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Semiya Payasam / Kheer / Vermicelli-Milk Pudding

VegCookBook by Praveena
Delicious Indian Dessert suitable for festivals, parties or gathering. Budget friendly, economical & crowd pleasing.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings


  • Sauce Pan / Vessel (for stove-top method)


  • 1 cup Vermicelli
  • ¾ cup Sugar / Jaggery
  • 3 cups Milk
  • 10 count Raisins / Kishmish
  • 10 count Cashew nuts
  • 10 count Almonds
  • 3 tablespoons Ghee (or unsalted butter)
  • 4 pods Cardamom
  • 7 to 8 strands Saffron / Kesar / Kumkumapuvvu
  • 1 cup Water (hot water preferably)



  • First, chop the nuts you prefer to add. Powder the cardamom pods.
    Get the water boiled and put aside.


  • Put a thick bottomed pan / vessel on stove under a medium flame.
    Add one tablespoon of ghee / butter and add all the dry fruits & nuts.
    Fry them until they turn light brown in colour.
    Take them aside into a separate plate.
  • In the same pan add the semiya/vermicelli.Saute till they turn light brown.
    Now, add the boiled hot water into the semiya / vermicelli and close the vessel with lid.
  • Let the water be completely absorbed by the semiya/ vermicelli so that it would soften. This might take 3-4 mins.
    Open the lid and check if the water is fully absorbed, then give a mix.
  • Now add only 2 cups of milk and let it boil along with the semiya/ vermicelli.
    Once the milk is half boiled add the saffron strands and the powdered cardamom.
  • Wait till the milk is completely boiled and check if the vermicelli is cooked perfectly or not.
    At this stage, add the sugar and remaining 2 tablespoons of ghee/butter.
  • Gently mix the whole content from bottom and let the vessel be on stove until the sugar is melted completely. This might take 2-3 mins.
    At this stage, remove the vessel from stove top and put aside.
  • Now, boil the rest of the milk and pour it into the semiya/vermicelli vessel. 
    Add the dry fruits & nuts and serve. Done!!


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Keyword semiya payasam recipe, south indian style kheer recipe