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September 29, 2020

Instant Semiya Payasam in Pressure Cooker–Vermicelli Kheer in Cooker

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Every Thursday I make this Instant semiya payasam in a pressure cooker easily for my Guru Pooja naivedyam / prasad. It takes just 15 minutes to prepare it. I started making vermicelli kheer in pressure cooker after hearing from my friend Shalini. Once she shared her vermicelli payasam recipe in instant pot. I thought of making the same in our Indian pressure cooker and it was a huge success in my home. But there are few points to be remembered while making this payasam in cooker to avoid curdling. I have shared all of them in this recipe.

I have shared a Kerala style semiya payasam recipe in pressure cooker but this version is much more easy and less time consuming too. For variations, you can add condensed milk / Milkmaid instead of sugar. It tastes even more rich. Ok friends, lets check out this easy semiya payasam recipe in cooker with step by step pictures and video. 

Check out my other payasam recipes too !

Instant semiya payasam in cooker

Instant semiya payasam in pressure cooker

Instant semiya payasam in pressure cooker

Instant semiya payasam in pressure cooker under 15 minutes

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes
1 cup = 250ml
  • Pre Roasted semiya / Roasted Vermicelli - 1/2 cup (I used MTR roasted vermicelli)
  • Sugar - 1/2 cup
  • Raw, unboiled milk - 2 cups
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts, dry grapes – few
  • Salt – a pinch (optional)
  1. Wash and clean the pressure cooker, lid and gasket properly. Let it dry.
  2. In the pressure cooker, take the roasted vermicelli, sugar, milk, water and cardamom powder.
  3. Mix well. Pressure cook under low flame for two whistles.
  4. Remove the lid after the steam is released naturally.
  5. Heat ghee in a kadai and roast the cashews till golden in color. Add the raisins and roast till its puffy.
  6. Add to the semiya payasam. Mix well and enjoy !
  • Take a medium or big sized pressure cooker. Wash it well. Wash the lid, gasket properly and wipe it dry. This is the first step that helps to avoid curdling of payasam.

  • In that pressure cooker, take roasted vermicelli, sugar, unboiled milk, a pinch of salt, water and cardamom powder .
  • ( TIP: Addition of both water and milk helps to prevent curdling of payasam). If you have unroasted vermicelli, roast it in a tsp of ghee till golden in color. Then add water, milk, sugar and cardamom powder. Mix well.
  • If you are using small sized cooker, keep in small sized burner. I used my 2 liters cooker and used my medium sized burner.
    semiya payasam in pressure cooker
  • Add a small spoon or a plate in the bottom of cooker. It helps to reduce the splashing of milk while the cooker whistles. This step is optional though.
  • Close the lid and keep the cooker in high flame till steam comes out. lower the flame completely and then put the weight valve. Cook for two whistles in very low flame and switch off the flame. It takes nearly 8 to 10 minutes to whistle.

  • Let the pressure release naturally. Now open the cooker lid and mix well.
  • Heat ghee in a kadai and roast the cashews. When it starts to turn golden in color, add the raisins and roast till its puffy. Switch off the flame and add this to the semiya payasam.
    semiya payasam in pressure cooker
  • Mix well and serve hot or cold by refrigerating it for an hour. Semiya payasam thickens after it cools down completely. To make it drinkable, add some boiled milk before serving, adjust sweetness by adding more sugar, mix well and serve it. Enjoy !semiya payasam in pressure cooker


  • Adjust the quantity of sugar as per your taste.
  • For variations, you can use condensed milk instead of sugar.
  • You can add some saffron threads too.
  • Do not add milk alone. Add some water to prevent curdling.
  • Do not add ghee along with milk. While cooking, fat separates from the milk and gives a curdled look to the payasam.
  • If you want to make payasam without pressure cooker, first cook the vermicelli in water. Then add milk, sugar, cardamom powder. Boil and garnish with roasted nuts.
Try this easy, instant semiya payasam in pressure cooker and enjoy !

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shruthi said...

Thank u for this recipe! I tried this..came out v.well!!👍😊

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for your feedback :)