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Semiya Payasam

Semiya or vermicelli payasam is simple and delicious dessert and is truly delectable.It has  very simple procedures like roasting the vermicelli in ghee till it slightly changes color and then slowly allowing to cook in milk and sugar till milk is reduced and it attains a slight creamy consistency.When ever its time for celebration or festival I make this payasam because it is the easiest and also my favorite.I made this for Vishu along with sweet boli and the combination was divine. Boli is very popular in southern Kerala and is served along with pal payasam or semiya payasam during Sadhya. For the boli recipe click here.


Semiya/Vermicelli- 3/4 cup
Whole milk- 4 cup
Condensed milk- 1/3 cup
Sugar- 1/2 cup
(adjust according to your taste)
Cashews and raisins- 1/4 cup
Cardamon powder-1/2 tsp
Ghee- 2 1/2 tsp

Heat two tsp of ghee in a pan and roast cashew nut till golden brown and raisins till they pop up and keep aside. In the same ghee roast semiya till golden brown. Allow this to cool a bit. Add warm milk and stir occasionally. Allow the semiya to cook completely before adding sugar and cardamom powder. When it starts thickening add condensed milk and simmer for a few more minutes. Garnish with ghee fried cashew nuts and raisins.

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Hope you will all enjoy


  1. hey suja,
    The semiya payasam looks rich and creamy!

  2. Tempting me to try it immediately dear. Yum...
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  3. Yummy yummy.. this is my quick and easy neivedyam recipe..

  4. yum de yum. could have the whole bowl all by myself. one of my favorites.

  5. The easiest and tatsiest payasam ..LOve love love it...

  6. Lovely and yummy,looks so delicious..thanks for sharing dear.

  7. Very tempting Suja..Nice presentation !!

  8. very delicious and kid friendly dish...nice pictures

  9. wow my fav dessert looks so nice...beautifully presented as well:)

  10. very lovely presentation of semiya payasam..looks delicious dear!

  11. My favourite..I too made it this week...

  12. Creamy yummy payasam, luv semiya payasam anyday :)

  13. Love the creamy delicious semiya fav wish i could have the whole bowl :)

  14. Samiya payasam in one of my most favorites among indian sweets. Love it :)

  15. Payasam & poli is the ultimate combo!

  16. Love semiya payasam. Beautiful clicks .

  17. Yummy....and creamy payasam...I too love it a lot..

  18. Looks very tempting and perfect.. thanks for sharing !!
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  19. Wow creamy and yummy dessert..what are those ?poli?

  20. Boliyum payasamvum oru kalyana sadya unduttu kalam kore aayai. adipoli.

  21. Looks so rich..drooling here..

  22. An evergreen Indian dessert ~ looks so creamy n yummy Suja !
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  23. Looks delicious .... lovely presentation.

  24. simply irresistible looking semiya payasam - Want to polish off the bowl!

  25. Fav of my favorites.Yummmmmy.

  26. Angane Vishu Thakarthu alle...Adipoli!!! yumm!!

  27. Suja, this payasam is my family's fav dessert.. I often make this, atleast twice in a month.. Superrrrr

  28. Looks rich and creamy yumm yummm...

  29. Delicious payasam...Eppol kurachu naalayi ethundakkittundu..Kandittu kothi varunnu..

  30. All time fav and everyone's fav payasam..looks delicious..nice clicks :)

  31. making it this weekend..looks delicious..;P
    Tasty Appetite

  32. Just the other day I was thinking of making payasam and you made it :)
    Good girl suja :) LOL!

  33. it when cond.milk is added

  34. nannayittundu..... aashamsakal......

  35. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments:)

  36. yummy..yumm...would love to try this today..
    Tasty Appetite

  37. Boli-de koode aa payasam vechirikkunna kandittu vayil vellam niranju..Adipoli!!

  38. very useful really good information thanks for posting such a good information it will hepls the people a lot keep it up , Regards,
    Semiya upma


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