Seviyan Kheer

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What do you do if you have a lot of milk bottles lying in your fridge. Make kheer!

Yes, that’s what I do usually. I think kheer is the easiest dessert you can make in a jiffy. So if you have some guests over for dinner and you are running short of ideas on what to make for dessert, opt for kheer. You can hardly go wrong with it.


For those who don’t know kheer, or payasam as it’s called in southern parts of India is a dessert which is prepared my boiling milk with sugar and then adding the ingredient of which you want to make the kheer of, it can be rice, vermicelli, sago or semolina! You have a lot of choices when it comes to making kheer, the recipe I’m sharing here is of Seviyan kheer or the Vermicelli kheer.

As a child, kheer was one dessert which I would often eat at home. I think what makes it so popular is that it can be prepared quickly and also the ingredients used are very basic which are readily available in every Indian kitchen.


Here’s a simple recipe for Seviyan Kheer.

Serves: 4


Ghee [Clarified Butter]: 1 tbsp

Roasted Seviyan [Vermicelli]: 1 cup

Milk: 500 ml + 2 tbsp

Raisins: 3 tbsp + for garinishing

Rose Water: 2 tbsp

Sugar: 4-5 tbsp [more or less depending on taste]

Cardamom Powder: 1/2 tsp

Saffron strands: a pinch



1. Take ghee in a pan and let it melt.

2. In a bowl, take 2 tbsp of milk and add saffron to it. Set it aside.

3. Once the ghee melts, add raisins and saute them for a minute. You know it’s done when the raisins balloon up.

Seviyan-Kheer-Recipe-Step-14. Add the seviyan and saute for 2-3 minutes at medium flame. Remember I used roasted seviyan so they don’t really need to be roasted much.

5. Add milk and continue to stir at low-medium flame for around 7-8 minutes or till the milk thickens. Do not leave the pan else the milk might get stuck to the bottom.

6. Once the milk has thickened, add the sugar and saffron (which was dissolved in milk). Stir well for a minute.

7. Add cardamom powder, rose water and switch off the gas stove.

Seviyan-Kheer-Recipe-Step-28. Pour the kheer in serving bowls and garnish with remaining raisins.

9. Serve hot or keep it in the fridge for 1-2 hours if you want to serve it chilled. I personally love to eat chilled seviyan.


1. Use as many nuts as you like here. I used only raisins but you can use cashews, pistachios, almonds etc.

2. Sugar and consistency of the kheer should be adjusted according to your choice. If you want it to be on the thinner side, add more milk towards the end.

3. The use of rose water is optional but I highly recommend it. Rose water gives a wonderful aroma and flavor.

4. Use a heavy bottom pan and stir the kheer continuously else the milk can stick to the bottom.

Hi, I’m Manali!

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  1. I am going to love this, will probably make it tomorrow, I just need to know about some substitutions, like if they affect the texture at all or if they do what to do. I was thinking about using half regular milk and half soy milk because I don’t have that much milk left, and I’m not sure if that’s good to do or not, but I don’t want to buy any more milk. What do you think? I if using a plant-based milk would make it less pudding like, that is, less thick- what if I added a little bit of coconut cream, maybe one or two tablespoons? Also I wish to use pistachios than raisins, what measure meaning how much, is right for adding in nuts, and when in the process do they go in?
    I see this is a older post, and you may not even see my message in time, but hope you do. (I’m not Indian, but I hope to cook like one someday!-your blog is a great guide to help me do that! Love all the recipes I come to here!)

    1. Hi Nina, sorry for the late reply. You can use plant based milk to make this recipe, no problem. Add the pistachios along with the seviyan while roasting them.

  2. Loved the recipe. Super easy to follow and my kheer turned exactly like I wanted it. It also came together quite quickly

  3. 5 stars
    Wow! This recipe is really good! I added some apricots, coriander and cinnamon because I didn’t have any cardamom home. But, wow! This tastes so good!