Scrumptious Semiya – The Sweet Edition

Not every Indian dessert involves hours of slaving with sweaty brows and achy arms to condense milk, measure ghee by the brimful cup, and scrub a pile of dishes in the sink. Take a crack at Meethi Semiya, an ideal breakfast sweet, that goes from kadhai to katori in a twinkling and appeases both – the stressed cooks and their sweet-toothed crew. An elegant confection for our Scrumptious Semiya – Sweet Edition..

Meethi Semiya
(Serves 4)

2 Tablespoons ghee

2 Tablespoons whole cashews, halved

2 Tablespoons raisins

1 Cup vermicelli

1¼ Cups boiling water

½ to 1 Cup sugar, depending on sweetness desired

¼ Teaspoon cardamom powder

A few saffron threads

Heat the ghee in a saucepan and fry the cashews until golden. Add in the raisins and after a few seconds, drain and keep the cashews and raisins aside. In the remaining ghee, add the vermicelli and fry, stirring continuously, until golden.

Add the boiling water to the pan and allow the vermicelli to cook. Once the noodles are tender, add the sugar, cardamom and saffron. Stir gently until the sugar is dissolved. Mix in the cashews and raisins and serve hot.


  • Out of vermicelli? Use thin angel hair pasta instead. Add more boiling water to the pot if needed.
  • The semiya will be fairly dry. Add a little more water while cooking if you would like a gooey consistency.
  • Use a flavorless oil instead of the ghee for a delicious vegan version.

Our Meethi Semiya are being shared with –

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20 Responses to Scrumptious Semiya – The Sweet Edition

  1. Semiya Payasam looks very yum and the serving pot adds to it 🙂

  2. rita says:

    I am a very re-tired cook now retried one thanks to Tadka Pasta n these ‘quick draw MacDraw'(quick as lightning ) recipes. Thanks for deleting all those arm aching anxious/impatient stirring moments. Sweet dishes suddenly taste sweeter n quicker.

  3. yum ! yum ! my fav kheer

  4. Sounds new to me but the looks of it is giving me a feeling to try and see if it will work fine with us.

  5. Alea Milham says:

    Oh my, this looks so good and filling! I love how the ingredients balance each other out – I could really go for a bowl right now! Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  6. aipi says:

    Oh goodness that does look fab! Cute little serving pots!

  7. Ramya says:

    looks absolutely delicious and nice cute pot

  8. Oh this sounds delicious with the cashews, raisins and spices! Thank you for sharing this wonderful post with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  9. yum yum!! Simple yet a very tasty payasam

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