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Semiya/Vermicelli Kesari Recipe

 Semiya/Vermicelli Kesari Recipe is  the best part is, it is quick to make and needs very little ghee unlike other kesari recipes.This semiya kesari is very easy to make, perfect to serve for guests too.After trying semiya upma, I confidently tried this semiya kesari and enjoyed it.I love all kesari recipes and the list justifies it ?

 Semiya/Vermicelli Kesari Recipe is similar to preparing Rava kesari. you can Use any type of semiya like rice or whole wheat. just add water proportions as mentioned on the pack. I used rice vermicelli. Dry fruits can also be of your choice.

For the orange color, I have used both saffron and natural orange color extract. You can even use a few pinches of turmeric powder, if you do not have saffron. But turmeric powder will give you a yellow color, which is fine. Even just using saffron will give the kesari a yellow color.

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Semiya(Fine Vermicelli) – 1 cup loosely packed

Water – 1 and 1/2 cups
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Melted Ghee – 3 tsp
Cardamom powder – a tiny pinch
Saffron – 3 to 4 strands(optional)
Orange food color – just a tiny pinch
Cashewnuts – 6 broken

INSTRUCTIONS For Making Semiya/Vermicelli Kesari Recipe

1. Firstly, roast 1 cup vermicelli in 2 tbsp ghee on a low flame.

Semiya/Vermicelli Kesari Recipe

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2. Roast till the semiya turns golden brown in colour. keep aside.

Semiya/Vermicelli Kesari Recipe

3. Now in a large kadai heat 2 tbsp ghee and roast 2 tbsp cashew and 1 tbsp raisins.

Semiya/Vermicelli Kesari Recipe

4. Once they turn golden brown, keep aside.

Semiya/Vermicelli Kesari Recipe

5. Now to the same kadai add 2 cup water and 2 tbsp saffron water. to prepare saffron water, soak few strands of saffron / kesar in 2 tbsp of warm water for 30 minutes.

Semiya/Vermicelli Kesari Recipe

6. Once the water comes to a boil, add roasted semiya and stir well.

Semiya/Vermicelli Kesari Recipe

7. Boil for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.

Semiya/Vermicelli Kesari Recipe

8. Further, simmer for 5 minutes or till the semiya absorbs all the water.

9.  Mix well, dissolving sugar completely. Continue to cook for further 5 minutes to absorb all the sugar.

10.  Add in ¼ tsp cardamom and roasted cashew and raisins. mix well.


11.  Finally, serve  Semiya (Vermicelli) Kesari Recipe garnished with more kesar if required.


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My Notes:

  • I used fine vermicelli so needed only 1 and 1/2 cups of water.Water quantity may vary depending on the variety of vermicelli.
  • Do not add sugar before the vemicelli gets cooked else the kesari will turn rubbery.
  • Roasting vermicelli gives a nice aroma and also makes it non sticky and will avoid mushiness while getting cooked.
  • Remember I measured the vermicelli only loosely packed so measure and adjust the ingredients according to your vermicelli measures.
  • You can also add your favorite essence too but I love the plain cardamom flavour the best.
  • If you like elachi flavour more, just skip saffron and add a generous pinch of cardamom powder.
  • Semiya kesari doesn’t require much ghee like the other kesari recipes.
  • This keeps well for 2 days if refrigerated after a day.And while serving just heat it up and drizzle little ghee and serve.

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I am Manasvi Ravi Phulawade The Author, Cook, Baker and Photographer behind Art of Palate.

My primary goal is to treat you the way I like to be treated, which means, if you have any questions, feel free to hit the comments section?. I will be happy to share what I have learned so far.

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