Sheerpira (Homemade Afghan Sweets)

  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 30m

Rosewater is a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking, and is the star of Turkish delight. This recipe for Afghan sweets also includes walnuts and pistachios.


  • 440 g (2 cups) white sugar
  • 500 ml (2 cups) water
  • 440 g (4 cups) full-cream milk powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tbsp rosewater
  • 125 g (1 cup) chopped walnuts
  • 125 g (1 cup) chopped pistachios


Step 1

Place the sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.

Step 2

Simmer, without stirring, for 10–15 minutes, or until a thick syrup forms. Do not allow the syrup to colour.

Step 3

Meanwhile, combine the milk powder, cardamom, rosewater, pistachios and walnuts in a bowl. Keep mixing until they stick together.

Step 4

Pour mixture into a flat tray (it could be anything, for example aluminum flat trays for BBQ) and spread the mixture flat in it.

Step 5

Flatten it, and add extra dry fruit like almonds or more pistachio on top.

Step 6

Stand for 30 minutes or until cool and set.

Step 7

Cut into diamonds or squares to serve.

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Shaloni Das on April 10, 2014

    Its a delicious recipe.I will definitely try it.

  2. posted by GtY on July 9, 2014

    Thank you!
    That looks delicious… I am very hungry right now because I have Ramadan

  3. posted by Vipin Bhati on August 14, 2014

    This looks yummy, I m definitely going to try this.

  4. posted by Steve on December 15, 2015

    I made these for school and they turned out good. As someone who has been to Afghanistan, but is not an Afghan, I might recommend that others similar to me cut the cardamom amount in half. The cardamom flavor can be more overpowering for those not used to it.

  5. posted by an on August 27, 2016

    I made it as you said, but it became very sticky like nougat, could you give me advice on what I could have done wrong?


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