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Sheer Birinj – Afghan Rice Pudding with Almonds and Cardamom

Sheer Birinj is a true comfort dessert you are sure to love.  Flavored with a bit of cardamom and cinnamon, the whole dish can be made in one pot!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Afghanistan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 259 kcal
Author International Cuisine


  • ½ cup rice Calrose works best for this recipe
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Cinnamon for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds


  1. Preheat oven or crock pot to 250 degrees
  2. Put all the ingredients except the cinnamon in the oven proof pot with a lid or in a crock pot.
  3. Stir well and cover
  4. Cook 1 hour
  5. Remove pot from oven or lid from crock and stir.
  6. Put back in oven and bake an additional 45 minutes.
  7. You want the rice to be tender and the consistency creamy.
  8. Be sure not to overcook!
  9. Remove from oven or turn off crock and let cool for a few minutes with the lid on.
  10. Serve with a little cinnamon garnish on top.
Nutrition Facts
Sheer Birinj – Afghan Rice Pudding with Almonds and Cardamom
Amount Per Serving
Calories 259 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 65mg3%
Potassium 182mg5%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Calcium 123mg12%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.