Semiya Payasam | Vermicelli Payasam

Vermicelli payasam / Semiya Payasam – is a simple Indian dessert made with vermicelli, sugar, milk & ghee. Any type of vermicelli available in the market can be used to make this payasam. I have used vermicelli made from hard wheat. You can also use normal semiya, ragi semiya, kambu semiya or any other commercially available vermicelli.

How to make semiya / vermicelli payasam

Cooking instructions with step by step pictures

Bring milk and water to boil. Meanwhile heat ghee in a pan and roast cashew nuts till brown. If adding raisins, add raisins and cook till they bubble up. Drain them with a slotted spoon and keep them aside.

In the same pan roast vermicelli / semiya till it is roasted in ghee and  aromatic. Do not brown them. 

Add roasted vermicelli / semiya to the boiling milk.

Add crushed cardamom pods and cook till the vermicelli / semiya is soft. 

Add sugar and simmer for 10 minutes.

If adding, add vanilla extract now. 

Add the roasted cashews.

Switch off the stove.

Serve warm or refrigerate and serve chilled.

Semiya Payasam | Vermicelli Payasam

Dr. Monica
Simple & easy vermicelli / semiya payasam which is perfect for your sugar cravings.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup vermicelli / semiya
  • 4 cups full fat milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar (can increase upto 1 cup)
  • 3 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract / essence (optional)
  • 10 to 12 cashews
  • 10 to 12 golden raisins
  • 3 green cardamom pods

Instructions
 

  • Bring milk and water to boil.
  • Meanwhile heat ghee in a pan and roast cashew nuts till brown. If adding raisins, add raisins and cook till they bubble up. Drain them with a slotted spoon and keep them aside.
  • In the same pan roast vermicelli / semiya till it is roasted in ghee and aromatic. Do not brown them.
  • Add roasted vermicelli / semiya to the boiling milk.
  • Add crushed cardamom pods and cook till the vermicelli / semiya is soft.
  • Add sugar and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • If adding, add vanilla extract now.
  • Add the roasted cashews.
  • Switch off the stove and serve warm or refrigerate and serve chilled.

Notes

  • You can double or halve the recipe.
  • You can increase or decrease the sweetness as per your liking.
  • You can add condensed milk to make it a rich dessert. If you are adding condensed milk, reduce the sugar accordingly.
  • The payasam thickens on cooling. So if you need a runny payasam add an extra cup of milk.

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