Add Honey To Sawine For A Healthy Substitute

Add Honey To Sawine For A Healthy Substitute

Sawine, or vermicelli pudding, is most commonly eaten during festivals and special celebrations like Eid-ul-Fitr. To mark the end of Ramadan, many Muslims indulge in big jugs of the sweet, milky pudding. When flavoured with spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nuts, it’s irresistible. 

But traditionally, this comfort food is made with sweetened condensed milk and sugar — not ideal for diabetics and weight-watchers. Instead, this quick and healthy pudding still brings in the goodness of the candied cherries, while substituting sugar with honey as a natural sweetener. 


Author: Sandra Sookdeo

Recipe Type: Desserts

Yields: 8 Servings

Total Time: 35 mins

  • 1 pack vermicelli 
  • 4 cups water 
  • 1 tablespoon butter 
  • 2 tablespoons honey 
  • 4 tablespoons full-cream milk  
  • 1 stick cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon elychee (cardamom) 
  • 4 cloves Cherries
  • optional Almonds
  1. In a bowl, empty the packet of vermicelli and break the noodles with your hands until all pieces are about 1-inch in size.
  2. Heat a heavy metal pot on the stove. Add butter to pot and allow to melt.
  3. Toss in the broken vermicelli and allow to parch, turning constantly so all pieces are covered in butter. Cook until the vermicelli becomes light brown in colour.
  4. Remove the pot from the flame.
  5. Next, in another pot, place 4 cups of water to boil.
  6. Add broken cinnamon and cloves.
  7. Add parched vermicelli and boil until cooked (for approximately 10 minutes, or until the vermicelli is soft).
  8. Add milk to the pot of vermicelli, along with water and spices, and bring to a boil. Now, add honey and sweeten to taste.
  9. When the sawine is done, add cherries and almonds on top and serve immediately.
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