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Pakistani Desserts
Kheer (Vermicelli Pudding)

What makes this dessert unusual is that it is not as sweet as most Indian desserts. It is fairly simple to make. Make sure that the vermicelli is very fine (angel hair pasta is ok but the very fine vermicelli that can be bought at chinese stores is the best).


  • 1 stick Butter
  • 2 handfuls Very fine vermicelli
  • 4 cups Milk
  • 1 pint Whipping cream
  • 1 handful Raisins
  • 3 tblsp Sugar
  • 4 Almonds (optional) peeled and thinly sliced


Melt butter in a 4 qt pot. Break vermicelli into 3" pieces. Over low heat stir vermicelli into butter until it turns light brown. Pour in the milk and stir over medium heat until it boils. Put in the raisins, almonds and sugar.

Continue to cook under low heat for 10 minutes. Add whipping cream and continue to cook for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat and, when cool, chill in the refrigerator before serving

Rice Flour Pudding

(6 servings)


  • 4 1/2 c Milk
  • 3/4 c Sugar
  • 2 oz Rice flour
  • 6-8 drops Rose water
  • 1 oz Almonds
  • 1/2 oz Pistachio nuts


Blanch (optional) and shred nuts. Mix rice flour into the milk and mix until smooth. Cook over medium heat until a creamy consistency is achieved (20-30 minutes?). Simmer and add sugar and stir for 2-3 minutes more.

Cool (in refrigerator for 30 minute) add the rose water, almonds and pistachios (maybe before it cools). Pour into individual dishes and serve.

Besan Burfi


  • 1 c Besan
  • 1 c Shortening
  • 1 c Sugar
  • 4 seeds Cardamom
  • Nuts (optional)


Melt shortening in a pan. Turn down heat and add cardamom and Besan. Fry, stirring constantly to prevent burning until it has changed to a brown color and smells done. (Test: a few drops of water sprinkled on it sputters instantly).

Turn off the heat and stir in the sugar. Spread 1/2" thick onto a platter. Cut into diamond shapes after it has cooled down.

Kheer 2


  • 1/2 c Rice
  • 4 c Milk
  • 1/4 c Raisins
  • 3/4-1 c Sugar
  • 1 t Cardamom seeds
  • 1/4 c Shredded blanched almonds
  • 6-8 drops Rose water
  • 1/2 c Water


Wash and drain the rice. Soak in 1/2 c water for 1/2 hour. Boil the rice in the same water until it is coated and the water dries up. Add the milk and simmer on low heat for 1 1/2 hours.

Scrape the sides and bottom frequently to prevent sticking and mash rice while stirring. When it is creamy, add sugar and stir in well. Remove from heat and add crushed cardamom seeds, rose water and shredded almonds.

Serve hot or cold decorated with silver or gold leaves (optional). [Silver/Gold leaves are very fine and tasteless.]

Gulab Jamuns
(Easy Method)


  • 1 c Bisquick
  • 2 c Carnation powder
  • 2 c Water
  • 1 1/2 c Sugar
  • 4 pods Cardamom
  • few drops Rose water
  • 1/2 stick Butter (4 T)
  • 1/8 c Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Oil for frying


Heat butter and pour in a bowl. Add Bisquick, carnation powder and yogurt and blend together. Knead well adding milk if necessary. Make a smooth ball, cover and let rest (30 minutes?). Make 12-14 small balls.

Heat the water, add sugar, bring to boil, add cardamom seeds and simmer. Boil, then simmer to reduce the water by half. Heat the oil until hot and fry the balls to a golden brown or until they are dark brown---almost black.

Soak in sugar syrup until they double in size (1 hour or overnight). Serve hot or cold.

Suji Halwa
(Semolina Halva)

(4-6 servings)


  • 1/2 c Suji (semolina)
  • 1/2 c Sugar
  • 1/2 c Ghee
  • 1 1/2 c Water
  • 1 oz Sliced almonds
  • 1 oz Raisins
  • 8 Green cardamoms


Boil sugar and water together for 5 minutes. Heat ghee add suji and stir on low heat until mixture becomes light creamy in color and ghee leaves the side of the pan. Add the syrup and stir briskly until it is absorbed in the semolina. Mix in crushed cardamom seeds, almonds, and raisins. Serve hot.



  • 2 c Sewian (vermicelli)
  • 3 1/2 c Milk
  • 3/4 c Sugar
  • 1/4 t Rose water (or 6-8 small cardamom seeds)
  • Ghee


Fry the sewian in hot oil until golden brown. Heat the milk to boiling and add the sewian. Cook until the milk is reduced by half. Add sugar and cook on low heat until creamy (about 25 minutes). Remove from the heat. Add in rose water. Decorate with blanched finely shredded almonds and pistachio nuts and silver leaves if desired.

Carrot Halwa


  • 4 lbs Carrots
  • 1/2 gal Milk
  • 2 c Sugar
  • 2 c Carnation milk powder
  • 1 c Oil
  • to taste Nuts


Clean and grate the carrots. Heat milk to boiling and add the carrots. Cook until liquid is almost gone, stirring to prevent sticking and burning (3 to 4 hours). Add oil and cook more, stirring often, to roast the carrots well (about 1/2 hour). Add the powdered milk and sugar and cook until all the liquid is gone and the mass does not stick to the sides. Add the nuts and raisins and turn off the heat. Pour in a serving dish and serve warm or cold. Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.



  • 1 ltr Homogenized Milk
  • 2 tsp White Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 C Sugar
  • 3 C Water


Bring the milk to a boil and add vinegar to the boiling milk to separate the whey. Throw away the liquid part by sifting the stuff onto a muslin cloth. Pour some cold water over the curd to cool and wash it. Discard the water and hang the cloth for 15-20 minutes to let the excess water drip off.

Put the curd in a food processor or blender and blend at high speed to get a smooth consistency. You may add just a little (1 tsp or so) water while blending, if the curd is too dry and will not blend. Be very careful so as not to add any extra water. Remove the paste and make small balls (1-2" in diameter).

Boil water in a wide vessel. Make sure that there is at least 2-3" of water in the vessel. If not, add more water and increase the quantity of sugar proportionately. Add sugar to the boiling water to make a light syrup.

Continue boiling the syrup and gently drop the curd balls in the boiling syrup. Cook the balls in the boiling syrup for 30-40 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the stuff cool down. Put the balls and the syrup in a storage container and refrigerate (don't freeze). Serve cold.

Mango Ice Cream

This is a great desert which can be made with very little effort. You can replace the Mango pulp with any other pureed fruit.


  • 1 can Condensed Milk
  • 12 oz. Whipped cream(Cool whip)
  • 1 can Mango pulp (Alphonso)

It is very confusing to describe quantities as 1 can. Well, I do not remember the exact numbers so let me describe the sizes. The Mango pulp can is about 6" high and 3" in diameter. I think it is the only size available in an Indian store. The condensed milk can is about 3" high and about 2.5" in diameter and should be available in your neighbourhood grocery store.


Mix all of the pulp, condensed milk and whipped cream in a bowl. Put in the freezer for about 8 hours.


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