How to make Semiya Payasam -

A delicious and quick sweet vermicelli dessert, Kerala style.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Vermicelli (वरमिसेली), Milk (दूध)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Desserts

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Semiya Payasam

Semiya Payasam Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Semiya Payasam Recipe

  • Vermicelli 1 cup

  • Milk 5 cups

  • Pure ghee 2 tablespoons

  • Cashewnuts 12

  • Sugar 3/4 cup

  • Saffron (kesar) a pinch

  • Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Nutmeg powder 1/4 teaspoon


Step 1

Heat ghee in a pan, add vermicelli and cashewnuts and fry till a pleasant aroma is released. Boil milk in a thick-bottomed pan, and add to the roasted vermicelli and cashewnuts.

Step 2

Mix well and simmer for five minutes. Add sugar and continue cooking, stirring continuously. Cook for three to four minutes or till it thickens to the right consistency. Sprinkle saffron, cardamom and nutmeg powder.

Step 3

Stir well and serve as desired - hot, warm or chilled.

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