Semiya/Vermicelli payasam is one of the most simple and delicious payasam that one can whip up in no time.A staple dessert when sudden guests stop by for lunch/dinner or to celebrate a joyous occasion in the family,a big batch of semiya payasam fits the bill perfectly.I learnt to make it while in school and still remember the feeling of satisfaction when I tasted the first spoon.It really is that simple,a totally foolproof recipe.
I usually make it with very less ingredients.So wanted to try this slightly different method by DK.It is a very similar recipe but uses condensed milk in place of sugar.As it is,the payasam becomes thicker as it sits,but the inclusion of milkmaid makes it creamier and rich in taste.I like my payasam sweet,very sweet,so I added some extra sugar as well:)
Recipe source - DK
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Cashewnuts/Badam - 2 tbsp,chopped
Roasted Semiya/Vermicelli - 1/2 cup
Warm milk - 2 1/2 cups
Milkmaid - 1/2 cup*
Crushed cardamom - 2-3
Saffron strands - a pinch,soaked in 1 tbsp warm milk
In a deep pan add ghee and roast the nuts till golden brown.Remove and keep aside.In the same pan,roast the vermicelli till it slightly changes in colour.
Now mix in the boiled and warm milk and stir well.Let it come to a boil.
At this stage add the nuts along with the milk and let it cook or else you could add it during the last stage.
Cover and cook for 7-10 minutes or till the semiya is cooked.
Mix in the milkmaid and stir well.Add the crushed cardamom and keep stirring.
Mix in the saffron soaked in warm milk.
Cook for a further 2-3 minutes and then switch off the flame.
Garnish with saffron strands and serve warm.
- I added an extra 1/4 cup sugar as I like the payasam real sweet.You could do a taste test before serving and add sugar accordingly(or not add any at all!)
- I add cardamom as a whole,crushed a little.I feel this adds more flavour to the finished dish.Yo can remove the peels of cardamom before serving.Or if you prefer,add crushed cardamom seeds alone.
- Adding the nuts while the semiya is cooking makes the nuts soft and delicious.However,if you like some crunch in the nuts,add half in the payasam while cooking and the other half as garnish.