Vermicelli kheer or semiya payasam (pudding) is a classic Indian dessert prepared with roasted vermicelli , milk and nuts. Normally I prepare sweet dishes only on special occasions or when I have guests or friends at home. The other day I had invited some of my daughter's friends home, so I had prepared this Vermicelli kheer for them and served it chilled. Needless to say, they enjoyed it very much. It is also one of my favourite kheer. It is creamy, delicious and also very easy to prepare. Today we will learn how to prepare semiya payasam following this easy recipe.
Heat 2 tsp of ghee in a pan and roast Vermicelli/semiya until light golden brown. Remove and keep it aside.
In the same pan, heat some more ghee and fry cashew nuts and raisins separately. Keep it aside.
Powder cardamom with a tsp of sugar and keep it ready.
Boil milk in a heavy bottomed pan, then add the roasted vermicelli to it and cook on medium heat until it becomes soft. Keep stirring it to prevent it from getting burnt. (I used 3.5% fat milk)
Then add sugar and stir until it dissolves.
Then add cardamom powder, cashew nuts and raisins.
Vermicelli kheer is ready to be served. It can be served hot or chilled according to individual preferences.
As it cools the kheer will become thick. You can add hot or cold milk to adjust the consistency of the kheer before serving.
Tips - To make the kheer more tastier, I powdered a little roasted cashew nuts coarsely and added to the kheer while adding the other cashew nuts. This is optional.
Use thick semiya/vermicelli for payasams. I used MTR vermicelli.
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