Sheer Pira Afghan Milk Fudge

written by Mirriam Seddiq
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Sheer Payra
Picture of Sheer Payra fudge with nuts

Sheer pira is Afghan milk fudge. It is hugely popular in Afghanistan. I was born in Kandahar but moved here at 18 months in the early 70s. Growing up in America, we didn’t eat much of this, but I have grown to love it. Let’s make it.

What’s Unique about Afghan Sheer Pira?

Well, Afghan fudge typically has all of your most popular Afghan flavors pistachios, sometimes rose, etc. I use three kinds of nuts in this recipe: almonds, pistachios, and walnuts. You can use almost any kind of nut you have in the house.

Also, this recipe has salt in it! It is not as decadent tasting as American fudge and goes perfectly with a glass of Afghan chai.

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Sheer Pira Afghan Milk Fudge

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  • Author: Mirriam Seddiq


Want to try a new kind of fudge? Make Afghan Sheer Pira.



2 Cups Water

2 Cups Sugar

2 1/2 Cups Milk Powder

1 Teaspoon Cardamom

1 Teaspoon Rose Water

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt 

A handful of nuts of your choice (I like pistachios at a minimum!)


1. First, prepare your baking sheet. I use a square one. Line with parchment paper, grease the parchment and clip down on the sides.

2. Now, you will make your sugar syrup. Take your sugar and water and bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. 

3. Then, reduce your mixture to a simmer for about 15 minutes. You want a lovely syrup. 

4. After 15 minutes, you will add your milk powder. Stir in. Also, add your cardamom, rose water, and salt. You want a lovely batter-like texture. Fold in your chosen nuts. 

5. Now, bring out your prepped baking pan and pour in. I then decorate it with a few more pistachios. Let set for at least 2 hours or overnight.

6. Cut fudge into squares and serve with some Afghan chai. 

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Mirriam Seddiq

I am Mirriam Z. Seddiq, the Afghan Cook. I was born in Afghanistan and came to America as a when I was 18 months old. I am a criminal defense, personal injury, and immigration attorney. I started the first Muslim American Woman Political Action Committee, once owned a coffee shop and a restaurant, and currently am the CEO of the Komak Foundation which focuses its efforts on helping Afghan refugees.

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