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Semiya Payasam recipe, Vermicelli kheer

by Jeyashri suresh
Semiya Payasam recipe
 Semiya Payasam, a popular South Indian kheer| payasam recipe made using milk, vermicelli and sugar. A simple recipe but tastes awesome and it is a must in our household whenever we have guests. Later when condensed milk started coming into the market, my mom used to make semiya payasam using condensed milk and it will take the  taste of the payasam to a different level. Even without the addition of the condensed milk the payasam is made by simmering the milk for a long time. In most of the South Indian weddings they serve Semiya payasam. Now a days they serve in disposable cups but during our childhood days, they used to serve in the banana leaf itself. We use our hands to eat the payasam and sometimes smear some fried appalam on it and eat too.
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Semiya Payasam recipe

Semiya Payasam recipe

  • Recipe Cusine: Indian
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook time: 40 Minutes
  • Serves: 5-6
  • Author: Jeyashri
  • Recipe Category: Dessert
  • Description: Semiya Payasam, a popular South Indian kheer| payasam recipe made using milk, vermicelli and sugar.

     Semiya | Vermicelli  1/4 cup
     Milk   5 cups 
     Ghee  1 tblsp
     Cashew nuts   10
    Condensed milk   1/2 cup  (optional)
    Sugar  1/4 cup ( add as per your taste)
    Venthayam| Methi seeds  1/4 tsp
    Cardamom powder  a pinch
    Saffron  a pinch (optional)

semiya payasam

Method with step by step pictures :

  • In a heavy bottomed pan, add ghee and fry the cashews till golden brown and keep aside.
  • In the same pan, add the vermicelli and roast it till turns into a nice golden brown colour.
  • While sauting, stir it in between. Don’t let it burnt.
  • Do not add more vermicelli as it will make the payasam too thick.
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  • Now add the milk in the pan and boil it till the milk reduces to 3/4 th of the quantity.
  • Keep stirring in between.
  • If you are adding condensed milk add it and give a nice boil.
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  • Switch off the flame.
  • Add sugar to the payasam.
  • Add elachi powder and mix well.
  • Roast the cashew nuts in ghee.
  • Add it to the payasam.
  • If adding saffron, soak it in 1 tblsp of warm milk and add it in the last.

Semiya payasam

  1. If you are adding condensed milk then reduce the quantity of sugar.
  2. Don’t cook vermicelli in water and add milk to that.
  3. Don’t boil the payasam after adding sugar to it.
  4. If you want raisins you can add it to the payasam in the end by frying it in the ghee.

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RAKS KITCHEN October 30, 2010 - 4:25 am

Kheer tasted great when you gave me when I visited for your noanbu 🙂 Wish I can have another bowl 😉 Pretty presentation!

Sharmilee! :) October 30, 2010 - 5:12 am

Nice presentation…looks very creamy n yummy…..Semiya payasam is my anytime fav!


Dr.Sameena Prathap
October 30, 2010 - 5:37 am

Hi Jeyashree,

The payasam looks yummy and inviting…You have a surprise in my blog!!:)

Happy Diwali to you!!



Susan and Abraham October 30, 2010 - 6:01 am

wow!!! i'd love this anyday

Rekha shoban October 30, 2010 - 6:07 am

payasam looks very thick and delicious…nice presentation and click jeya!

Pavithra Srihari October 30, 2010 - 7:09 am

Yummy Yummy Payasam .. my all time favourite … Love the click …

சிநேகிதி October 30, 2010 - 7:51 am

Nice presentation…

Akila October 30, 2010 - 8:14 am

my favorite one…. very lovely….

Prathibha October 30, 2010 - 8:27 am

Love that creamy white semiya payasam….easy and tasty one..:)

தக்குடுபாண்டி October 30, 2010 - 9:47 am

பாயாசம் பண்ணின கைக்கு 2 பவுன்ல வளையல் பண்ணி போடலாம்…:)

Shobana October 30, 2010 - 10:12 am

Nice payasam with nice traditional back display….very tempting one!!!! Wish I come to taste it!!!!

Sandhya Hariharan October 30, 2010 - 11:14 am

lovely… and wot a clarity in the pic…

is tat background from (omabad gajam) nine yards saree

admin October 30, 2010 - 1:06 pm

@thakkudu, wating for that.
@sandhya, yes it is the 9 yards saree.
@shobana,come over anytime, ready to serve u

aipi October 30, 2010 - 3:52 pm

Looks rich and creamy Jeyashri,I always love it,hot in the afternoons cold in the night 😀 ..pics are beautiful!

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Pavithra October 30, 2010 - 4:25 pm

Looks so delicious and I love this always and pictures are perfect ..beautiful Jeyashri.

Home Cooked Oriya Food October 31, 2010 - 12:15 am

looks so yum… always a treat!

Padhu October 31, 2010 - 9:25 am

Looks very nice and creamy

Priya October 31, 2010 - 5:09 pm

Very creamy and rich payasam..yumm..

Sushma Mallya October 31, 2010 - 5:31 pm

one of my fav,it looks very nice and nicely presented..

Suhaina November 1, 2010 - 10:01 am

my son's fav..nice clicks too. i am drooling here.

PriyaVaasu November 1, 2010 - 1:23 pm

All time fav and an easy to make kheer!!!! looks great!!!

Sarah Naveen November 1, 2010 - 2:39 pm

oh my!!! this looks so perfect and mouthwatering…drool drool!!

Rachana November 1, 2010 - 10:43 pm

Semiya payasam looks so creamy and rich and yumm….

vidhas November 2, 2010 - 8:31 am

I love this payasam, Lovley presentation ,inviting pictures.

Nithya November 2, 2010 - 12:51 pm

Semiya payasam is always my favorite. I always ask my mom to make it for all possible occasions 🙂 your version looks super good. Awesome pics 🙂

kothiyavunu.com November 4, 2010 - 6:11 pm

Delicious payasam jeyashri!! Wish u & ur family happy Diwali!!

Mano Saminathan November 8, 2010 - 7:23 am

Semiya payasam looks great and delicious!

Shanthi November 10, 2010 - 9:13 am

Lovely presentation. Would like to grab the full bowl


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