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Semiya Payasam | Happy Vishu !

Here is a very common Semiya Payasam recipe from Kerala.This is in fact my Vishu Special treat for you.Talking about this usual payasam,there are many ways of making it.But it’s quite tricky to get a ‘normal’ consistency minus overcooked vermicelli often.The recipe may seem elaborate,with semiya cooked seperate and all.But the result will make you happy.Enjoy with a glass of semi-hot semiya payasam on this Vishu !


100 gm semiya /vermicelli,un-roasted
2 ltr whole milk
2 ltr water
150 gm sugar
2-3 tbsp ghee (may increase the level as well)
handful of cashews & raisins
1 tsp cardamom powder


Heat 2 tbsp ghee in an Uruli or deep bottomed vessel and roast the vermicelli in low flame.Roast till the vermicelli change it’s color to light red.Meanwhile heat 1 liter water in another vessel.Once boiled,reduce the heat and drop the roasted vermicelli to this.Cook the vermicelli in medium heat and drain.Be careful not to overcook the semiya/vermicelli.Bring 2 liters of milk and one liter water to the uruli or thick bottomed vessel and boil.Stir the milk in between to avoid forming lumps over.Once boiled reduce the flame to medium and cook for 8-10 minutes till the volume reduces to 3/4.Now add sugar and mix well.When it start boiling again add the cooked vermicelli and mix well.Cook for another 8-10 minutes till the payasam comes to medium consistency.In between this process sprinkle the cardamom powder and check the taste.Switch off and heat 1 tbsp ghee in a small pan to roast the cashews and raisins.Pour this along with ghee to payasam and keep it for a while till all the flavors are well – blended.Serve with pappadam !

*By cooking semiya separate,the consistency of the payasam will not change and semiya will remain intact,not mushy.

Wish all my readers and friends a very Happy Vishu…
May your world be filled with peace and prosperity….!

17 comments on “Semiya Payasam | Happy Vishu !

  1. Julie
    April 13, 2013

    Wishing you & family a very Happy Vishu 🙂
    Yummy delightful payasam,looks delicious !!


  2. Kaveri Venkatesh
    April 13, 2013

    Delicious Payasam! I too cook the semiya separately and add.
    Wishing you and your family a very Happy Vishu, Dhythi


  3. Gauri
    April 13, 2013

    Wish you and your Family a Very Happy Vishu!
    I would love to have a big bowl of this, I love the last pic.. so bright and beautiful!


  4. Priya Suresh
    April 13, 2013

    Happy vishu wishes to you and your family dear..

    Such a rich,creamy and delightful payasam..Inviting.


  5. Chitz
    April 13, 2013

    Wish u too a happy Vishu dear 🙂 Me too preparing semiya payasam for Vishu 🙂


  6. Rani Acharyulu
    April 14, 2013

    Delicious yummy rich Payasam.Wish you happy Vishu to you and your family.


  7. Rafeeda AR
    April 14, 2013

    yummy semiya payasam… as usual, beautiful clicks!!! 🙂


  8. anilkurup
    April 14, 2013

    Hi, here is the novel way my mom cooks semia payasam . It is done in a pressure cooker after roasting the vermicelli in ghee. Milk is added to the vermicelli and the required sugar too. The cooker is left on the oven without the stopper. And once the steam comes out as the sign of boiling ingredients inside, the flame is reduced to low and left for seven minutes.
    Past the seven minutes you have the paysam with the tinge of colour as if it was mixed with saffron. Dried grapes and cashew, roasted in ghee and along with cloves are dropped into the payasam and left for another few minutes to simmer.
    The taste you get here I have noticed is something like “Ambalapuzha palpayasam”.
    Happy Vishu.


  9. Mélange
    April 14, 2013

    Thanks Anil,for the patience to write.I use the same method for my “ambalappuzha palpayasam” which have that unique pink color (with rice).Semiya,as I written there,comes with a tendency to be mushy resulting in a thick payasam..Anyhow,I will try this soon to see the result.

    Hope you had a wonderful Vishu !


  10. Shruti Dhingra Wahi
    April 15, 2013

    This looks yummy ……My favourite. I love it chilled 🙂
    Mango Milkshake


  11. PT
    April 15, 2013

    i like semiya payasam more than any other variety.. nice clicks..


  12. divya
    April 15, 2013

    I am drooling!!! looks great…


  13. Hema
    April 15, 2013

    Delicious payasam..


  14. Saraswathi Tharagaram
    April 15, 2013

    Pudding looks delicious and tasty.


  15. Reshmi Mahesh
    April 16, 2013

    Payasam looks yummy…Hope you had a wonderful Vishu…


  16. Nilu A
    April 17, 2013

    Looks so inviting and delicious dear 🙂


  17. Nasreen Basu
    December 21, 2013

    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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This entry was posted on April 13, 2013 by in Dessert, kerala food, payasam, Sadya (സദ്യ), Sweets.


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