Semiya Payasam / Vermicelli Kheer/ Dessert

Ganesh Chaturthi | Vinayakar Chaturthi 4th day Prasadam. 

Semiya/Vermicelli/thin noodles are popular in many parts of India. This noodle is prominently used for breakfast menu like Semiya Upma and also as sweet dish like kheer or a sweet dessert similar to rice pudding.

In the language of Tamil “Prasadam” means an edible food that is first offered to a God / deity and then distributed in his/her name to followers/others as good sign. 

First day ->  Fried Modak 
Second day -> Vella Kozhakattai / Ukadiche Modak
Third Day -> Thill /Ellu Kozhakattai
Fourth Day is Semiya Payasam / Vermicelli Kheer


  • Semiya /vermicelli  Roasted - 1/2 cup
  • Milk - 2 cups
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup
  • Ghee(clarified butter) / Butter - 1 tbsp
  • Elaichi /Cardamom Powder - 2 tsp
  • Cashew Nuts - 8 to 10 nos
  • Raisin - 1 tbsp

Time Required: 15 mins


Step 01) Heat a pan add 2 tsp ghee and roast the cashews and raisins and transfer them in to a  plate

Step 02) In the same pan dry roast the semiya till golden brown.  I used the ready to use dry roasted semiya / vermicelli, which you will get it in Indian Grocery store

Step 03) To save the time, in microwave bowl add semiya and 1/2 cup of water and cook it for 4 mins.

Step 04) In a pan add milk, allow it to boil till the milk turns creamy and becomes thick. Add cooked semiya, cardamom powder and cook it for 2 to 3 mins. ( If you skip the 3rd step, keep stirring it continuously with milk so that vermicelli doesn't burn and stick to the pan)

Step 05) Switch off the flame then add sugar,cashew nuts and raisins and mix it well.

Prasadam is ready to offer for lord Ganesh :)

You can serve warm kheer with puris(Indian flat bread). Otherwise, serve chilled like dessert.

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