Festival Recipes, Kheers / Payasam

Semiya Payasam ~ Vermicilli Kheer …and Varamahalakshmi Pooja

Today is Varamahalakshmi Pooja – the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi is worshipped for granting health, wealth, prosperity for the family. (Vara = boon) .. We don’t follow the vratham in our house, but I definitely do the pooja and present the naivedyam to Goddess Lakshmi. For those interested on the Varamahalakshmi Pooja procedures, do check out thislink. Semiya Payasam (Sevai / Vermicilli Kheer) was the naivedyam to the Goddess and I pray for the prosperity of all my friends and relatives across the globe including you readers and fellow bloggers . May Goddess shower you with all best wishes this day and the year through.


Coming to today’s post , its really a simple recipe which can be put together in under 20 mins. Its a staple in most South Indian meals, and tastes best when you use Pre-Roasted Vermicilli.


Prep time : 10 mins. Cooking time : 10 mins.


  • Roasted Vermicilli / Plain Vermicilli – 1 cup
  • Boiled Milk – 1.5 cups
  • Sugar – 3/4 cup (adjust according to taste)
  • Saffron – few strands
  • Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Ghee – 1 TBSP (split use)
  • Garnish – cashew and raisins


1) Roast vermicilli in 1/2 TBSP ghee till fragrant. Even if using pre-roasted vermicilli, roast till fragrant.

2) Add the milk and approx 1/2 cup water to this roasted vermicilli. Cover and cook till done fully (approx 10-12 mins). Cool

3) Meanwhile, dissolve sugar in just enough water to cover it, and boil on medium flame to get 1 sting consistency. Cool well. It is important to let both the syrup and milk mixture cool to room temperature, else the milk will curdle with the hot syrup and you will end up with a curd-like consistency.

4) Switch off the stove. Add the syrup to the milk+vermicilli mixture and mix well. Add cardamom powder and stir. you may add 1/4 drop vanilla essence too, if you wish.

5) Fry cashew and raisins in remaining 1/2 TBSP of ghee till golden brown. Add to the payasam.

6) Mix well and serve this yummy kheer to guests or offer as naivedyam.

You may also chill this if serving as post dinner / lunch dessert at home.




  1. Happy Varalakshmi poojai to you kalyani… I am doing mine next week and have been doing some trial runs of some sweets 🙂 Cheers, priya
    And the payasam looks SUPER YUM 🙂

  2. happy varamahalakshmi Kalyani and the sweet looks absolutely fab 🙂

  3. Lifewithspices

    perfect kheer for the goddess..n for us too

  4. Delicious payasam,perfect for nevediyum…

  5. Priya Suresh

    Prefect neivedyam, looks delicious.

  6. looks so delicious..

  7. Delicious kheer.. perfect for pooja celebration..

  8. KrithisKitchen

    Lovely neivedyam!

  9. Sangeetha M

    vermicelli payasam looks so delicious n perfect…nice pictures..

  10. Perfect Neivedyam.

  11. love this one..

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