Oats Vermicelli Pudding/ Oats Semiya Payasam

We love all sorts of Kheer at home, but love Semiya/Vermicelli kheer the best. I make simple vermicelli Kheer as is or in combination with Saboodana. A good friend of mine had tried my Mango Oats Kheer and liked the idea. She suggested adding Oats to the regular Vermicelli Kheer and I loved the idea.

I tried the kheer a few days ago and we loved the taste. The taste is no different than a regular Semiyan Kheer. However addition of Oats makes it thick and sticky. Nevertheless it is easy and healthy too.


  • ½ cup roasted Vermicelli
  • ½ cup roasted oats ( I used the rolled oats) ( the old fashioned one’s, not the quick cooking ones)
  • 6 cups milk (2%)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • ½ tsp Cardamom powder
  • 5-10 cashew pieces/ almond
  • 10-15 raisins

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(Even though Oats is not visibile here, trust me there is oats in this Kheer :-))


  • Heat little ghee in a pan and fry the roasted vermicelli for a little while, making sure that it does not burn up. Keep aside.
  • In the same pan roast the oats until it is slightly brown and toasty. Keep aside.
  • Pour the milk in the same pan and bring to boil stirring in between.
  • Reduce the flame and then add roasted vermicelli, oats, sugar and let this simmer for about 20 minutes (or until it thickens up a little).
  • Stir this in between, so that it does not settle at the bottom. Remove from flame.
  • In the meanwhile heat the ghee in a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat and fry cashews/almonds pieces till golden brown, next add raisins and fry until they plump up.
  • Now add cardamom powder, cashews and raisins to the Kheer and mix well. Cool to room temperature.
  • Note that after it is cooled the vermicelli will plump and Kheer/payasam will thicken.
  • This can also be served cold by keeping it in the refrigerator.
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  1. Asha says:

    Oats sounds good in Payasa, gives it a creamy texture. Looks yummy. I guess you can even skip the Shavige altogether, still tastes good! 🙂

  2. Desi Soccer Mom says:

    Never thought of adding oats to the kheer Supriya but sounds real good. Do you use instant oats or the old fashioned ones?

    Thanks Jaya. I used the old fashioned ones’. I updated the post.

  3. Supriya Raman says:

    Aah, looks just delicious! How have you been? It’s been a while since I visited and I seem to have missed quite some! I am not playing catch up with the blog world:)

  4. Soma says:

    Vermicilli is not a common kheer ingredient in bengal, but DD loves it. never tried oats..it looks so good. it must change the texture of the kheer. Does it thicken up a LOT?

    Soma, it thickens a lot and becomes sticky after it is cooled down.

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