How to make Semiya Payasam?

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What would tempt you to learn how to make semiya payasam, also known as vermicelli payasam or shavige payasa? Its fine taste and its ease of making are perhaps the two reasons.

Semiya payasam is a dish that is made on the day of most festivals, including Ugadi and Diwali, and functions. This traditional sweet does not require deep frying. What is more, as this dish contains semiya, which is made from wheat, cashew nuts and dry grapes, you also get the health benefits.

Another sweet note on how to make semiya payasam is that it needs only a few items.

As cooking the semiya payasam / vermicelli payasam is not complex, the steps to make this sweet are few. You can savor this food even if it is cold.

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Servings: 5 to 6


1. Semiya / shavige / vermicelli 1 cup
2. Milk 4-5 cups
3. Ghee / clarified butter 2 teaspoons
4. Sugar 1/2 a cup or to taste
5. Cashew nuts 2 tablespoons
6. Dry grapes / raisins 2 tablespoons
7. Cardamom / elaichi powder 1/8 teaspoon
8. Elaichi / cardamom / elakki powder 1/4 teaspoon
9. Water 1 cup

How to make Vermicelli Payasam?

1. Boil milk in a utensil. Keep aside.

It is better to boil the milk. Otherwise, when you add sugar to it, the milk may curdle.
2. Heat ghee in a thick-bottom utensil.

Add cashew nuts and dry grapes. Fry till the cashewnuts turn to golden brown.

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Remove the cashew nuts and grapes. Keep aside.
3. In the same utensil, fry semiya / shavige / vermicelli till it turns to golden brown.

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4. Add 2 cups of boiling milk and 1 cup of boiling water.

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Cook till the semiya becomes soft.

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5. Add the remaining milk and sugar. Boil for 3-5 minutes.

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6. Add the fried cashew nuts and grapes.

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Add cardamom powder.


Switch off the stove. Let the semiya absorb most of the milk.
7. Semiya payasam / vermicelli payasam / shavige payasa is ready.

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TIPS How to make Semiya Payasam?
1. You can cook the semiya entirely in milk, without adding water. Note, however, you may have to cook the semiya for more time, depending on the semiya.
2. To make the semiya payasam taste richer, add about 1/2 a cup of Milkmaid. Because it already contains sugar, use additional sugar only as required.