The Sevai kheer, also known as vermicelli kheer is a variety of Indian pudding which is super easy and delicious. If you ever want to come up with a quick dessert with a traditional touch, then check out how to make Seviyan kheer.
We Indians have a tradition of welcoming new things into the family with sweets, be it a car or even something smaller. Furthermore, we consider few ingredients auspicious, like saffron, some spices, and flowers. Similarly, dry fruits are an integral part of our celebration too.
Spices used for auspicious occasions.
Talking about saffron, its one of the best garnishes to have when you are making desserts, rice or meat. It adds a beautiful color and a mild flavor. A common myth is that saffron is very expensive. In a way, it is true if you are thinking about its weight. But the greater truth is 1 or 2 g of Saffron will go on for a year or two depending on your usage and is about $13.
On the other hand, saffron is generously used in middle eastern cuisine. So if you ever visit Dubai, you will also get the premium quality saffron in souq and other places for $4(2g). The Deira souq is one of my favorite place to shop for Saffron, spices and dry fruits. Moreover, I love the traditional and old feel it has.
I also picked up the Dried Rose Bud from there. In particular, it’s used in desserts and tea for fragrance and flavor. Likewise, Green Cardamom is used for the same reason too.
Now if you are wondering what the celebration is about, it’s my new camera, my dear readers. I upgraded my camera to Canon 6D Mark II which is a full frame camera with lots of amazing features. My camera is one of my most prized possession, and since food is so close to my heart, I wanted the 1st image I take with it to be a mix of positivity and good luck. If you want to know more about the camera, please find it below the recipe, under tidbits of blogging.
How to make the perfect Vermicelli Kheer?
Vermicelli kheer or semiya recipes are one of the easiest desserts to make. Check out the recipe, and you will know what I am talking about. Some things are so easy to make, but yet we complicate it. Consistency is essential in this recipe. It should not be too thick and at the same time not watery.
I know so many of them who eyeball their ingredients when making something. It’s great if you are a pro and the dish turns out the same every time. But unfortunately, in most cases, it doesn’t, and a 15-minute dessert takes double the time because you are readjusting the ingredients, milk in this case.
The trick to achieving perfect consistency every time.
One trick that has helped with consistency and to get the work done faster is measurement cups. I know the basic ratios for daal/lentils, rice, dosa batter with rice flour, roti dough, vermicelli kheer and rice pudding which makes my life so much easier. I also try to keep in mind the quantity per servings which helps me to cook without ending up having too much food or too little food. I maintain a kitchen diary. 🙂
I have understood that, if you want to juggle with a lot of things, planning and efficiency help, especially if you are a mom too.
If you are thinking on the same terms, it won’t happen overnight, but slowly and steadily you will be able to do it.
‘Even if you stumble you are still moving forward.’
P.S: Check this Weeks blogging tips below the recipe:
The Sevai kheer, also known as vermicelli kheer is a variety of Indian pudding which is super easy and delicious. If you ever want to come up with a quick dessert with a traditional touch, then this is it.
- 1/2 cup Vermicelli (Please refer notes)
- 2 tablespoons ghee | Clarified butter
- 3 cups Milk
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 4 cardamoms
- pinch saffron
- FOR GARNISH
- 1/4 cup pistachios, sliced almonds or cashews
- dried rose petals (Optional)
Add ghee or clarified butter to a heavy bottom pan and place on medium heat.
Break the vermicelli into small pieces and measure. Put it in the pan and roast it for about a minute or until it gets roasted and is light brown. (If needed turn the heat to low so that the vermicelli doesn't burn.
Pour warm milk and give it a mix. Now add sugar + powdered cardamom + saffron. Once the liquid simmers, turn the heat to medium-low and let it simmer till the vermicelli cooks and the milk thickens which takes about 15-20 minutes.
Garnish with coarsely chopped pistachios. If using almonds or cashews, lightly roast it ghee before adding it to the kheer.
I used the thicker kind for this recipe. If using the finer variety, use 3/4 cup of vermicelli.
Use whole milk or 2 % milk for this recipe. Try not to use low-fat milk.
Let’s talk about the camera:
In my earlier post, I mentioned the major difference between the two types of DSLR.
The very first camera I bought was a Canon EOS Rebel T3i, about 5 years ago. It was an entry level cropped camera which worked great for me and carried me through my food photography journey. Canon has discontinued this model but you can look for any entry-level DSLRs. An articulated LCD, (an LCD which can be rotated) is one of the features that come in handy.
The lens was what made the difference. The kit lens that came with the camera was of no use for food photography. So I purchased a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens for $100. The cheaper but the best lens. If you want to get into food photography, improve your work then you should get this lens. This lens can be used throughout your photography journey.
Now, I have switched to a Canon EOS 6D Mark II Digital SLR and a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens(These come in two options, so remember to check out the difference, but the one with IS is superior quality and is more expensive). The 100 mm is the next best lens to have. I am still figuring out a lot of stuff.
Will be back with new information soon.
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