The most popular Eid sweet in the Caribbean

Eid Mubarak to my brothers and sisters observing worldwide.

In the West Indies, there’s one special Eid sweet that we look forward to. For those in Trinidad and Tobago, it’s called Sawine. The majority of us, could probably eat down two or three bowls of it. It’s that good.

Our good friend at Shaan Grande from What’s In De Pot has offered to share his recipe for us.

“As a child growing up in Trinidad, I looked forward to Eid, as my mother’s side of the family is Muslim. For Eid, there would be many delicious desserts. My favorite was always Sawine. When I taste Sawine, I have sweet memories of family gatherings, playing with my cousins and all the fun we had.”

What is it?

“Sawine is a milky, sweet dessert made with Vermicelli noodles and aromatic spices. It’s served in Trinidad and Tobago on Eid al-Fitr – the festival marking the end of Ramadan. Sawine is also known as Vermicelli in Guyana.” 

Whats In De Pot

What you’ll need


  • 6 cups 2% Milk 
  • 6 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 pk vermicelli (280g)
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup raisins, seedless
  • 1/4 cup cherries 
  • 1 tsp nutmeg   
  • Note: Cherries, Raisins and Almonds can be added at the end or during the cooking process. 

How to make it

  • Start with 1 teaspoon of butter on medium-high heat. 
  • Once melted add Vermicelli noddles and parch till golden brown. 
  • Remove noodles from pot and allow pot to cool down. 
  • Add 2 cups of milk to pot on medium-low heat. 
  • When milk gets warm add nutmeg, cinnamon stick, 6 tablespoons of sugar and stir. 
  • After 5 minutes 2 more cups of milk. 
  • Add the noodles – if you add all the noodles you may need to add more milk in the video I added 2 additional cups of milk. 
  • Add a small amount of raisins, cherries, almonds and stir. 
  • Place cover on pot and simmer on medium-low for 15 mins stirring occasionally. 
  • After 15 minutes remove lid and check to see if noodles are cooked. Once noodles are cooked add the remainder of cherries, almonds and raisins. 

Watch the full recipe here:

How do you like your Sawine?

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