Sweet Vermicelli, or Meethi Seviyan, is a sweet dessert made with vermicelli, ghee, sugar, cardamom, and nuts. This is also called Semiya Kesari or Parsi-style sweet seviyan. A perfect one-pot sweet dessert that can be made in just 15 minutes.

Dry Sweet Vermicelli Seviyan in a pretty bowl garnished with nuts and raisins

Growing up, my mom used to make this dessert many times. This Meethi Seviyan is quick, easy, and so delicious.  Yum!  And with the sweet tooth that many of us have, I don’t mind this for breakfast as well.  It is not too sweet, just the right amount.

We also love this Semiya Kheer and Sheer Khurma. If you are not the one with a sweet tooth, try the savory recipe, Seviyan Upma.

Vermicelli

Some of you may be new to vermicelli, so I want to share a picture of what it looks like.  They are like thin spaghetti or noodles but have a different texture than both.  I use the thick vermicelli for this recipe.  I always keep these in my pantry (similar to pasta); they cook so quickly and are perfect for busy times.

Sweet Seviyan Vermicelli Instant Pot

Oh..and I prefer to buy roasted vermicelli, so I don’t have to spend any extra minutes roasting it.  It is all about quick and delicious cooking.  Isn’t it?

How to make Sweet Seviyan?

This is a super simple recipe.  Just roast the nuts and raisins, add the vermicelli, and stir for 30 seconds.  Add the other ingredients and let the instant pot do its magic.

Let’s see how we do this in less than 15 minutes.  Start the instant pot in SAUTE mode and heat the ghee in it.  Add the assorted nuts or dried fruits you like, about 1/4 cup.  If you have roasted nuts, even better 🙂  Then, add the roasted vermicelli.

Roasting nuts and raisins in instant pot

Now, if you don’t have roasted vermicelli, you can roast it right in your instant pot.  When you add ghee, add the vermicelli and roast it for about 3-4 minutes, and then add the nuts.

Roasted vermicelli with nuts and raisins ready to cook

Add the water, sugar, cardamom powder, and saffron.  Close the instant pot and set it on high-pressure cooking for 1 minute.  When the pressure cooking is done, do a 5-minute NPR, which means open the instant pot 5 minutes after the beep.

Dry Sweet Vermicelli cooked in the instant pot

Sweet Seviyan is ready to be served.  Enjoy it for an easy dessert.

Stovetop Method

This method is very similar. I like to use a heavy bottom pan. Heat ghee in the pan on medium heat. 

Add the nuts and saute for 30 seconds. Then add raisins and saute for another 30 seconds. Then add roasted vermicelli and saute for a minute. 

Stir in the remaining ingredients – water, cardamom, sugar and saffron.  

Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently. The seviyan will absorb the water in about 6-8 minutes. 

Serve Meethi Seviyan garnished with sliced pistachios.

Meethi Seviyan served in a pretty bowl topped with nuts and raisins

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Sweet Vermicelli (Meethi Seviyan)

Sweet Vermicelli or Meethi Seviyan, is a sweet dessert made with vermicelli, ghee, sugar, cardamom and nuts.  This is also called Semiya Kesari or Parsi style sweet seviyan.  A perfect one pot sweet dessert which can be made in just 15 minutes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

Instructions 

Instant Pot Method

  • Start the instant pot in SAUTE mode and heat ghee in it.  
  • Add the nuts and saute for 30 seconds. Then add raisins and saute for another 30 seconds. Then add roasted vermicelli and saute for a minute.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients – water, cardamom, sugar and saffron. Press CANCEL and close the instant pot lid with vent in sealing position.
  • Press MANUAL or pressure cook mode and set it for 1 minute at high pressure.  
  • When the instant pot beeps, do 5 minute natural pressure release, which means release pressure 5 minutes after the instant pot beeps.
  • Sweet Seviyan are ready to be served. Garnish with sliced pistachios.  

Stovetop Method

  • Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan on medium heat.
  • Add the nuts and saute for 30 seconds. Then add raisins and saute for another 30 seconds. Then add roasted vermicelli and saute for a minute.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients – water, cardamom, sugar and saffron.  
  • Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently. The seviyan will absorb the water in about 6-8 minutes.
  • Serve Meethi Seviyan garnished with sliced pistachios.

Video

YouTube video

Notes

Vermicelli: If you don’t have roasted vermicelli, you can roast it right in your instant pot.  When you add ghee, add the vermicelli and roast it for about 3-4 minutes and then add the nuts.
Water or Milk: I made these Sweet Seviyan with water, but you can also use 1/2 milk and 1/2 water.
Cardamom: It is recommended to buy whole cardamom pods and grind them at home to make a powder.  

Nutrition

Calories: 389kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 114mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 2gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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10 Comments

  1. Hi Meeta,
    I tried this recipe yesterday and it turned out delicious 😋. Thank you for sharing.

  2. In Mumbai you don’t see people using this type of thick vermicelli to make sweet dish. We use very thin vermicelli and it tastes much better than the thicker variety

    1. Hi Sara – Sure, my mom makes with thin vermicelli as well. For thin vermicelli, I would definitely recommend to make it on the stovetop.