Cook's Hideout: Sindhi Kheerni (Vermicelli-Sago Kheer)

May 19, 2013

Sindhi Kheerni (Vermicelli-Sago Kheer)

Blogging Marathon# 28: Week 3/ Day 3
Theme: Sindhi Dishes
Dish: Kheerni with Seviyan & Sago (Semya/ Vermicelli & Saggubiyyam Payasam)
For the 3rd day of BM# 28, I wanted to make a Sindhi dessert, and since I was making for myself, I didn't want to deal with elaborate process and lot of leftovers. After looking high and low for a simple Sindhi dessert I found this Kheerni recipe on Alka's Sindhi Rasoi. She made her kheerni with crushed up seviyan (semya/ vermicelli). 
Vermicelli-Sago Kheer
Upon further googling for Sindhi Kheerni, I found Shobha's recipe that she made with Sabhudana/ Sago pearls. I wasn't sure which one to choose for my kheerni, so I decided to add them both for a creamy and delicious kheer.
Vermicelli-Sago Kheer
In other news, my 8 month old daughter started to crawl last week and in Andhra, if a baby starts crawling we make payasam or kheer (we say in Telugu-"Paakithe Paayasam"). It is quite interesting to see how a baby's developmental milestones are celebrated with food. We make bobbatlu or puranpoli when the baby rolls over ("Borlapadithe bobbatlu") and so on. So I made this kheerni to celebrate my little one's new found ability to explore places.
Vermicelli-Sago Kheer
I actually think I made way too many changes to this dish that I'm not sure if it can be called Sindhi Kheerni. I guess it should be called my version of Sindhi Kheer. 
Vermicelli-Sago Kheer
Ingredients: Serves 3-4
Milk - 2 cups (I used 1% milk)
Heavy Cream - ¼cup (optional, I added it because I had to use it up)
Sugar - ¼cup (use as per your taste)
Vermicelli (Semya) - 3tbsp, lightly crushed (I used MTR roasted vermicelli)
Sago/ Tapioca pearls/ Saggubiyyam - 3tbsp (I used these tapioca pearls)
MTR Badam mix - 2tbsp
Cashews - 1tbsp, chopped
Amonds - 1tbsp, chopped
Raisins - 1tbsp
Green Cardamom - 3-4
Saffron - a pinch


  • Soak sago for 10-15 minutes in water.
  • Heat 2tbsp ghee in a heavy bottomed pan; roast the nuts until golden. Set aside.
  • In the same pan, roast the vermicelli until lightly golden. Set aside.
  • Bring milk and cream (if using) to boil, add cardamom, vermicelli and drained sago. Simmer on medium-low flame until vermicelli and sago are cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Add sugar, badam mix and saffron. Mix well and cook until sugar is melted and mixture thickens a little bit, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Finally add the roasted nuts and serve at room temperature or chilled.

Vermicelli-Sago Kheer
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 28.


  1. Must be so much fun to watch her crawl everywhere. In Tamil nadu too we make specific dishes for each milestone. Sindhi or not, the kheer and the presentation both look really nice

  2. yummy and i love the clicks very much.

  3. Tremendous and such a rich looking kheer, who can resist to it..Beautifully presented.

  4. As such Pavani, when it comes to most common dishes like the payasam and halwas, all the states follow the same procedure..your bowl looks so inviting..what's more interesting is your daughter. congrats on her you have hands-full right..and I never knew about these terms in telugu, thanks for sharing, I must ask Amma abt it..:)..I love that term with cute..

  5. Wow!!!!wonderful clicks Pavani,can't take my eyes from those lovely clicks..such an exotic sweet.

  6. What's there in a name? The humble semya - sago kheer tastes delicious with all that lovely stuff that went into it. :)

  7. looks so royal and rich!!! simple kheer presented so beautifully!!! looks super delicious!!!
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  8. Pavani...I can visualize the little one crawling...and must say that kheer is so well would so many Sindhis to shame..super one, and of course as always love the clicks.

  9. I love sago and the thick creamy consistency of this kheer. Also congrats to Disha - she must be having so much fun exploring!

  10. Nice pic! I can finish the whole bowl.

  11. On yea, we too celebrate the milestone with different desserts.It is indeed so cute to watch the lil ones crawl :)
    And coming to the kheer, I have no words to say how awesome the clicks look and how beautiful the bowls are :)

  12. The name reminded me of Kareena's dialogue from Jab We Met .. bhatinda ki sikhni hu me! :P
    Yumm looking kheerni! :)

  13. either ways, it looks yumm, so liked ur version of kheerni, and congratulations for your little one's new progress

  14. Inviting Kheer..Picture are very attractive dear..


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