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Semiya payasam

No south Indian festival is complete without the presence of the mouth-watering Semiya Payasam. This tasty dessert can be made quite easily and quickly.


  • 3/4 cup vermicelli
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp green cardamom powder
  • Few strands of saffron
  • 500 ml milk
  • 200 ml water
  • 2 tsp ghee
  • Cashew nuts and raisins


  • Fry the cashews and raisins in ghee till golden and keep it aside.
  • Add Vermicelli to a pan and roast on a low flame till it becomes light golden.
  • Add milk and water to the pan and maintain a low or medium flame till the vermicelli is fully cooked.
  • Add sugar and cardamom powder. Cook for 3 to 5 mins on a low flame for the semiya payasam to thicken.
  • Garnish with fried nuts and raisins.