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Black Bean & Squash Veggie Burgers

We always have people with a variety of eating preferences & palates attending our BBQ's. In response, I've always had fun experimenting with flavors and making new burgers for our get-togethers. This time I want to share one that was tried and tested with our family recently and is sure to be a hit at your summer BBQ's. This soy-free veggie burger is packed with flavor, that plays off the herby cilantro and spicy BBQ sauce, topped with an avocado slice on a sesame seed bun. Black Bean & Squash Veggie Burgers By  Emily (Cooking for Kishore) Ingredients 1 14 oz can of Black Beans, drained 1 Red Onion, choppped 1 Cup Cilantro, chopped 1 Tbsp Garlic, minced 1/2 cup Carrot, grated 1/2 cup Sweet Corn 1 cup Butternut Squash, cubed 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper 1/4 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Cumin 2 Tbsp spicy BBQ sauce 1/4 cup Panko Breadcrumbs 6 Sesame Seed Buns Iceberg Lettuce, shredded Tomato, thinly sliced Avocado, thinly sliced Olive Oil Instructions Heat the Olive Oil in

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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