Sev Paak (Vermicelli Sweets)

Sev Paak

Sev Paak

This recipe is a really easy indian sweet (mithai), perfect for an impatient cook such as myself. This was done in under 30 minutes (including washing the dishes!).

I like that the vermicelli sweets have a crunch to them and use ingredients that are so readily available. I make small balls from the mixture, makes it easier to serve and looks super cute. However, I’ve mostly seen it pressed into a tray and cut into squares. You can make it any shape you like.

Recipe: Sev Paak

Also known as: Seviyan Mithai/Vermicelli Sweets/Bars/Balls/Confectionary

Categories: Sweets/Desserts

Servings: Makes about 20 small balls

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 packet vermicelli (sev), 180 grams
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 300 ml
  • heavy pinch of saffron strands (kesar), optional
  • heavy pinch of cardamom powder (elchi)
  • 1/2 cup dessicated coconut, plus some for garnishing
  • 4 Tbsp chopped unsalted almonds/pistachios, plus some for garnishing optional

Directions:

  • Before opening the vermicelli packet, pound the packet to crush the vermicelli to make it into small pieces.
Uncrushed vermicelli

Vermicelli

  • If using saffron, soak in a tablespoon of hot water.
  • In a wide bottomed pot, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the cardamom powder and saffron.
  • Add the crushed vermicelli. Stir-fry the vermicelli till is releases a nutty aroma and browns slightly, about 5 minutes. You many increase the heat slightly. Watch the vermicelli since it burns easily.
Vermicelli frying in the butter

Vermicelli frying in the butter

  • Add the dessicated coconut and nuts (if using), and then add the sweetened condensed milk.
Sweetened condensed milk

Sweetened condensed milk

Sev + Sweet milk + Nuts + Dessicated Coconut

Sev + Sweet milk + Nuts + Dessicated Coconut

  • Keep stirring, reduce heat and cook until the mixture thickens and leaves the side of the pot, about 5 minutes.
Done

Done

  • Pour into a plate to cool slightly.
Cooling mixture

Cooling mixture

  • Immediately make balls with one heaped teaspoon of the mixture. Roll in dessicated coconut or nuts.
Make balls

Make balls

Roll in dessicated coconut to garnish

Roll in dessicated coconut to garnish

Yum!

Yum!

  • Harden in the fridge.

Enjoy!

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