Vermicelli kheer

Vermicelli kheer

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  • 10
  • Easy
  • 15 minutes
  • 35 minutes


  • 1 litre milk
  • ¼ t coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup sago, soaked
  • 2 T ghee
  • 3 green cardamom pods, slit
  • 4 small cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 cup broken vermicelli
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 x 290 g can dessert cream
  • 1 t ground cardamom
  • 1 t ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Cooking Instructions

1. Place the milk in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add salt and sago. Reduce the heat to its lowest setting and allow to cook until the sago is glassy.
2. Heat the ghee in a separate pan and fry the cardamom, cinnamon sticks and whole cloves until aromatic.
3. Add the vermicelli to the spices and cook, stirring continually, until golden brown.
4. Add the water to the vermicelli and cook over a low heat until soft.
5. Add the vermicelli to the milk-and-sago mixture. Add the cardamom and ginger, then add the sugar and stir well.
6. Beat the cream to remove any lumps, then add to the milk mixture.
7. Serve in small bowls. We like to eat it alongside fried papar.

Cook's note: This is the second variant of vermicelli which offers a more liquid-like consistency. I’ve grown up eating this with fluffy papar- the contrast between sweet and salty does all sorts of wonderful things in your mouth!

Extracted with permission from Naqiyah Mayat’s The Beginning: Indian recipes from my home (That Food Guy Publishing)

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Naqiyah Mayat is the author of The Beginning: Indian recipes from my home, a mother of four, and entrepreneur. Follow her on Instagram: @naqiyah_mayat.

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