Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Recipe: Semiya Payasam

We will start with a delicious sweet once again. Though most of us are familiar with semiya payasam, I have found that the payasam just doesn’t taste as good. My beautiful and talented niece says, “Athai’s payasam tastes just like ice cream.” Our sons say, “ammas special payasam, nobody else makes it as delicious and lip smacking.” Enough about self glorification. Let’s go straight to the recipe.


Semiya (Vermicelli) : ¾ cup
Full cream Milk: 1 litre
Sugar: ¾ cup
Ghee: 2 tbsp.
Cashew nuts: 8 nos.
Raisins: 1 tbsp.
Cardamom powder: 1 tsp.


Heat 1 tbsp. of gheee in a wide mouthed, thick bottomed pan. Break the cashew nuts into small pieces and fry them in the ghee to a golden color, remove. Add the raisins fry them until they are fluffy, remove. Add the remaining ghee and fry the vermicelli to a golden brown. Add ½ litre of milk and boil, stir occasionally so that the milk doesn’t get burnt nor boil over. When the vermicelli has absorbed all the milk, add some more milk and allow the vermicelli to cook well. It will take approximately 20 minutes. When the vermicelli is cooked (it should be mushy in consistency), add the sugar and remaining milk. Boil for some more time until the payasam is thickened. Remove from the stove and add the cardamom powder. Garnish with fried cashew nuts and raisins.Yummy and delicious semiya payasam is ready. The whole process of preparing takes about 30 minutes. When you have unexpected guests and you want to serve them a delicacy, this IS THE DISH.



Asha said...

After all that praise from the kids, I believe you!:))
Looks yummily delicious.

Latha said...

the semiya is cooked in milk (we cook it in water and then add milk!)... must be definitely like ice-cream:)

Sreelatha said...

thnks for the receipe. naanum romba naala semiya payasam pannanum pathen. inaiku enaku ore inspiration. your other post about sumangali prathanai reminded me of my wedding. I see that you live in bangalore. we are currently in London and will be mvng to bangalore in april. i want a favour from you. Iam looking for carnatic music classes. if you know anyone good please email me my email id is or drop a comment on my blog. thank you and sorry for the trouble.

Latha said...

hello maami, i made 'ice-cream' payasam today...exactly following all measurements given by you and it's super delicious. Not too sweet or less sweet.. i always think payasam shd have the right amount of sugar to be able to enjoy:) I used brown colour thin semiya (fried variety) that seems to be a north-indian speciality and so used 1 cup. With full cream milk and slow patient cooking it's fantastic:)

Ammupatti said...

Hi latha


I am glad you were able to get good results. Enjoy!

Happy cooking!

Bhargavi said...

Hi Ammu patti
i am unaware of this measurement ratios
can u pls help me with me measurements kike 1 tumbler,1 spoon (called as karandi) used for sambhar.atleast give me the equivalents

Ammupatti said...

Hi Bhargavi

I dont know where you live, in India or abroad. The measurement cups are available in all shops. However, the standard coffee tumbler can be taken as one cup measurement. The sambhar karandi comes in different sizes. You can use any cup and accordingly take the other ingredients using the same cup as standard measurement.

Happy cooking!

Anonymous said...

Dear ammupatti,

I followed your recipe for Payasam to the "T". Usually, I do ask my mom to make it, and I was pleasantly surprised that she really liked it. She is the payasam queen. My son, too told me "Amma this is the best payasam ever". What more, does a mom want to hear. Thank you so much.


Ammupatti said...

Hi Sarita

I am glad that all the three generations liked the payasam.

Happy cooking!

Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Ammupatti,
I made your payasam, it was delicious. Thanks for sharing the payasam just the way my Amma does......


Ammupatti said...

Hi Rajani

I am glad your payasam came out well, that too on Vinayaka Chaturthi, before we all had offered.

All the best

Smitha Joseph said...

Hello Ammupatti,

Tried your recipe for semiya payasam for Onam and it came out yummy! My husband and son has asked me to make it again today :)
Thanks for the recipe.


Sujie said...


Thanks for posting this great recipe. I have tried semiya payasam so many times before but got it right and this time it was perfect. Keep up the great work!!. The best thing about your recipes are you tell us how to check the consistency, and at what stage you add - so it is all step by step which is excellent..i never found a better recipe online ..thanks :)

Sandi said...

Hi Ammu patti,

This recipe is excellent!I have made semiya payasam couple of times before, but has never been so good. Thanks once again!
Keep posting such great recipes.

Anonymous said...

What is the serving size? Thx! Looks delicious :)

Payal said...

I am a big fan of payassam.I am a Gujju and I relish this dish. I tried your recipe and wow! it was amazing...I ate three bowls of it.
Thanks ...I ahd no idea it could be so simple.

Ammupatti said...

Hi Payal

I am glad you liked the payasam recipe.

Best wishes

ramya said...

hi ammupatti!
Ammupatti's semiya is such a hit with my friends here in germany:) ive been asked to make it over an over again...
the paayasam is really all the cooking i know!
i need more recipes:):)
thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ammupatti,

Can you please convert for me to grams the 3/4 cup semiya and sugar?

Any difference in the measurements or taste if using white or brown sugar?


Ammupatti said...

Hi anonymous

It is actually very simple to follow the cup measurement, like you dont have to actually weigh the ingredients. You can use any cup as the basic measurement and use the other ingredients accordingly.

It wont make any difference if you use brown or white sugar.

Best wishes

Sindhu said...

tried it, came out yum-yum.

Ammupatti said...

Hi Sindhu

I am glad that your payasam turned out yummy.

Happy cooking!

Monika said...

Loving it.. It came out very tasty..

Nagarjun Y said...

awesome, I had been trying to make this payasam since couple of yrs but it never tasted this good. I just followed your recipe and it came out so delicious.
Kudos to your niece n kids, they are spot on in recognizing a gem of a chef :)

Ammupatti said...

Hi Nagarjun

Thanks for your comments. I shall convey your compliments to my neice.

I am glad that your payasam turned out very delicious.

Happy cooking!

Anonymous said...

hi u are doing a wonderful job .

Anu said...

hi ammupaati,

i made this paayasam today and it came out excellent.. it tasted like icecream.. its an wonderful recipe.. thanks

Hemasubbu said...

Hi Ammupatti,
Super sweet payasam.
Thanx for your delicious recipe.

Anonymous said...

Hi Patty
Its very yummy , i can't resist my stomach to having four fully cup of your sweet semiya payasam, can i know whether we use buffalo milk instead of cow milk?

Kumari ramani

Anonymous said...

tried this. it was delicious. thanks a ton.

Anonymous said...

This is my go to recipe for payasam.. it is the best!

Pavithra Moorthy said...

I never used to like semiya payasam, except when made by one of my appa's chithi, which used to be quite thick n creamy. I tried this twice and I started liking semiya payasam again. Thanks mami.