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Meethi Seviyan | Sweet Vermicelli helobaba.com


This Meethi Seviyan is one of those unique sweet dishes which is made with whole wheat vermicelli (seviyan), milk, sugar, ghee and dry fruits. It is a dry variation, which is also popular as a dessert, during Eid festivities. There’s absolutely no fuss in making this vegetarian dish. Simply simmer the seviyan with the remaining ingredients until it becomes tender and thoroughly cooked. Enhance its richness by adding more dry fruits to it.

meethi seviyan garnished with almond slivers and served in a brown rimmed bowl with text layover.meethi seviyan garnished with almond slivers and served in a brown rimmed bowl with text layover.

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I feel a wave of nostalgia whenever I prepare this Meethi Seviyan, as it reminds me of the sweet memories from childhood when my mother used to make it with milk. We often enjoyed it as a delightful evening snack, but it can also be served as a dessert after meals.

In this Sweet Vermicelli recipe, I’ve opted for milk, but you can alternatively cook the seviyan with water. I’ve used pre-roasted thin whole wheat vermicelli, further frying it in ghee for an even browning. Feel free to add your choice of nuts and dry fruits.

To enhance the flavor of Meethi Seviyan, I’ve included milk powder, which adds richness to the dessert. However, omitting the milk powder is also an option if preferred.

This dry variation of Sweet Vermicelli is a quick dessert that can be prepared in under 20 minutes, making it perfect for Eid celebrations and other festive occasions. Besides this recipe, there are several other sweet dishes featuring seviyan that I enjoy, including the following:

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Meethi Seviyan

Preparation

1. Firstly, keep all the ingredients ready for the seviyan. Break the seviyan and keep aside.

broken vermicelli in a measuring cup for making sweet vermicelli. broken vermicelli in a measuring cup for making sweet vermicelli.

2. Chop the dry fruits and place aside.

chopped dry fruits on a plate for sweet vermicelli. chopped dry fruits on a plate for sweet vermicelli.

Making Meethi Seviyan

3. Heat a pan and then add 1 tablespoon ghee.

adding ghee in a hot pan for making sweet vermicelli. adding ghee in a hot pan for making sweet vermicelli.

4. Let the ghee melt. Then, add 1 cup broken seviyan.

broken vermicelli added to melted ghee in pan. broken vermicelli added to melted ghee in pan.

5. On low to medium heat, with frequent stirrings, roast the seviyan till it becomes golden. Since I used pre roasted seviyan, I didn’t have to roast it much. However, if you use seviyan which is not roasted, then you will need to roast for some more time.

roasting vermicelli in ghee for making sweet vermicelli. roasting vermicelli in ghee for making sweet vermicelli.

6. Then, add all the chopped dry fruits and raisins.

chopped nuts and raisins added to the vermicelli in pan. chopped nuts and raisins added to the vermicelli in pan.

7. Stir nicely.

dry fruits stirred nicely in the vermicelli. dry fruits stirred nicely in the vermicelli.

8. Lower the heat and pour 2 cups milk. Instead of milk, you can also add water.

pouring milk in the pan. pouring milk in the pan.

9. Stir and mix very well. Then, continue to stir for 2 to 3 minutes.

stirring milk into the vermicelli. stirring milk into the vermicelli.

10. Now, add ¼ cup sugar.

sugar added to the vermicelli-milk mixture for making sweet vermicelli. sugar added to the vermicelli-milk mixture for making sweet vermicelli.

11. Keep stirring the mixture.

sugar stirred well into the vermicelli-milk mixture. sugar stirred well into the vermicelli-milk mixture.

12. Add ¼ cup milk powder. If you do not have milk powder, then skip it.

milk powder added to the vermicelli mixture. milk powder added to the vermicelli mixture.

13. Mix again.

milk powder mixed well into the meethi seviyan mixture. milk powder mixed well into the meethi seviyan mixture.

14. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon cardamom powder and stir well.

cardamom powder added to the pan. cardamom powder added to the pan.

15. The mixture will start thickening and the seviyan will also begin to absorb milk. When all the milk has been absorbed, switch off the heat.

cooked meethi seviyan. cooked meethi seviyan.

