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30+ Recipes for Ugadi 2024

This year Telugu New Year also known as Ugadi is Tuesday , April 9th .  It is usually celebrated with the reading of the New Years' almanac and traditional foods. You can read more about our celebrations from previous years here:  2014 ,   2015 ,   2016 ,   2018 ,  2019 2020 ,  2021 , 2022 , 2023 , 2024 Here are a few recipes to add to your table:

Semiya Payasam - Vermicelli Kheer

Amma came to visit this summer, she stayed with us for 2 months. This is the first time she's seen our new home. She spent a lot of time in our expanded flower & kitchen garden, feeding the koi in our pond, cooking and making treats & snacks, and of course watching Guy Fieri's Triple D & Chopped. While she was here she showed me how to make this delicious pudding made from vermicelli pasta, milk and of course cardamom. Semiya Payasam, also known as Vermicelli Kheer, is an essential dish in many Hindu festivals and celebrations.  I never really would have thought that, that combination of milk and pasta would be so tasty! The sweet milky vermicelli picks up the fragrant cardamom beautifully in this delicious pudding topped with toasted cashews and plump raisins.
Here is Amma's recipe:

Semiya Payasam

Emily (Cooking for Kishore)


    Semiya Payasam
  • 1/4 cup Vermicelli (Semiya) Broken into 1" pieces
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Ghee
  • 1/8 cup Sugar
  • 2 Green Cardamom Pods, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp Saffron
  • 1 Tbsp Raisins
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Cashews


  1. Heat half the ghee in a pot and toast cashews and raisins till lightly browned 2-3 minutes, remove and put aside for later.
  2. Add the other half the ghee to the pot and toast the vermicelli till it starts to turn reddish brown. Then add the milk and bring to a boil stirring gently. Continue cooking till the vermicelli is done.
  3. Add the sugar, crushed cardamom, and saffron, then stir.
  4. Garnish with toasted cashews and raisins. Serve warm or chilled.
Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 mins.
Cook time: 20 mins.
Total time: 30 mins.
Tags: vermicelli pudding, vermicelli pudding recipe, semiya payasam, semiya payasam recipe, festival recipes, south indian recipe 


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