Rava Payasam/Sooji Kheer/Semolina Milk Pudding - Virtual Birthday Treat for Viji

 Hello friends!!Today I am here with a simple,creamy and delicious payasam for a friend's Birthday who is a well known blogger.Its Viji of Viji's Virundhu.
I tried this payasam from her blog and came out so delicious.For added taste I used some vermicelli and ground almonds ,if you want you can add some condensed milk too.Off to the recipe................

Basic Information

Preparation time ~ 5 minutes
Cooking Time ~ 25 minutes
Serves ~3-4



Roasted Vermicelli/Semiya2tbs
Sugar/sakkarai1/2 cup+1tbs
Full cream milk/whole milk2 -21/2cups
Cardamom powder/ellakai1/2tsp
Saffron/kungumapoofew strands
Cardamom powder/ellakai1/4tsp
Pistachios(finely chopped)for garnishing(optional)

  • Soak the almonds in hot water for 10 minutes and grind it with 2 tbs of milk,soak the saffron in a tsp of milk and set it aside.
  • Boil the milk in a heavy bottom pan and let it simmer it for 6-7 minutes.Meanwhile heat the pan with a tsp of ghee and fry the cashews and remove it.
  • In the same pan add the remaining ghee and roast the semolina in a medium flame without changing the color till nice aroma comes out.Finally add the vermicelli and fry it for a minute.
  • Add it to the boiling milk and let it boil till it gets cooked.Now add the sugar and cook it for couple of minutes till the sugar dissolves.
  • At this stage add in ground paste and cook for couple of minutes.Finally add the saffron,cardamom power and the fried cashews and put off the flame.
  • Serve it warm or chilled.


  • If you feel the payasam is thicker after cooling add little more milk.
  • Roast the semolina in a medium flame otherwise it may change the color.
  • Here I used the roasted vermicelli so I added in the end,if you are using unroasted, fry it in the ghee separately.


looking wonderful..awesome pictures...

Simply amazing looking payasam. Loved your 1st click.

yummilicious payasam. Wonderful clicks, Nalini.

Payasam looks really delicious.

this is really amazing... delicious payasam...

Love the rava granules in the payasam...pic so clear that i can see those granules..wonderful job nalini ka..

Wow aks Thank u so much for the wonderful treat... Awesome clicks I can see each and every rava in all clicks...Picture perfect... Thank u so much for your lovely treat aks...;) <3

Yummy recipe and the picture makes us drool...

wow wow thats an yummy kheer to celebrate viji's birthday :) lovely presentation and kheer looks so delicious :)

nice color combo... definitely super sharp click

sure shot dessert after a heavy meal :)

Superb kheer and love how creamy it is. Love the pink color BG and styling simply elegant and perfect treat for Vk

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