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Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Dessert, missions | 0 comments

Sheer Pira

Sheer Pira

Last week i found out that Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid -ul-Zuha.I grew up in Hindu-Muslim community in India.Schools are out on this day there.I had the opportunity to witness the festivity growing up.

My prayer through this : May the people worship one true god,The Lord.

Sheer Pira

‘Bakreed’ is the term that I am familiar with.Literally means “Bakra Eid” .”Bakra” meaning goat.On this day, Muslim faithful sacrifice the animal.One third of the meat is kept for the family, one third is distributed among family and friends and one third is given to the poor.


So I decided to close out our Afghanistan tour on sweet note.Though “Firni” (thick milk pudding)is the most popular dessert of Afghanistan,I chose a candy like dessert ¬†called “Sheer Pira”.

  • Sheer Pira is very sweet cardmom scented candy like milk dessert, hard and chewy at the same time.
  • Traditionally it is made with whole cream milk powder.All I could find was non-fat milk powder in my grocery store, so that’s what i used.
  • Syrup is the part which requires time and attention.Also once the syrup is ready, mixing the milk powder and spreading it out in a sheet,needs to happen quickly,since it starts hardening as it cools.
Sheer Pira |

Sheer Pira

It is probably too sweet and hard for us.Our children took couple of bites of it.Too hard for them.For me, aroma of cardamom in every bite is defining.

Original recipe idea : Afghan Kitchen Arts

Sheer Pira


  1. 4 cups milk powder
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 2 cups sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  5. 1/4 cup crushed pistachios + 1/4 cup more for topping
  6. 1/4 cup silvered almonds


  1. Make the syrup by cooking sugar and water at medium heat.
  2. While syrup is cooking,mix milk powder,cardamom powder,pistachios and almonds in a bowl.
  3. Prepare a tray or sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. When syrup starts to thicken,it is done.
  5. At this point,turn the heat off.
  6. Add the milk powder to the mixture and mix it well.
  7. Spread the mix to the parchment paper lined sheet using spatula in a 1/4 inch layer.
  8. Top it with remaining 1/4 cup of pistachios.
  9. Cut it in diamond shape.
  10. Let it chill in refrigerator for 30 mins at least.
  11. Enjoy.



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