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Semiya Payasam (Vermicelli Kheer)

A popular South Indian dessert dish for any festival and special occasion.
Semiya Payasam / Vermicelli Kheer

Semiya Payasam (or Vermicelli Payasam or Vermicelli Kheer) is a very popular and traditional South Indian dessert made during special occasions, festivals like Diwali, Navratri, Tamil New Year and South Indian weddings. One of the easiest payasam to make, this is made with roasted vermicelli (semiya), milk & sugar garnished with cashew nuts and raisins.

Semiya Payasam / Vermicelli Kheer


Semiya Payasam / Vermicelli Kheer
5 from 2 votes

Semiya Payasam Recipe

A popular South Indian dessert dish for any festival and special occasion.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: South Indian
Keyword: kheer, payasam, vermicelli

Ingredients for Semiya Payasam

  • 250 g Semiya (Vermicelli)
  • 1 1/2 litres Milk
  • 250 g Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • handful Cashew Nuts chopped
  • handful Raisins
  • little Cardamom Powder


  • few Green Grapes

How to make Semiya Payasam

  • Heat a little ghee in a pan over medium flame.
  • Add the vermicelli and stir-fry until light golden brown.
  • Pour the milk and mix well.
  • Reduce flame and simmer until the vermicelli is cooked and soft.
  • Add sugar and stir until sugar has fully dissolved.
  • When the payasam starts to thicken, switch off the flame.
  • Fry the cashew nuts and raisins in the remaining ghee.
  • Add to the kheer along with cardamom powder.
  • Stir gently and remove.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature or chilled.


If the payasam has thickened, add a little milk and warm it up a little. Stir well and serve.
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar founded Awesome Cuisine, a platform created in 2008 to showcase India's vibrant culinary heritage. A digital marketer by profession and a passionate food lover, Praveen has been exploring the world of food since his school days. With Awesome Cuisine, he combines his expertise in digital marketing with his deep love for food, sharing delicious recipes and inspiring others to appreciate the joy of cooking. Through Awesome Cuisine, he invites you to join him on a flavorful journey and discover the wonders of Indian cuisine.

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