Sewaiyan Payesh (Sweet Vermicelli Pudding)

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Aah, at last I started writing a post after such a long time. Studies, exams, shifting, travelling had taken away most of my time I had in the past month. The little I had for myself, I was too lazy to dedicate that for blogging. But, after preparing vermicelli payes this evening I was bent on writing the recipe. The pudding was an instant hit at home, it got over even before the pudding turned cold.

Vermicelli is a common ingredient in Italian cuisine. It is thinner than spaghettis but is used almost like pasta. While Italians mainly use vermicelli as a savory, in South Asian cuisine it is mainly used to prepare kheer or pudding. Vermicelli is called in different names in different parts of the Indian continent – seviyan in Urdu and Hindi, semai in Bengali, sev in Gujrati, sevalu or semiyan in Telugu, semiya in Tamil and Kannada. It is mainly prepared from semolina, but the one I used it was wheat flour vermicelli.


  • Broken Vermicelli (Semai/ Sewaiyan): 150gms
  • Ful fat cream Milk (Dudh): 1 ½ litre
  • Sugar (Chini): ¾ cup
  • Clarified butter (Ghee): 2 tablespoons
  • Raisin (Kismis): ¼ cup
  • Cashew (Kaju badam): ¼ cup


  • Boil the milk in low flame so that it reaches almost three-fourth of the original volume
  • In a skillet or wok heat 1 ½ tablespoon of clarified butter, decrease the flame and fry the vermicelli till it turns golden brown
  • Pour the roasted vermicelli to the milk and bring to boil
  • Add the sugar and take out of flame after 5 to 7 minutes or till the vermicelli is soft
  • Serve hot or cold garnished with raisins and cashews

Hot Tips – Vermicelli tends to get burnt very quickly so continue stirring.

Further Readings – She’reya, Mughlai Vermicelli dessert

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5 thoughts on “Sewaiyan Payesh (Sweet Vermicelli Pudding)

  1. OMG! I followed the recipe exactly, and it was a big hit with my family. They mentioned its the best sewaiyan (sheerkorma) they ever had.

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