semiya payasam recipe (vermicelli kheer)

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Today is Durgashtami, which marks the victory of the goddess Durga over the demon  Mahishasura. Victory of good over the evil. Kanaka Durga temple in Vijayawada is the famous and the largest temple in Andhra pradesh.  As a kid i have visited this temple in numerous number of times. It is located near the Krishna river adjacent to the Prakasm Barrage. It has a beautifull view and i have a lot of good memories  associated with this temple.
Today i made Semiya Payasam as neivedyam.
  • Vermicelli/Semiya – 1cup
  • Sugar – 3/4th cup
  • Milk- 6 cups ( adjust acc to how much milk you like)
  • Cardamom- 3 pods crushed
  • Some cashew and almonds
  • Ghee –  2 tsp
  • Pista and slivered almonds for garnish (optional)

In a pan add a tsp of ghee and fry the vermicelli till light brown. Remove.

In the same pan add one tsp of ghee add fry the cashew and almonds till light brown. Remove.

Now put 6 cups of milk and bring it to boil. Then add the vermicelli and slowly cook till the vermicelli is completely done. About ten minutes.

Now add the sugar, cardamom powder and fried nuts. Mix till the sugar is completely incorporated.
Cook for another five minutes. Turn off the heat.

Garnish with pista and slivered almonds. Serve as Neivedyam to the goddess!


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