Vermicelli, technically is a type of pasta of the spaghetti variety. The ‘bareek’ or ‘angel hair’ variety are like fine strands of hair and has a diameter between 0.8 mm – 0.9 mm.
A sweetened version of this variety of vermicelli is cooked by the Muslims throughout the world during Eid celebration. Italians call this pasta – Capellini.
This is the 50th post of my blog, wanted to make the post sweet 😉 and Pakhi has been pestering me for long to make sweet and dry vermicelli. My girl is happy !! 🙂
Inspite of being a Bengali, I do not have much of a sweet tooth 😛 But, the other two people in my life are crazy for sweets 😀 Pakhi made several trips to the kitchen while i was making this 😀 and i found her waiting with a spoon and a plate moment i took the vermicelli off the fire 😀 😀
So here is what i did………..
For 2 persons
1 cup – angel hair vermicelli
1 tbsp – pistachios (roughly crushed or chopped)
1/2 cup – sugar
1 1/2 cup – water
1 nos – cardamom
pinch of nutmeg (optional)
1 tbsp – almond ( roughly crushed or chopped)
1 tsp – rose petals (dried or fresh)
pinch of saffron soaked in warm water (optional)
1 tbsp – clarified butter/ ghee
fistful of khowa/ unsweetened dry condensed milk
silver leaf/foil to garnish (optional)
Boil the sugar, water and cardamom till the sugar melts. Take it off fire and keep aside.
Heat the clarified butter and fry the vermicelli for 2 – 3 mins ( it will turn golden). Add the sugar syrup. Lower the flame. If needed one may add some water. Add the saffron soaked water. Stir the vermicelli, it should not stick to the pan bottom. Once the syrup dries up, give one last stir and take it off the fire.
Add the almonds and pistachios. Crumble the khowa and mix it in.
Garnish with rose petals and silver leaf. Serve hot.
Note : Silver or Gold leaf, commonly used in many Indian sweets, are highly controversial, though expensive, commodities. For years it has been debated over the use of this product because of rumor of it’s questionable purity. These food foils are approved as edible foil by the EU.
Happy cooking !!! 🙂
Cheers !!! 😉