This Seviyan or Sewai Kheer recipe is a deliciously creamy milk based dessert that hails from South Asia. This easy and quick sweet dish gets ready in only 15 minutes.  If you want to make this without milk, then you can make Meethi Seviyan too.

Sweet vermecelli with milk served in a metal bowl and garnished with green pistachio and red rose petals


What is Kheer?

For those of you who may not know, kheer is a sweet dish from South Asia. Its primary base is boiled milk and sugar which then can have a number of variations.

These include rice, vermicelli, tapioca, paneer, semolina, oats and quinoa.

We love milk-based Indian sweets and these are some of our favourite kheer recipes: Rice Kheer Pressure Cooker + Instant Pot , Moriyo Phool Makhana Kheer , Shahi Mango Paneer Kheer, Instant Pot Doodh Poha Kheer

Quick Seviyan Kheer

Also called Semiya Payasam and it is often eaten during religious festivals but can also be enjoyed at any time of the year because it comes together just in few minutes.

Mum taught me how to make this dessert a few years back, and sometimes I have had sweet cravings after a spicy meal  this kheer always came for the rescue

This super easy quick seviyan kheer is a straightforward recipe and can be made with pantry ingredients.

It is prepared with by simmering whole milk with ghee roasted vermicelli and sugar, and flavoured with cardamom and nutmeg powder and topped it up with slivered nuts.

I love eating this kheer whilst it is hot but it is also delicious cold.

The Difference between Seviyan Kheer and Sheer Khurma

There is a lot of confusion between these two similar-looking desserts which uses almost similar ingredients and method, however, there is quite significant differences between them.

Seviyan kheer is popular amongst every culture and made during many festivals and required fewer ingredients. For seviyan kheer even thicker vermicelli works fine too.

Whereas Sheer Khurma is popular amongst the Muslim community and often made during Eid all over the world. Eid celebrations are incomplete without this delicious and rich Sheer Khurma.

It is mainly prepared with very fine and thin vermicelli which often called nylon seviyan, lots of nuts, dates and sugar and saffron is added for that unique flavour. Basically, sheer khurma means milk with dates.

In sheer khurma, first nuts are fried in ghee and later added to the recipe. Once the dish is made, a ghee tempering with either clove or cardamom poured the dessert.

Traditionally, sheer khurma is served warm.

Vermicelli pudding served in a silver bowl and placed in a silver plate.

Ingredients for Seviyan Kheer recipe

1. Vermicelli - use normal thickness vermicelli. Toasting the vermicelli before adding to the milk removes the rawness and lends great colour.

2. Milk - using whole milk is best as you get the creamiest kheer but you can also use skimmed or semi-skimmed.

3. Ghee - you can easily buy pure ghee or make homemade ghee using butter

4. Sugar - use white granulated sugar.

5. Nutmeg and cardamom powder - for flavours and lends beautiful aroma. a little goes a long way

6. Nuts - we have used almond and pistachio but for health reasons such as allergies, you can hold off the nuts. Don't have any nuts on hand, use milk masala instead.

To fry the nuts or not?

For seviyan kheer recipe, nuts do not require frying however if you don't like raw nuts you can fry them before roasting the seviyan.

How to make Seviyan with condensed milk?

Although, condensed milk is not the first choice to sweeten the dessert if you want to use condensed milk instead of normal milk but omit the addition of sugar.

Sweet Vermicelli with evaporated milk

Evaporated milk is not condensed milk, in some countries, it is known as 'unsweetened condensed milk' however it's consistency is not the same.

It is a shelf-stable canned cow's milk product where about 60% of the water has been removed from fresh milk.

This milk is not sweet therefore you have to use sugar or other sweeteners in the recipe.

Addition of evaporated milk makes this kheer creamy, rich and speed up the recipe and saves lots of time.

Once the seviyan are roasted, add evaporated milk and sugar together and cook only a minute or so and turn off the heat and transfer the kheer in a bowl to prevent sticking it to the base of the pan.

Is Seviyan kheer eaten hot or cold?

Tell you the truth there are no hard and fast rules to enjoy this dish, have it how you like it. If I make in the winter I serve hot and if in the summer I love to have chilled.