16.  Serve Meethi Seviyan hot, warm or chilled. You can even garnish with some slivered or sliced dry fruits while serving.

meethi seviyan garnished with almond slivers and served in a brown rimmed bowl with text layover. meethi seviyan garnished with almond slivers and served in a brown rimmed bowl with text layover.

About vermicelli

Seviyan or vermicelli is a category of extremely thin noodles which are popular in India as well as other parts of Asia and the Middle East. Other types, some resembling to a pasta, may be common in the USA, UK, Italy, Latin America, etc.

In India, vermicelli has many culinary uses that range from salted and savory to sweet, just like this Meethi Seviyan. It is also known as semiyan in Hindi and has many other regional names like semiya (Malayalam and Tamil), sevai (Tamil), seviyun (Sindhi), shavige (Kannada), shemai (Bengali), simei (Odiya), sev (Gujarati), shevaya (Marathi), etc.

Vermicelli is also categorized according to what they are made of – like you have rice seviyan, wheat seviyan, etc. One of the most famous savory dishes made with vermicelli is this Semiya Upma which also has spices, lentils, a lot of vegetables and cooked in water till all of it is absorbed by the vermicelli.

Another loved and classic Indian summer drink cum dessert is the Falooda, where rice or wheat vermicelli can be used as an alternative to the typical falooda sev, if not available. Other versions of the same include this Mango Falooda, Kesar Pista Falooda and Kulfi Falooda.

Expert Tips

  1. As I used pre roasted seviyan, I didn’t have to roast it much. However, if you are using seviyan which is not roasted, you will have to roast it for more time, till it becomes golden.
  2. Let the seviyan absorb the milk and turn dry. Or else, the dish would taste more like a kheer. For a more kheerish consistency, add more milk.
  3. You can turn off the heat as soon as the milk is absorbed by the seviyan. Otherwise, the vermicelli will taste dry.
  4. You can cook the seviyan in water, instead of milk.
  5. Skip the milk powder, if you don’t have it.
  6. You can add your choice of nuts and dry fruits. Add more, if you wish to.
  7. This recipe can easily be scaled to make a larger batch.

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meethi seviyan garnished with almond slivers and served in a brown rimmed ceramic bowl.meethi seviyan garnished with almond slivers and served in a brown rimmed ceramic bowl.

Meethi Seviyan | Sweet Vermicelli | Dry Seviyan

Meethi seviyan is a sweet dessert made from whole wheat vermicelli, ghee, milk, sugar and dry fruits.

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 25 minutes

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making meethi seviyan

  • Heat a pan and then add 1 tbsp ghee.

  • Let the ghee melt and then add 1 cup of the broken seviyan.

  • On a low to medium flame, with frequent stirring roast the seviyan till they become golden. Since I used pre roasted seviyan, I didn’t have to roast the seviyan much. However, if you use seviyan which is not roasted, then you will need to roast for some more time.

  • Add all the chopped dry fruits and raisins. Stir them nicely.

  • Lower the flame and pour 2 cups of milk. Instead of milk you can also add water.

  • Stir and mix very well. Then continue to stir for 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Now add ¼ cup of sugar. Keep stirring the mixture.

  • Add ¼ cup of milk powder. If you do not have milk powder, then just skip it. Mix again

  • Sprinkle ½ tsp cardamom powder and stir well.

  • The mixture will start thickening and the seviyan will also begin to absorb milk. When all the milk has been absorbed, switch off the gas.

  • Serve meethi seviyan hot or warm or chilled. You can even garnish with some sliced dry fruits while serving

Few tips for making sweet vermicelli
  1. You could double or triple the recipe if you need more quantity.
  2. Allow the seviyan to absorb the milk and become dry. Otherwise it would taste more like kheer.
  3. If you like seviyan kheer then add more milk.
  4. Dry fruits of your choice can be added. If you like it more, adjust quantities accordingly.
  5. Once the milk is absorbed by the seviyan switch off the gas otherwise the vermicelli would taste dry.

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This Meethi Seviyan recipe from the archives was first published in February 2016. It has been updated and republished in March 2024.

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