Payasam or Payesh is a well known dessert/sweet dish. It can be made for any occasion specially during festivals. Semai Payasam is made with Semolina Vermicelli, milk and dry fruits. It is extremely delicious and easy to cook and take less cooking time as compared to other versions of Kheer.
250 gms vermicelli (broken)
2 litrs milk
1 cup sugar
40 gms Raisins
50 gms Cashew nut
1 tsp. Ghee
2 Bay leaves
4 cardamom (Coarsely grounded)
1. Soak raisins in water for at least 2 hours.
2. In a pan add ghee. Now add broken vermicelli and roast until it become golden in colour. Take it out and keep aside.
3. Take a large pan or handi and add milk and boil it. Reduce the flame and add bay leaves. Stir the milk for 8 to 10 minutes so that the volume get reduced to 1/3. Now add 1/2 cup of sugar. Stir well to mix the sugar uniformly.
4. Add roasted vermicelli, soaked raisins and cashew nut. Stir continuously for 6 to 8 minutes. Now turnoff the flame and pour it in a serving bowl. Sprinkle cardamom powder and stir it with a spoon .
Decorated with cashew halves and the payasam is ready to serve.