Quick Semiya Payasam/ Vermicelli Kheer

When I got an email from Sarah regarding the link-in party for Eid, I was all game for it. Sharing with you a little slide regarding the Sunnah of Eid before going ahead with the recipe:


I have already shared a few of our normal Eid recipes last year – Ela Ada and Chicken Cutlets for breakfast along with a hot cup of chai, followed by biriyani for lunch, polished off with some Paal Pizhinjathu. Close to Asr prayers, in order to settle down the heaviness, we even go for a serving of Mint Sulaimani.


Every year, as it is, we have a defined set of relatives who are always there for lunch. Sometimes, we have guests out of the blue moon, who decide to come in during their rounds. For our unexpected guest, we always have stock of some semiya payasam with us. Just like how in the other states, they prefer Sheer Kurma, in Kerala, it has to be semiya payasam. They are distant cousins – the only difference being the type of vermicelli used and little on the methodology, nothing else… It is not necessary that it needs to be Eid to make this payasam, can be done whenever a sweet craving hits! I have put up the recipe to do it the quicker way – using a pressure cooker, like umma does. That is why I have aptly named it as “Quick Semiya Payasam”! InShaAllah, in the future, I will post the traditional way of making it… let’s have a look at making this payasam really quickly!


Linking this post to Eid Eats being hosted by Flour & Spices and Chocolate & Chillies


Quick Semiya Payasam/ Vermicelli Kheer

Course Kheer
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 1/2 tsp ghee
  • 1/2 cup vermicelli
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp ghee
  • 6 cashews
  • 6 raisins


  • In a pressure cooker, heat ghee. Add the vermicelli and saute for 5 minutes on low flame, just to roast it. Ensure not to change its color.
  • Now add the remaining ingredients, give a nice mix.
  • Close the lid and cook for one whistle and then lower the flame. Cook for another 5 minutes and switch off. Allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Meanwhile, heat ghee and fry the cashews. Puff the raisins and keep ready.
  • Open the lid, mix well, adjust the sugar if required. Add the garnish and stir again. Serve warm!


Use a big pressure cooker since you are using milk and when it whistles, it may splutter all over the place.
This is a very basic version! Instead of sugar, you can replace with condensed milk or add some cream at the end for more richness. You can add some crushed saffron for an exquisite flavor. The options are endless....

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  1. Semiya payasam looks so good though its ages since I made it. Now my mind is scanning the pantry for some vermicelli πŸ™‚ ..craving has started off.

    1. This is one payasam we like to ignore! πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Meena…

  2. Easy n quick one.Eid wishes to u dear.

    1. Thank you so much Babitha…

  3. Creamy and tasty dessert……. Super yumm!!

    1. Thank you so much Sony…

  4. Delicious payasam and easy recipe.. same here.. guests varumbol….njaanum vaikkarundu….

    1. Thank you so much Preetha chechi…

  5. when my hubby's friend was in Mombasa, his mum would always have semiya at her place during Ramadhan. Miss it. Love your photos, brought back fond memories.

    1. Thank you so Mayuri… ur comments made my day!

  6. Eid Mubarak! Kheer sounds so simple and delicious…perfect for the occasion!

    1. Thank you so much Sangeetha…

  7. An early Eid Mubarak to you! This looks SO SO good. Thank you for sharing it with us πŸ™‚ Also I love that you shared that slide!

    1. Thank you so much Sarah… πŸ™‚

  8. Perfect for Eid. And Eid Mubarak.

    1. Thank you so much Linsy…

  9. Eid Mubarak!!!thanks for sharing the beautiful sunnah of Prophets Mohammed (saw),your sewiyan looks delicious!!!

    1. Thank you so much Madiha…

  10. Semiya payasam in cooker, that sounds easy n quick. Have never tried the cooker version for vermicelli..got to try this.

    1. Thank you so much dears…

  11. Eid mubarak dear! One of my favourite, payasam looks tempting!

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  12. These two cups are inviting me to taste it. Tasty super easy version of semiya payasam.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  13. As-Salaamu Alaykum,
    your payasam looks delicious! Have a blessed Eid.

    1. Waalaikumussalam warahmatullah Umm Hamza… thank you for coming by…

  14. Delicious Payasam:-) Eid mubarak

    1. Thank you so much Vandana… πŸ™‚

  15. This is what we use to have on every eid in early morning as breakfast after eid prayers. Your payasam looks great. You've got lovely shots of eid sweetness. Happy Eid in advance. πŸ™‚ xx

    1. Thank you so much Sadaf… πŸ™‚

  16. real yummy ! my all time favourite ! Happy Eid !

    1. Thank you so much Reni…

  17. So creamy and delicious! Happy Eid to you and family…

    1. Thank you so much dear…

  18. delicious and creamy kheer. Eid Mubarak to you Rafee and your family

    1. Thank you so much Veena…

  19. Creamy and tasty dessert…. yummy

    1. Thank you so much Smitha…

  20. I love semiya payasam and its been ages since i made them… Seeing this post I am sure making it tomorrow πŸ™‚

    1. Hope you made it and enjoyed! πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Rekha…

  21. wow simple and yummy

    1. Thank you so much Ruxana…

  22. This looks very similar to Sheer Khorma which we make every Eid ul Fitr…it's a dessert we all love! Your Payasam looks wonderful…a great treat to have on Eid! Thank you for participating in Eid Eats…Eid Mubarak!

    1. Yes, quite similar… thank you so much Asiya, TakabalAllah minna waminkum…

  23. Oh my goodness! I was just pinning all the Eid Eats recipes onto a board for everyones convenience when I realized you had made this yummy dessert our very first year and put it in two glasses just like I have for my posts pictures lol. I swear I wasn’t trying to copy you – really look forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve for this Eid! And I totally promise not to copy anything about it next year!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… I guess that is a natural style when you start blogging… hehe… InShaAllah, the post will be up soon for this year’s event… thanks a lot Sarah…

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