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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. 

HEALTHY SAWINE

Yields8 Servings
Total Time35 mins

INGREDIENTS

 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, optional

DIRECTIONS

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.

Ingredients

 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, optional

Directions

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.

Healthy Sawine
Sandra Sookdeo

Sandra has been cooking recipes learned from her mother, Ruth and her family. These recipes have been handed through generations over the years. Sandra continues to pass down her and her mother’s traditional cooking methods and recipes to her daughters.

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