Sheer Yakh - Creamy Afghan Rice Pudding


Sheer Yakh - Creamy Afghan Rice Pudding

Velvety Delight: Indulge in Afghan Sheer Yakh

Indulge in the rich flavors of Afghan cuisine with Sheer Yakh, a traditional creamy rice pudding. This delightful dessert is infused with aromatic spices and topped with a sprinkle of pistachios, offering a perfect balance of sweetness and warmth.

Jan Dec

10 minutes

40 minutes

2 hours 50 minutes (including chilling time)

4 servings


Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Egg-free, Halal


Vegan, Dairy-free, Paleo, Keto, Low-carb



  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 350 kcal / 1465 KJ
  • Fat (total, saturated): 8g, 4g
  • Carbohydrates (total, sugars): 62g, 30g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Salt: 0.1g


  1. 1.
    Rinse the basmati rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. 2.
    In a large saucepan, combine the rinsed rice, milk, sugar, ground cardamom, and saffron threads.
  3. 3.
    Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a gentle boil.
  4. 4.
    Reduce the heat to low and simmer the rice pudding, stirring occasionally, for about 30-40 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the mixture thickens.
  5. 5.
    Stir in the rosewater and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. 6.
    Remove the saucepan from heat and let the Sheer Yakh cool to room temperature.
  7. 7.
    Once cooled, transfer the rice pudding to serving bowls and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until chilled.
  8. 8.
    Before serving, garnish each bowl with a sprinkle of crushed pistachios.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Basmati rice — Rinse the rice thoroughly to remove excess starch and achieve a fluffy texture.
  • Saffron threads — Soak the saffron threads in a tablespoon of warm milk for 10 minutes before adding them to the pudding to enhance their flavor and color.
  • Crushed pistachios — Toast the pistachios lightly in a dry pan for a few minutes to intensify their nutty flavor before crushing them.

Tips & Tricks

  • For a creamier texture, you can substitute half of the whole milk with heavy cream.
  • Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less sugar according to your preference.
  • To enhance the aroma, crush the cardamom seeds instead of using pre-ground cardamom.
  • Serve Sheer Yakh chilled for the best flavor and texture.
  • Experiment with different garnishes such as slivered almonds or dried rose petals for a unique twist.

Serving advice

Serve Sheer Yakh in individual bowls, allowing each person to enjoy their own portion. Consider adding a drizzle of honey or a sprinkle of ground cinnamon on top for an extra touch of sweetness and aroma.

Presentation advice

To elevate the presentation, garnish each bowl of Sheer Yakh with a few strands of saffron on top of the crushed pistachios. This adds a vibrant pop of color and enhances the visual appeal of the dish.