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Semiya Payasam

Semiya Payasam

An Indian milk based sweet with added goodness of semiya and nuts roasted in ghee, milk sweetened with sugar and cardamom powder.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Keyword: desserts
Author: Aayushi Patel


  • 3 Cups Whole Milk Milk full fat
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee
  • 2 Tbsp Cashews
  • 2 Tbsp Almonds you can even use raisins
  • 1/4 Cup Vermiceli
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar (Add more Sugar as per your taste)
  • 1/4 Tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Saffron (dissolved in 1 TBSP milk) Optional, I don't add it


  • Heat the ghee in a pan. Add cashews and almonds. Toast them for a few seconds and keep them aside.
  • Next in the same pan Toast the vermiceli until it turns golden. Keep it aside.
  • Now in a heavy bottom pot, add milk. Start to boil the milk. Once the milk reduces to about 3/4th quantity stirring it continuously. So the milk doesn't stick to the pot.
  • Now add in the sugar, cardamom powder, vermiceli and toasted nuts. Mix well.
  • Lastly, if you wish to add saffron, add it now. Mix everything well.
  • Serve hot or chilled garnished with rose petals, almonds, cashews, raisins. You can use any of these toppings. Enjoy!
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