Payasam / Kheer

Semia Payasam (tamil) / Sevaiyan Kheer (Hindi) is a sweet dish made using milk and vermicelli (semia / sevaiyan).
A quick but a royal sweet dish to entertain sudden guests at home :-)

Preparation time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Serves : 3-4

Semia Payasam / Sevaiyan Kheer


1 cup vermicelli
1/2 litre milk
4-5 cardamoms/elaichi powdered
cashew nuts
saffron strands / kesar
2 tbsp ghee
1 cup sugar


  • Heat the ghee in a thick bottomed vessel.
  • First fry the cashewnuts in ghee until golden brown and keep aside.
  • In the same vessel,add the vermicelli and fry it in ghee until it turns crisp.
  • Now slowly add the milk and keep stirring the mixture.
  • The milk will slowly start boling and as you keep stirring will begin to get thicker.
  • Donot let the milk to get very thick. 
  • Turn off the flame,add the sugar,cardamom powder,saffron and fried cashews to the kheer.
  • You can also add almonds and raisins to the kheer if you desire.
  • Serve hot or cold.
  • Incase the kheer/payasam feels too thick,you can add a little boiled milk and dilute it.

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