zarda pulav, is also known as meethe chawal in Hindi. The name zarda comes from the word 'zard', which means yellow in Persian. The dish is popularly consumed in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and is prepared by boiling rice with a yellowish orange food colouring and flavouring the rice with cardamom (elaichi) and saffron (kesar). Sometimes, it is also prepared by mixing a number of different food colourings, making the rice grains multi-coloured. Milk, khoya, candied fruits etc. may also be added to zarda.

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Ramadan Mubarak 2019!

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