Saturday, March 22, 2008

Vermicelli Kesari ~ Semiya Kesari!

Growing up, the thought of a Saturday, would evoke the senses to look forward to the delicious prasadam that Amma would be making. It always varied with the seasons. At one point it used to Semiya Payasam, that Amma was making for many weeks on stretch. Then occasionally she used to a kesari out of Semiya. That used to be my favorite. Amma used to make it specially for me and it used to silky and tasted like amurtham. Though she used to make it many times, I have never attempted to make it.

Since this tradition of neivethyam is still followed, we make some sweet or the other on a Saturday. But I remembered this kesari and wanted to make it today. It gives a great pleasure to keep stirring it while its getting cooked. Adding a pinch of colour, makes it look so chic and out of the world. Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins
cuisine : Andhra

Ingredients Needed

Vermecilli / Semiya - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Ghee - 2 tsp
Water - 1 & 1/2 cup
Cardomom powder - 1/4 tsp
Cashew nuts - 5 nos
Kesari colour a pinch

Method to prepare:

In a pan, heat ghee and roast the cashew nuts. Remove and roast the semiya. Keep it aside.

In the same pan, take the water and bring it to boil. Add the Vermecilli and cook for 10 mins or till its soft.

Add the sugar, kesari colour, cardomom powder and sim for 10 mins or till its cooked.

Finally garnish it with cashew nuts.

Instead of cooking directly, you can pressure cook it with 1 cup of water too.

To get the silky texture, you can add the sugar first, then add the semiya. But this way it takes longer time to get cooked. So in that case, add 1 cup of extra water and cook till its soft.

Sending this to Habeas Brulee who is hosting the SUGAR HIGH FRIDAY #41: SWEET GIFTS event.

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kamala said...

I like the color srivalli.Looks yummy

Jayashree said...

Nice's a refreshing change from the usual rava kesari.

TBC said...

That looks lovely and the color is so intense.

Uma said...

kesari looks so pleasing both to the eye and stomach. Lovely color.

Cham said...

Colour is very pretty, i love semiya kesari...

Kalai said...

I've never had this, but it looks gorgeous! Nice use of semiya. :)

AnuZi said...

Ooooo yummmm!! Looks sooo festive dear. Happy holi!

Namratha said...

That looks delish Sri dear, loved the colour. Gr8 idea of adding the colour!! :)

Homecooked said...

Wow....looks delicious!!! Had heard of rava kesari but this looks really good.

Hima said...

Ah! girl.. you are killing me.. I better not get tempted...

Srivalli said...

kamala, is very yummy

Jayashree, you can say that again!

TBC, yes..thanks

Uma, glad you liked it..

Cham, :)...nice to know that..

Kalai, then you got to try it..

AnuZi, yep..right on holi day!..thanks for the wishes..happy holi to you too

Namratha, glad you liked it...yep it adds colour to life too

Homecooked, ehmm..then you got to try it

Hima, hhaha..are you on some diet??...not harm in getting tempted this time

The Apron Queen said...

Gorgeous color! Almost too lovely to eat!

Stop by for a visit. I'll even save one of my baked apples for you! :D

Confessions of an Apron Queen:

Superchef said... this...this is sooo tasty n soo easy to mae that it has always been handy during my emergency sweet crave :):)( especially late nights)

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

Very interesting and lovely color. So fast to make too. It's completely different from what I usually make, but I will try this one. I know a priest from India and he was just saying that he missed Indian desserts, so this is perfect timing. He says Indian restaurants here in the U.S. do not agree with him.

Srivalli said...

The Apron Queen, thanks for dropping by..glad you liked have a nice blog going there

Manju, yep this is an easy one to fall back!

Joy, welcome to my blog...thanks..I can understand how it mus try this and let me know!

Anonymous said...

I tried it yesterday and it both looks and tastes really good. We liked it.Thanks!

Preethy said...


I tried this today , it cam out well, thank u....

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