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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 259kcal
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


  • Preheat oven or crock pot to 250 degrees
  • Put all the ingredients except the cinnamon in the oven proof pot with a lid or in a crock pot.
  • Stir well and cover
  • Cook 1 hour
  • Remove pot from oven or lid from crock and stir.
  • Put back in oven and bake an additional 45 minutes.
  • You want the rice to be tender and the consistency creamy.
  • Be sure not to overcook!
  • Remove from oven or turn off crock and let cool for a few minutes with the lid on.
  • Serve with a little cinnamon garnish on top.


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 182mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 0.4mg