It’s the month of Ramadan and you’re away from home, missing all the celebrations and the mouth-watering food. We get it! It’s just plain horrible to be alone on holidays and not get to be a part of all the festivities.

learn how to make Sewai at home in two easy ways
Learn how to make Sewai at home in two easy ways

Just in case you’re feeling homesick, you might want to tickle your sweet tooth because we bring you the Ramadan special sewai recipe that is absolutely easy-peasy to pull off when you’re living alone. This also means that you get to eat the whole sewai yourself. How’s that for Ramadan celebration, Y’all?

You can make your sewai two ways – with or without milk.

Method 1: Sewai with Milk (Sheerkhurma)

For those of you who like your sewai drowned in milk, this is your go-to recipe.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make Sewai with milk
Things you’ll need to make Sewai with milk
  • Milk – 4 cups
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Vermicelli (sewai) – 1/2 cup
  • Sugar – ½ cup or as per your taste
  • Clarified butter (Ghee) – 3 tablespoons
  • Green cardamom (Elaichi), crushed – 10
  • Cloves (Laung) – 5
  • Nuts and dried fruits of your choice (for garnishing)

Step 1. Boil milk in a pan and transfer it to a bowl with spout

boil milk in a pan on low heat for 2 to 3 hours
Pour milk into a pan and boil on low heat for 2 to 3 hours
  • Pour 4 cups of milk into a pan and boil it on medium heat until it turns pinkish red. This will take 2 to 3 hours.
  • Once done, transfer the boiled milk into a container with an easy-pour spout.

Step 2. Heat the clarified butter and spices in a frying pan

heat clarified butter and add cardamom and cloves to it
Heat clarified butter and add cardamom and cloves to it
  • Heat 3 tablespoons of clarified butter (ghee) in a frying pan on medium heat.
  • Once the clarified butter is hot enough, crush 10 green cardamoms and put them in the pan.
  • Put 5 cloves in the pan and sauté all the ingredients together.

Step 3. Add water and sugar & bring it to boil

pour water into the pan and add sugar and bring it to boil
Pour water into the pan then add sugar and bring it to boil
  • Gradually pour 2 cups of water into the frying pan.
  • Add ½ cup of white sugar to it. You can increase or decrease the amount as per your preference.
  • Using a wooden spoon, swirl the sugar so that it dissolves in the water.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil on medium high, then turn off the heat.

Step 4. Add vermicelli to the pan & cover it

put vermicelli into the sugar syrup and cover the pan
Put vermicelli into the sugar syrup and cover the pan
  • Add 1/2 cup of vermicelli (sewai) to the sugar syrup and press it down using a spatula so that the vermicelli becomes wet.
  • Cover the pan.

Step 5. Mix the sewai and boiled milk in a bowl & enjoy it

put sewai into a bowl and pour boiled milk and enjoy your milk sewai
Put sewai into a bowl and pour boiled milk and enjoy your milk sewai
  • Uncover the vermicelli and put 1 serving of it into a bowl.
  • Pour boiled milk into the bowl and mix it well.
  • Almonds, cashews, and raisins are the best ingredients to garnish your milk sewai. Or you can use dried fruits of your choice.
  • Refrigerate the leftover sewai so that it doesn’t go bad.
enjoy the delicious milk sewai home alone this eid
Enjoy the delicious milk sewai home alone this eid

This recipe makes 2 servings. You can increase the quantities in the same ratio to make more.

Method 2: Sewai without Milk (Kimami)

For people who don’t prefer milk, this recipe is the one for you.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make sewai without milk
Things you’ll need to make sewai without milk
  • Vermicelli (sewai) – 1/2 cup
  • Thickened milk (Khoya) – 1/2 cup
  • Sugar – ¾ cup
  • Water – 4 cups
  • Almonds, crushed – 3 to 5
  • Cashews, crushed – 2 to 3

Step 1. Roast vermicelli on low heat

put raw vermicelli into a pan and roast it until crisp
Put raw vermicelli into a pan and roast it until crisp
  • Break 1/2 cup of vermicelli into smaller strands.
  • Dry roast it on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring it the whole time.
  • Switch off the heat when the vermicelli turns crispy.
  • Set it aside.

Step 2. Fry the thickened milk (khoya) on low heat

stir-fry the thickened milk on low heat
Stir-fry the thickened milk (khoya) on low heat
  • Put 1/2 cup of thickened milk in a separate pan and cook it until it becomes golden brown.
  • Transfer it to a tray.

Step 3. Cook the sugar and water

add sugar to the water and bring it to boil
Add sugar to the water and bring it to boil
  • Heat the pan on low temperature and pour in 4 cups of water.
  • Add ¾ cup of sugar and swirl it around so that it dissolves in the water.
  • Let it boil until it turns into a syrup-like consistency.

Step 4. Add vermicelli and khoya & cook it for 5 to 10 minutes

cook vermicelli and fried thick milk for 5 to 10 minutes
Cook vermicelli and fried thickened milk (khoya) for 5 to 10 minutes
  • Add the roasted vermicelli and fried khoya to the sugar syrup.
  • Mix them into the syrup and let it cook for another 5 to 10 minutes while constantly stirring.
  • Turn off the heat.

Step 5. Garnish and serve it hot

garnish the sweet vermicelli with nuts and dried fruits and serve hot
Garnish the sweet vermicelli with nuts and dried fruits and serve hot
  • Garnish the sewai with 3 or 5 crushed almonds and 2 or 3 crushed cashews and serve it hot.
  • You can skip the garnishing or change it according to your preference.
garnish and serve hot sewai without milk
Garnish and serve hot sewai without milk

This recipe makes 2 servings. You can increase the quantities in the same ratio to make more.

Tips

  • Do not roast the sewai longer or less than that the specified time, as it can either burn or not fully cook respectively.
  • Take care to use the temperature specified for cooking the sewai in each step.
  • Check the quantity of water you use, as you cannot add more water after adding the sewai to the sugar syrup.
  • You can add edible rose water or vanilla essence to add flavor to your sewai.
  • You can replace the thickened milk or khoya with condensed milk.
  • You can always use milk-based sweets if you do not have condensed milk or khoya.
  • Make sure you buy vermicelli that is thin, not the thicker one. Do not roast the vermicelli if it is a variety that is already roasted.
  • Pistachios can also be used for garnishing the sewai.
  • You can also use lactose-free milk if you are lactose intolerant but love sewai.