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Vermicelli Kheer – a Sweet Aromatic Indian Dessert

Vermicelli Kheer – a Sweet Aromatic Indian Dessert

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Vermicelli Kheer, or Seviyan Kheer as it is known in India, is a special dessert that is made mostly for festivals or celebrations.
By Dassana Amit

seviyan kheer

Vermicelli kheer or Seviyan Kheer/Payasam as it is known in India, is a special dessert that is made mostly on the occasion of festivals or celebrations. It is a sweet pudding made from milk, vermicelli, spices and dry fruits.

I have added fine whole wheat vermicelli but you can also make these with the slightly thicker version of the vermicelli. The vermicelli is either made from whole wheat flour, all purpose flour or semolina.

fine whole wheat vermicelli

An interesting twist in this dessert is the addition of cloves. The cloves did give the kheer a subtle and warm fragrance along with the fragrant aroma of cardamoms.

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An aromatic and delicious dessert that can be served either warm or chilled. So the next time you are going to celebrate, then do try this Seviyan Kheer for your dessert. You are surely going to love it.

vermicelli kheer


Vermicelli Kheer / Seviyan Kheer

vermicelli kheer – a delicious sweet pudding from india

  • Author: dassana
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 1x


  • 1 or 1.5 cups broken vermicelli
  • 500 ml milk
  • 3 tbsp sugar – add more or less for your preferred sweetness
  • 2 tbsp ghee/clarified butter
  • 45 green cardamom pods
  • 34 cloves
  • 78 roasted or fried unsalted almonds, chopped or
  • 78 roasted or fried unsalted cashew nuts, chopped
  • 2 tsp raisins or
  • any dry fruits of your choice


  1. Heat ghee in a pan.
  2. Fry the cloves and cardamom till the release their aroma in the ghee.
  3. Now add the vermicelli and fry till they become golden brown.
  4. Pour the milk and let it come to a boil.
  5. Add sugar and mix well.
  6. Lower the flame and let the milk simmer for 5-7 minutes till the vermicelli gets cooked and the milk thickens a little.
  7. Lastly add chopped almonds or any dry fruits.
  8. Serve hot, warm or cold.
  9. If serving chilled, then refrigerate and then serve later.


The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.

Use good quality & fresh milk.

The amount of vermicelli can be decreased or increased. if you add more vermicelli the consistency will be much thicker like a thick pudding.

You can go for the kheer consistency as per your liking.

Dry fruits can be added as per your choice.

You can also add some saffron or rose water to the kheer. I did not have any so could not add these.

When cooled the kheer tends to be thick. So if you don’t like thick kheer then don’t thicken the milk much. Alternatively, you can add some more milk to the kheer.

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