Meethe Jave/ Vermicelli Kheer, dessert or pudding made with jave or wheat/semolina vermicelli noodles in thickened milk with nuts.
It is a quick recipe which you can prepare under 30 mins from start to finish.
This creamy kheer/Indian style pudding is a staple in parts of western Uttar Pradesh and is prepared during festivals (like Raksha Bandhan) and also served as dessert after meals.
What are Jave
Vermicelli is known as Jave in North Indian States and it is prepared in sweet and savory form. The savoury form is known as Namkeen Jave. Traditionally, Jave were handmade by ladies of the house in monsoon season, when after finishing morning routine work they used to gather together and made it in big batches. Now a days, machine made Jave or Vermicelli are available in markets.
I use Bambino or MTR vermicelli for Kheer or the savoury version.
About the recipe
Meethe Jave is sweet milk pudding made with vermicelli noodles made with semolina or wheat flour.
I make Meethe Jave quite often, Rajeev and kids just love it. For regular weekdays I do not add any nuts as we like it this way also.
Making Meethe Jave on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan (also known as Rakhi) , is also a tradition in Western U.P especially in Jat community. Mom always cooked Meethe Jave on Rakhi and now I too prepare it on this auspicious occasion.
Significance of Raksha Bandhan.. The festival that celebrates the Bond of Sibling Love
Raksha Bandhan is a festival that celebrates the bond of love between brothers and sisters and families. Traditionally, it a custom that sister/s tie Rakhi on wrist of their brother/s and pray for their long life and receive gifts from them!! In Rajasthan, even sisters also tie Rakhi to each other, and in some places there is a tradition where sister in laws also tie Rakhi to each other.
You can google to find more on Raksha Bandhan.
As kids me and my sister used to tie Rakhi to our cousin brothers. When we moved to another city, we missed celebrating the festivals with them. Though we used to send Rakhis through mail, but we missed the tradition of tying Rakhis. Mom suggested why not tie Rakhi to Dad as he also missed his sisters and so, both of us(me and my sis) started tying Rakhi to our dad and to each other too.
Now when everyone is in a different part of world, we still miss the tradition but somewhere the bond still remains. I may not talk to my cousins for months but we all know somewhere we share the same love and bond which started with this simple tradition of tying a thread when we were kids.
How to make Meethe Jave/Vermicelli Kheer
To make Meethe Jave we need small Vermicelli noodles made with wheat or semolina (refer pic below), milk, nuts like almonds, raisins and cashew nuts.
To make Jave, roast Jave or Vermicelli, in a pan. Many people add ghee also while roasting. We dry roast it do not add ghee.
Keep milk to boil in a thick bottomed pan on medium flame. When milk comes to boil lower the flame.
Add roasted jave/vermicelli in milk after 5 minutes. Also add raisins. Mix well.
Jave may stick together and form lumps, you can break it lightly using the spoon or ladle.
Cook till the pudding has thick and creamy consistency. Add sugar or any other natural sweetener(if you avoid sugar), you can jaggery or dates also.
Add finely chopped or crushed nuts.
Serve hot or cold as per liking.
You can serve it warm or chill it for a couple of hours before serving. I and Rajeev loves warm jave while kids love to have it chilled.
You can make it for your parties and get togethers as it can be made in big batches and refrigerated.
You can top it with dry fruits and serve.
You can also add rose syrup or mango puree and pieces when mangoes are in season or add brownie bits and serve.
You can make it a day ahead of your parties or for regular weekdays. Make it cool at room temperature and then chill it. Keep it covered.
Refrigerate leftover vermicelli kheer for about 2-3 days.
You can have it chilled or warm it before consuming.
I don't freeze it so can't comment on freezing this vermicelli pudding.
Jave is different from Seviyan that is prepared during the special occasion of Eid. Seviyan is prepared from long Vermicelli noodles roasted in ghee and with lots of nuts like raisins, dates, dried apricots. Also, it can be flavored with essence like rose or kewra. Jave are prepared with less nuts and it is a much simpler preparation then Seviyan.
Meethe Jave/Vermicelli Pudding
- Thick Bottomed Pan
- 500 ml Milk
- 1 Cup Jave/Vermicelli Noodles
- 1-2 tbsp Finely chopped nuts(Almonds, Cashew nuts)
- 8-10 Raisins
- Sugar as per taste
- In thick bottomed pan, add milk and keep it to boil on medium flame.
- In another pan, dry roast vermicelli till light brown.
- Add vermicelli, raisins to milk and mix well.
- Lower the flame and cook till the pudding is thick and creamy. Keep the consistency as per your liking.
- Add finely chopped nuts serve warm or chilled as per your liking.
Do make this simple Jave/kheer for your family on any special occasion or just like that. Warm Jave are very comforting on hot chilly or rainy days and Chilled ones are a treat for hot summers!!
I am sure, hot or cold your are surely going to like it. Do give my your feedback whenever you make it.
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