This kheer best enjoyed after having Paneer Tikka Biryani or pair it with Tofu Dum Kali Mirch, Sabz Khada Masala and Mande Roti.

Storage and freezing the seviyan kheer

Kheer is milk-based dessert, best eaten fresh. This kheer can be stored in a refrigerator for a couple of days in an airtight container.

Do not store at room temperature if you reside in a hotter climate. You may freeze the kheer for a couple of weeks if you like.

Thaw in the fridge then gently reheat on stove or microwave before eating.


While roasting the seviyan, keep an eye on it as it thin vermicelli burns quickly.

Add a little kewra or rose water at the end to add a gorgeous fragrance and flavour to the seviyan.

Use single or double cream or half and half for an extra indulgent treat, but only add when you add sugar.

If you are using evaporated milk, don't cook kheer for longer it will stick to the bottom of the pan.

You may add cashew nuts, charoli/chironji or raisins too.

Add more milk if kheer gets too thick.

How to make Seviyan Kheer step by step and video recipe

1. Heat ghee in a pan.

2. Add broken vermicelli.

3. Roast on low heat.

4. Until golden brown and aromatic, remove in a plate or bowl.

5. In the same pan add milk, boil for 3-4 minutes and add roasted seviyan.

6. Simmer for 4-5 minutes, keep stirring.

7. Add sugar and cook further a couple of minutes.

8. Flavour the kheer with cardamom and nutmeg powder, garnish it with chopped nuts.

You might like these kheer recipes 

Doodh Paak (Gujarati style rice pudding)

Date, Pear and Samo Kheer (Farali kheer)

Garvanu (Gujarati style semolina kheer)

Gajar and Phool Makhana Kheer

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Quick Seviyan Kheerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujo6bBJB1PUThis Seviyan or Sewai Kheer recipe is a deliciously creamy dessert that hails from South Asia. This easy and quick sweet dish gets ready in only 15 minutes.http://i3.ytimg.com/vi/ujo6bBJB1PU/maxresdefault.jpg2020/10/04
Yield: 6-8 SERVINGS
Author: Hayley Dhanecha


This rich, easy and quick sweet dish gets ready in only 15 minutes. Serve after having a spicy meal or make on any festival to brighten the day.
Cook time: 15 MinTotal time: 15 Min



  1. Heat ghee in a heavy-based pan or kadai.
  2. Add seviyan and roast till golden brown and aromatic on low heat.
  3. Remove it in another plate.
  4. In the same pan add milk, bring it to boil and cook the milk for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Now add roasted seviyan and mix well.
  6. Simmer the mixture another 5 minutes on medium heat.
  7. Add sugar and cook 1 minute.
  8. Flavour the kheer with cardamom and nutmeg powder.
  9. Garnish the dessert with slivered nuts.
  10. Serve hot or cold. 


While roasting the seviyan, keep an eye on it as it thin vermicelli gets burn so quickly. Add a little kewra or rose water at the end to add a gorgeous fragrance and flavour to the seviyan. Use single or double cream or half and half for an extra indulgent treat, but only add when you add sugar. If you are using evaporated milk, don't cook kheer for longer it will stick to the bottom of the pan. You may add cashew nuts, charoli or raisins too. Add more milk if kheer gets too thick.



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Note:- This post was originally posted in January 2011 but I have updated the post since with newer photos and content. 


  1. Congrats and happy birthday

  2. Many Congrats to you on your blog anniversary and of course reaching 150 posts.Wishing you many more wonderful blogging g years ahead with beautiful posts.
    Its great to know you are doing sunrise Tv is this a free channel or does one have to subscribe to it?? Would love to see you hosting the shows, I love cookery shows .

  3. congrats Jagruti Dear!....the pudding looks awesome....enjoy!

  4. Congratulations...1 year and 150 post...keep up the good work!

  5. congrats darling and wish u many many more....pudding looks divinely delicious...

  6. congrats dear..the pudding looks awesome....wishing u many more wonderful blogging years ahead with lovely posts!

    hey sunsrise channel is separate channel??i only got n watch star.....

  7. congratulations on all the fantastic achievements during the year and happy b'day to ur blog :)) the pudding looks very fitting to celebrate ur joy!

