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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Homemade Vermicelli Kheer Instant Mix

I always wondered about those guys who buy the commercial brand vermicelli kheer mix. It is not that there is anything wrong with that since vermicelli kheer is undeniably an yummy dessert from the Indian subcontinent. However I feel that one doesn't buy it unless that person falls in the category of a bachelor or a busy body, a novice cook or unfamiliar with Indian cuisine since the kheer is so easy and quick to prepare.
Since I am doing "Ready to use - Prepacked foods" this time in blogging marathon #10, I thought why not prepare this vermicelli kheer mix at home and see for my self how this works.  A pretty easy one as you may have guessed and saves time when you are doing a big batch of kheer.
Check what other marathoners are cooking, here.

What are needed:
Vermicelli - 1 measure
Sugar - 1 measure
Cardamom powder as preferred
Raisins and cashews - a handful
A pinch of saffron strands (very optional)

* Toast the vermicelli / semya on low flame until golden brown. No need to add any ghee to toast vermicelli. Keep aside and let cool.
* If preferred, dry toast the cashews as well.
* Add the sugar, cardamom, saffron, raisins and cashews to toasted vermicelli and store in an airtight container.

Kheer preparation:
Heat 6 measures of milk and add the vermicelli kheer instant mix. Stir well to avoid vermicelli from clumping. Cook until the vermicelli is done.  Addition of a few Tbsp of condensed milk at the end further enhances the flavor of the kheer but is optional.

1. Milk powder can be added to this mix as well to make it more instant kind. 
2. Add sugar if you are planning to use the whole vermicelli mix at one time.
If you are planning to use the vermicelli mix in batches, don't add the sugar to the mix. The sugar settles at the bottom and it is hard to use the appropriate amount of sugar in the recipe. Measure the quantity of vermicelli you are going to use and use equal amount of sugar while preparing the kheer.
3. For 1 measure of vermicelli, 6 measures of milk is needed to prepare the kheer.
4. I have not added any ghee in the mix.



Vandana Rajesh said...

The vermicelli kheer/payasam looks superb Suma. Sometimes instant foods are a big boon especially when one is travelling outside India. Which brand is this?

Suma Gandlur said...

As I mentioned this version is homemde. :)

Harini said...

Sounds perfect! Never tried this way but semiya payasam mix won't survive even a day at home..so why bother ? :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Creamy and yummy kheer, homemade mix is a interesting idea

Kalpana Sareesh said...

homemade.. too good

Leena said...

Nice idea to make dessert in a jiffy..thnks for sharing..homemade is always healthy and delicious!!

kitchen queen said...

tempting and inviting kheer.

Priya said...

Quite an handy and interesting mix, thanks for sharing Suma..

veena krishnakumar said...

wow!!!!!!!!!!!i Make semiya payasam but this is wonderful. I guess i will make some instant mix and keep it in freezer.

Sobha Shyam said...

great idea of making the instant mix as we get in stores..easy for busy festive days..

ANU said...

yum yum...love it!

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Srivalli said...

Wonderful Suma, as I said I am loving this series..thank you for coming out with tempting dishes..

Nisha said...

Great Idea