Vermicelli cooked in ‘Kemam’- Sugar syrup-a must in every household on Eid.
Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 1 hour Serves: 12 Recipe Ingredients:
2 ½ cups Milk
2 ½ cups Water
500g Very Fine Vermicelli
250 g Pure Ghee
½ cup Fox Nuts (makhana), Chopped
50 g Cashew nuts
50 g Raisins
50g Chopped dried Coconut
25g Pista, cut in slivers
2tsp Kewra water
½ tsp saffron
1tsp Cardamoms powder
Edible silver foil (chandi ka varq). As required
In a pan, mix together the sugar, khoya, milk and 1 ½ cup water. Place the pan on heat and cook till the mixture thickens and attains a 2 string consistency or till the mixture bubbles.
Heat 50g ghee in a pan. Fry the chopped coconut and other dried fruit in the ghee one by one, separately. In the end fry the chopped makhana and remove.
In another pan, add the remaining ghee and roast the seviyan on low heat till dark brown. Remove from heat, sprinkle 1 cup water, cover and set aside for 20 minutes.
Add the sugar syrup to the roasted seviyan and mix well. Put the pan back on medium heat. Add all the fried ingredients and stir. Simmer for another 5-6 minutes and remove from heat.
Soak the Saffron in luke warm milk for 10 minutes.
Add the Kewra essence, saffron soaked in milk, and sprinkle the nutmeg and green cardamom powder.
Cover the pan and leave to stand for at least 2 hours. Fluff and serve.
To serve: Ladle the seviyan into a serving bowl and decorate with Pistachio slivers and silver varq.
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