  8. Congratulations....It was also nice for me to meet you through blogging!! All the best for the coming year!! The kheer looks heavenly.

  9. Congratulations Jagruti on both the anniversary and 150th post. wonderful milestones to celebrate. That pudding looks worth it :)

  10. Double congrats, Jagruti! Best wishes for many such feats to come.

  11. Congrats ! Keep rocking ..Kheer looks fabulous

  12. congratulations on ur blog anniversary dear.. lovely semiya pudding.. my fav

  13. congrats on ur blog anniversary and 150th post. The pudding looks great

  14. Congrats on your 1st blog anniversary jags, keep rocking...and wish you a very happy new year as well...

  15. Congrats on the blog anniversary. Wishing you many more years of clicking & posting :D

  16. congrats dear...tht was indeed an achievement in such less time...way to go gal !! kheer looks delish !pls lemme know the name of the show or send me link ..will see on youtube :)

  17. Congrats dear, keep rocking dear..Creamy and rich looking pudding tempts me a lot..

  18. Congratulations......here's wishing you many happy years of blogging.

  19. Congrats on your blogversary, here's wishing you many more blogging years ahead!

  20. Congrats dear on 1st anniversary and your 150th post. Keep posting your delicious menu, pudding looks tempting....

  21. Many Congrats Jagruti.. This pudding is looking inviting! Perfect for the occassion! Wish you many more milestones! Cheers

  22. Congratulations and celebrations!!!!Awesome kheer to celebrtae the milestone..Happy blog Anniversary !!

  23. Congratulations Jagruti on 150 post and first year blog b'day :)))

  24. Congratulations Jagruti,vermicelli pudding looks delicious...

  25. Congragulations and the kheer looks so so good.

  26. Congratulations on all your achievements dear Jagruti. Keep up the great work and keep blogging :-)

  27. Congrats.. yummy vermicelli pudding looks perfect for the celebrations..

  28. Congrats dear, happy to follow you back. semiya pudding looks absolutely fantastic, perfect treat, great

  29. Congratulations on your blog anniversary and 150th post... that's a delicious looking kheer. Thanks for stopping by at my blog and for leaving your wonderful comment :)

  30. Congrats ... What a sweet way to celebrate 150 th post.

  31. Congratulations!! Lovely Kheer, ideal for the occasion.

  32. Congratulations! Hope to see many many more...

  33. Olá, amiga!
    Parabéns!... seu blog é tudo de bom mesmo!!!
    Bom fim de semana! ♫♫
    Beijinhos °º
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  34. Such drooling pictures jagruti!! We totally love this kheer and we call it noodles payasam at home, for my lil one it is noodles and it is his favorite dish till date!!!

  35. I am a big fan of seviyan kheer. It is creamy and oh-so delicious. LOVE your pics and step by step photos. I am now tempted to make it right away.

  36. Congrats on the brog anniversary. I love the nylon semiya kheer served chilled on any festival day and your looks exactly like the one I will ever love

  37. Seviyan kheer is such kheer recipe which gets ready in no time and it's taste is matchless. No one can say no to them.

  38. Sevaiyon ki kheer is a must during festival time or no occasion at our place. Yours has turned out perfect and looks great.
    Beautiful captures.

  39. This looks so delicious. I am a big fan of not only your recipes but your photography too. After seeing your photographs I am craving Seviyan. I am going to make them now :)

  40. Sewiya Kheer is one of my all time favorite desserts that comes together in a jiffy. This Kheer is looking so delicious and appetising ...

  41. A sweet dessert is perfect to celebrate anniversary! Semiya kheer is my favorite one. this looks lovely. Congrats and good luck to your blogging journey!

  42. Seviyan kheer is my girls favorite. You have made it so so amazingly. Love the video and the pics are outstanding 😍

  43. Such a rich, easy and quick sweet dish using vermicelli. BEst to serve after meal or to make on any special celebration. Your clicks are looking so delicious and appetizing.

  44. In hot summers, What can be better than a chilled bowl of seviyan kheer topped with nuts of choice. so easy and quick to make delicious dessert. Lovely Video very helpful for the beginners.

  45. This is one of the sweets that we often make at home and love it too. It looks delicious Jagruti


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