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Cardamom-spiced vermicelli (semiya payasam) in three bowls

Cardamom-spiced vermicelli

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  • Preparation and cooking time
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  • Easy
  • Serves 6

Create an Indian feast to celebrate Diwali and end with this divine 'semiya payasam' dessert, made with vermicelli and coconut milk infused with cardamom

Nutrition: Per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal430
fat26g
saturates18g
carbs41g
sugars29g
fibre1g
protein7g
salt0.2g
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Ingredients

  • 10 green cardamom pods, seeds removed
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 l whole milk
  • 75g ghee
  • 75g fine vermicelli, roughly crushed
  • 100g jaggery or light muscovado sugar
  • 250ml coconut milk
  • 50g raisins, soaked in hot water for 10 mins, then drained
  • 50g cashews fried until golden in 1 tsp ghee

Method

  • STEP 1

    Grind the cardamom seeds and caster sugar to a powder using a pestle and mortar. Put in a saucepan with the whole milk and bring to a boil over a medium heat, stirring occasionally.

  • STEP 2

    Heat the ghee in a wok or karahi over a medium heat and fry the vermicelli for 3-5 mins, stirring continuously, until darkened.

  • STEP 3

    Pour the boiling milk over the vermicelli and continue simmering, stirring all the time, for 5 mins or until the mixture thickens. Stir in the jaggery or muscovado sugar and cook for a further 2-3 mins.

  • STEP 4

    Whisk the coconut milk to break up any lumps and pour into the pan. Bring to a simmer, then stir in the raisins. Spoon into small bowls and scatter over the fried cashews before serving warm.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2022

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