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Mithi Sev (Sweet Sev)
Mithi Sev (Sweet Sev) Mo Govindji

Mithi Sev (Sweet Sev)

Amina Meghani
7 September 2016
10 mins PreparationServes 725 mins Cooking time

Eid-ul-Adha, the celebration of the sacrifice is coming up for Muslims all around the world, and no Eid meal is complete without a serving of sev! While every family has their own treasured recipe, there are very few healthy and low-calorie ways of preparing this dish. But worry not! You can still enjoy this family favourite without wrecking havoc on your waistline! Try out this healthy-as-can-be Sev recipe that uses less sugar and a minimal dose of ghee without taking away any of the flavour.

Healthy Hints

Despite the red traffic light for sugar, this recipe uses less sugar than a traditional sev recipe. To make up for less sugar, we've added raisins and vanilla essence which both lend a certain subtle sweetness to the dish, while nuts like almonds and pistachios which contain heart-healthy nutrients add substance and depth of flavour so you don't miss out on taste! To make the flavours pop just that bit more, garnish your dish with a dusting of freshly ground cardamom powder to add a heavenly aroma and balance the earthiness of the flavours.


  • 2 tbsp ghee

    170 g, roasted fine vermicelli, broken

    100 g sugar

    400 ml water

    10 g raisins

    2-3 drops vanilla essence 

    5 g almonds, slivered

    5 g pistachios, slivered


Cooking Guide

1. Heat the ghee in a non-stick saucepan over a slow - medium heat.

2. Add the vermicelli and cook for 10 minutes. Stir frequently to ensure that it does not burn and that the vermicelli cooks evenly.

3. Add the sugar and mix well.

4. Add 250 ml of the water, stir and cook until the vermicelli is just tender, approximately 5 minutes.

5. Add the raisins and vanilla essence with the remaining water, cover and cook for 10 minutes.

6. Lightly fluff up the sev with a fork. It should now be loose and dry.

7. Garnish with slivers of almonds and pistachios.

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Food Facts

  • Fat
  • Sat Fats
  • Sugars
  • Salt
  • Calories179kcal
  • Protein0.4g
  • Fat4.1g
  • Saturated fat2.2g
  • Trans fat0.2g
  • Cholesterol9.1mg
  • Carbohydrate35.8g
  • Sugars (Total)19.5g
  • Fibre1.2g
  • Sodium27.40mg
  • Salt equivalents0.1g
  • Iron0.5mg
  • Calcium19.7mg
  • Vitamin C0.0mg
  • Vitamin D0.0mcg
  • Potassium26.2mg