Indian Muslims eat this sweet treat after moonrise to celebrate the breaking of the Ramadan fast. The pudding is created from vermicelli—long, very thin spaghetti.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves 4


4 oz. vermicelli

1 tbsp. ghee or unsalted butter

1/4 c.  raisins

1/4 c. sliced almonds

2  1/2c. whole milk

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 tsp. ground cardamom

Vermicelli Pudding


1. Break vermicelli into 3-inch pieces.

2. Heat ghee in heavy saucepan. Add raisins, almonds, and vermicelli pieces. Brown lightly.

3. Add milk and bring to a boil,stirring frequently.

4. Reduce heat and simmer vermicelli until soft (about 10 minutes).

5.Stir in sugar and cardamom, remove from heat, and allow to thicken.

6.Serve warm.