Friday, May 18, 2012

Semiya Payasam / Vermicelli Payasam

Semiya Payasam / Vermicelli Payasam in one of the favourites in my family. Though we all mostly make this sweet during festivals and special occasions, the preparation itself makes a normal day so special.!! Semiya Payasam is made by roasting the vermicelli with ghee, slowly cooked and simmered in milk and sugar, flavoured with crushed cardamom powder and little saffron and garnished with ghee roasted cashew nuts. It tastes heavenly if made using whole milk. As the process is simpler, its easy to make a normal day into a very special day....Its all in our hands!!! Have a beautiful day with a cup of sweet semiya payasam.
Semiya / Vermicelli - 1 cups
Milk - 4-5 cups ( Used 2% Milk )
Sugar - 3/4 th of a cup
Cardamom Powder - 1 tsp
Saffron - 1 pinch ( Optional )
Ghee - 2 tsp
Cashew nuts - 8-10 ghee roasted
  • In a kadai / cooking vessel, add a tsp of ghee and roast the cashew nuts first and keep them aside. Then add another tsp of ghee and roast the vermicelli till it turns golden colour.
  • When you get a nice aroma, add enough water to cook the vermicelli.
  • When its well cooked, add milk,saffron and sugar and allow them to cook for another 5-6 minutes.
  • Don't forget to stir the payasam once a while.
  • Add cardamom powder and roasted cashew nuts to the Payasam.
  • You can have this Payasam either warm or chilled.
  • Finally add the roasted cashew nuts to the Payasam and enjoy.
Tips / Note
Vermicelli payasam thickens after a while as the vermicelli absorbs most of the milk. Also, it gets thickened when its refrigerated. So, just before serving add warm milk to the Payasam and mix them well and serve.

You can add roasted raisins to the Payasam along with cashew nuts.


  1. Vidhya,

    You have posted my mom's favorite payasam.

    many weekends after finishing her weekly laundry/ironing works, lunch etc.., loved to take a 45 mins nap while I was listening to music/doing home works etc..., when She woke up, She prepared semiya paalpayasam to energize.

    my mom- sat/sun-evenings, semiya paalpayasam, saturday-hindi films, sunday-tamil films are nostalgic associated in my life!

    oh... all those kahanies, I can share with you!


  2. Oh, thats great vinukka. I refused to start from your home after sensed that mami was going to make Cauliflower bhaji..Being a mom, she found out my idea and gave me a full bowl of Bhaji and then only i started back home...I can still remember that...


  3. yeah... She liked suda suda or moru morunnu konjama sapadanum... after her tired work week, weekend household maintenance chores during sat/sun!




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