Aug 28, 2012

Semiya and Sago Payasam...a sweet pudding with Vermicelli and Tapioca Pearls!

Today is Thiruvonam ... Wishing all my lovely readers, friends and family a Very Happy ONAM.
I'm going to share a really sweet and simple payasam , which is commonly made in my house. My son loves this and can eat it for all 3 meals (which I don't allow him to ofcourse) !!

Semiya payasam can be had warm or cold and the prepartion cannot go wrong. I have added little Sago / Tapioca pearls to thicken the consistency of the payasam. Enjoy and have a wonderful time!

The recipe here makes a pretty decent amount to serve 3-4 people. Double it for more! :-)
Semiya and Sago Payasam Recipe
You'll need
Vermicelli - 1 cup
Sago / sabhudhana / tapioca pearls - 1/4 cup
Whole Milk - 3 cups
Sugar - 3/4 cup to 1 cup (as per sugar preference)
Cardamom (elachi) powder - 1 tsp (powder from around 3-4 cardamom pods)
Saffron - a pinch (optional)
Ghee - 2 tblsp
Cashews (halved) - 1 tblsp
Raisins - 1 tblsp

Directions1. Soak the tapioca pearls/sago in water for 30mins to 1 hour.
2. Heat the ghee and fry the cashews and rainsins and keep aside.
3. Use the remaining ghee to roast the vermicelli until it turns golden brown .
4. Add the milk, soaked sago, sugar, cardamom powder and saffron strands.
5. Keep stirring and let it come to a boil , also make sure the vermicelli is cooked through and the sago/tapioca perals looks translucent.
6. Finally add the Cashews and Raisins and turn off the heat. Serve it warm or chilled!

1. If the payasam becomes too thick (which it will become once it cools), add more milk or water according to your preference.
This Onam is even more special as I get to make Appu actually eat his first Onam sadhya. Let's see which dishes he actually eats ;-)

So whats your plan this Onam? a full fledged sadhya? :-)



  1. wow... yummy payasam... my favorite one... Happy Onam to U n Ur family...

  2. wow really lovely payasam, want to try some and great clicks.. Btw love your new header and the little munchkin... and the background yellow.

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    1. Thank you so much Priya. Really happy to know you liked the new designs in the blog :-)

  3. nice combination.. even i prepared payasam today :)

  4. wow delicious payasama,my fav...

  5. Yummy delicious payasam..lovely!!

    1. Thank u so much Julie...loved your sadhya pic on facebook.

  6. Simply love this pudding,wont mind having some anytime.

  7. A great combination of Sago and Semiyan. Special compliments for the clicks.. Too good.

  8. Manju, this looks delicious and i love your presentation. i make this too but i don't add tapioca pearls...i will try that next time ;)

  9. Always a hit... Love this to the core. Happy to follow u. Do visit me when u find time

  10. 1st time here! loved ur recipe collection! :) Following you now. Do have a look at my page too :)

  11. Hi manju.. you can answer 11 things about yourself... now i think you won't be confused :)

  12. What a lovely dessert. We use sago in a sweet dessert as well and I was just telling my mother recently I wanted post it on the blog. :) Wow..that pinch of saffron... simply beautiful. :)

    PS... Sorry I have missed your blog recently. After Foodbuzz closed down I'm trying to find all my old favorite blogs. I have signed up for emails from your blog so I will be notified the next time you post. :) Hope you're having a wonderful day! ~ Ramona :)

  13. I'm quite fond of Payasam so this will be something I need to make soon!

  14. yummy!!! I cooked only vermicelli pudding, but never with tapioca pearl. i must try it.

  15. hi manju! thanks for visiting my blog! u have a lovely page here too! lovely recipe!:)


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