Halava inspired Vermicelli Kheer

Halava inspired Vermicelli Kheer

Who doesn’t like Kheer?! This recipe was developed as I suddenly got obsessed with eating the famous middle eastern Halava which is like a Halwa (like Indian Sweet) but this one is crumbly made using milk powder, tahini, cardamom powder and nuts.
I just love how nutty and delicious the flavors are.

Tahini is basically sesame paste and the ground sesame paste takes the Kheer to a whole new rich nutty flavor. Ps: If you do not like the flavor of Tahini I can’t assure you that you will like it but this is a treat for the tahini/ Halava lovers! 😍

The color comes from the caramel which is made by melting sugar, and butter is added to which condensed milk is added to get a butterscotchy color and smells divine! I like to serve the Kheer chilled, as it’s summer here in Dubai. The crunch from the different nuts takes the Kheer to a next level. Unlike payasam (South Indian Kheer), cashews and raisins aren’t fried in ghee. 

Next time you make this version of Kheer, do let me know how you liked it! 😃


  • 1/4 cup roasted Vermicelli 
  • 1/2 litre warm Milk
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter, room temperature 
  • 2 tbsp condensed milk, room temperature 
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp Tahini
  • 1/4 cup Sugar or as required 
  • Salt, required
  • 2 tbsp each of Almond, Walnuts, Pistachios (chopped)
  • Hot water, to loosen if required 
  • Pistachio Cream for decorating 


  1. Roast vermicelli, if not roasted.

  2. Make the caramel by melting sugar, do not stir, allow to melt, once it starts to melt from the sides, mix gently and add in your room temperature butter and mix.
  3. Now on low heat, add the room temperature condensed milk and stir. 
  4. Pour the warm milk to the caramel, stir and add the vermicelli, and allow to thicken.

  5. Finally add in tahini, cardamom powder, salt and chopped nuts and loosen with water if required (do not over pour water as this will make the Kheer very watery and flavorless). 
  6. Bring to a slight boil and allow to cool and refrigerate.
  7. Make lines of pistachio cream in your serving individual bowls and pour the chilled Kheer and garnish with nuts. Enjoy!

Do try this recipe and don't forget to share your experience/feedback with me here in the comments or feel free to send me a mail. Also, do tag me at #taystedit if you try out my recipes on Facebook, Instagram etc so that I can see when you make it. ♡♡♡♡

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