Sev/Sweet Vermicelli

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Serves 4-6

This dish is a must for our Eid breakfast table! The sweet, nutty, buttery aroma that wafts through my home as I cook this quick and lovely vermicelli dish in the early hours of Eid morning is pure heaven. We love it with crispy papad (papadum) along with a hot bowl of fresh home-made spicy Channa Bateta and a good strong cup of chai. For my family, Eid wouldn't be quite the same without this breakfast combination.

2 tbsp.
whole milk
(boiled with 7 level tbsp. sugar, pinch of cardamom 5 tbsp. evaporated milk and a pinch of saffron)
packet thin brown vermicelli, broken into pieces in the packet
nuts for garnishing

Some people like adding grated mawo or sprinkle some extra milk powder to this just before putting on dum (putting on low heat). I opt not to add anything extra, so if you want it richer you can do this.

Warm the butter on low heat till melted, add the vermicelli and stir-fry on LOW heat until they are all golden brown and evenly colored. The trick here is to do this SLOWLY so that they all take on a beautifully even color, rushing this along will give you some dark vermicelli and some light ones.

Once golden, add the warm milk and stir together. Increase the heat to medium and cook for a few minutes until the vermicelli are ALMOST dry. Taste and adjust sugar if needed. Cover using a tight lid, and reduce the heat again to very low and let it steam for about 8 minutes. Turn off the heat and open the pan, fluff up the vermicelli using a fork. It might look clumpy at first, but as soon as it cools you will have these amazing strands of vermicelli, perfectly soft and pretty. Sprinkle assorted crushed nuts to it. Serve warm with papadums or just as is.

Enjoy! :)



Salaam . Can I omit the evaporated milk ( dont have any ) and substitute it with something else ?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, yes you can leave it out and use some more milk instead.

is this Arabic' specialty or African? tnx

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Not sure really, it is multi-cultural.

hi sis:-) ths is alwas been my favorite.. i usually do it wit thick vermicilli but for the first time tried it out wit thin vermicilli.. but unfortunately it is gne so damn mushy wic was lik a disaster for iftiar .. wat wud be te reason?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, thank you! Sounds like yours got overcooked. Either cook them for less time or reduce the amount of liquid. :)

Awesome recipes am jus speechless wallahi, u boast my cooking skills masha Allah thanks A lot.

Loved it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Just added a lil more sugar n then it was amazing