Eid Mubarak 2015 to all my Muslim readers around the world! Eid Al-Fitr signifies the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, after 30 days of fasting without food or water.The first thought that came to mind when thinking of Eid, was Sawine.
If you are unfamiliar with Trinidad and Tobago’s background, it’s extremely rich in culture and religion. This is why it comprises of a large Muslim community. Growing up in Trinidad, meant that as soon as my Muslim neighbors returned home from Mosque (Place of Worship) on Eid, they would pack big white styrofoam bowls/cups with sawine and share to all their non-Muslim neighbors and friends. Where I lived, there were about 5-7 Muslim homes, which resulted in fights between my siblings and I when the sawine arrived because we each had our personal favorites.
Also, to make things even better, I attended a Muslim primary school. If you went to a Muslim school, you know that the week of Eid was when the school made you walk with your own cup to collect your share of sawine. Nothing made me happier.
Sawine is such a rich and creamy dessert and can be enjoyed hot or cold. The recipe is listed below. This is the way I make it, but there are many variations throughout the web.
1 pack of Vermicelli/Sawine
3-4 cups of water
2-3 Cinnamon sticks
5-10 Cardamom Pods (Optional)
5-7 Cloves (Optional)
1 can of Evaporated Milk
1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk (or less, to your taste)
Maraschino Cherries (Optional)
Sliced Blanched Almonds (Optional)
Empty Vermicelli/Sawine into a large/deep pot. Parch it on high heat until it becomes a dark brown color. This will take approximately 10-20 mins depending on the brand of vermicelli/sawine you use.
When it becomes dark brown, it’s time to throw in the water, cloves, peeled and ground cardamom seeds, cinnamon sticks and grated nutmeg. Put enough water to cover the sawine in the pot. Lower the heat and let that simmer for 10-15 mins until soft.
Pick up a strand of Sawine and feel it to make sure it’s soft and cooked fully. Add in the evaporated milk and the sweetened condensed milk. Now is also a good time to add in your raisins, cherries and almonds. Stir and let it simmer for about 5 mins until all the flavors are infused together. Turn off the stove and start eating, or you can put it into the refrigerator until it’s nice and chilled.
See, it’s easy as 1,2,3. Very simple dessert to put together. Hope you enjoy making it, and eating it too 😛
Thank you for checking out this recipe!
With love and a spoonful of honey,