Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Semiya Payasam or Vermicelli Kheer

As a child, I never was too fond of Semiya Payasam because it was something which my mother used to prepare very frequently and my taste buds had somehow got used to the modest taste of it. Then I used to like more blingy stuff like Palada(made out of milk and cooked rice flakes) and Sarkara Payasams(made of lentil and jaggery) - which obviously meant a lot more effort for my mother. But today, even I go for the good old modest semiya payasams for the sake of ease and ohh yeah I do enjoy it more with the richness of added condensed milk and lots of nuts.


  • 1/2 cup - Semiya or Vermicelli
  • 1 tbsp - Ghee
  • 2-3 cups - Toned Milk
  • 1/2 cup - Sugar (or according to your taste)
  • 2 pods - Cardamom, powdered
  • 1 Tbsp - Ghee
  • 10 - 15 nos - Raisins
  • 5 - 10 nos - Cashew nuts
Optional ingredients:
  • 4 - Pista, blanched and chopped
  • 4 - Almonds, dry roasted
  • A pinch of Saffron
  • 3 Tbsp - Condensed milk

  • Pour the milk into a saucepan for boiling. In the meantime, heat a pan with n1 Tbsp of ghee and roast the vermicelli till it turns light brown in color
  • When the milk boils, simmer it and add the semiya and let it cook on low flame for 2-3 minutes and add the sugar and stir well. Let it boil and then simmer till it start getting thick. Now add the condensed milk and turn off the gas when you feel the right consistency has reached. Add the cardamom powder and stir.
  • Roast the raisins and cashew nuts till golden brown and add to the payasam and add the blanched pista and toasted almonds too. Sprinkle the saffron strands and mix well.
  • Serve hot or even chilled.
It may thicken when it cools down, so add boiled hot milk to loosen it up. Also make sure you adjust the sugar content then.


Ann said...

Divz,what all payasams we have,this one still remains the same..sweetheart from childhood..Yours look so colorful and tempting dear..

Superchef said...

looks very delicious..with all the pista and badam n all!

mathew said...

looks rich and delicious...i personally prefer semiya paysam over the more exotic ones ..

Vicky Xavier. said...

I love semiya payasam very much . Your payasam looks so rich and creamy. Yummy dear.

Varsha Vipins said...

Palada nnu ketta nte hubby will die for it..So I make it often..but sugar,ghee..oh..:P..athanoru madi..
I loved ur pic..pista looks so green..pinne aa silky shawl looks fab too..:)

Anonymous said...

very colourful payasam..

Divz said...

Ann - thanks a lot for dropping in

Superchef - i love eating nuts..:) thus lots of it!!

Mathew - I know semiya payasam is always good..i had to grow up to realise that..he he he

thanks viki :)

varsha - I know its difficult to have food when u r hooked up by the calorie factor!! i use bare minimum ghee and double toned milk when I feel like having some payasam in a healthy way!!