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Rich Creamy Vermicelli Pudding

Rich Creamy Vermicelli Pudding

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Rich Creamy Vermicelli Pudding or Payasam (the South Indian term) is an Indian dessert typically served on religious occasions or festivities. It is a delicious dessert, when cooked well, of course. 

Rich Creamy Vermicelli Pudding

Something I finally got right. There was a time in my life when I did not get this pudding right. Every time I tried, it was a near disaster.

One day I finally had success with my attempt at making Vermicelli Pudding. It was then that I realized my guests were actually just being nice.

I had invited some of my friends for dinner one day and I made this Vermicelli Pudding as dessert. I thought I did a great job but I could see my friends were struggling to eat it, keeping a straight face.

They told me it was delicious but when I tasted it I realized it was actually a disaster. I was totally embarrassed and from that moment on I never attempted it again.

RIch Creamy Vermicelli Pudding in a white bowl

My hubby loves this Rich Creamy Vermicelli Pudding and he insisted I learn to make it well. He couldn’t exactly go to his mum to eat it anymore, we did move miles away from Durban.

So after a few more failed attempts I finally got it right.  One day I had a light bulb moment and I discovered what I was doing wrong.  My vermicelli was actually being overcooked.

Cooking the Vermicelli

You see vermicelli is like pasta, it must be cooked  al dente and once the heat is turned off it finishes cooking to a lovely consistency. Frying your vermicelli in the butter ghee from the very start makes a huge difference to the taste.

The vermicelli must be fried until it turns a rich, golden brown color. 

Rich Creamy Vermicelli Pudding in a white bowl

Vermicelli is a very fine, like angel hair pasta and you can easily overcook it. Most Indian Spice Stores or local supermarkets stocks Vermcelli.

Not everyone serves this sweet dish with Papadums but my family loves it.  I often serve it this way, the sweet with the savoury is super delicious.

Most people use sugar and some even use a little water when cooking this Vermicelli Pudding but I prefer to use milk and condensed milk to sweeten it.

You can also adjust the amount of milk you want to use. It’s why I say two to three cups milk. My hubby prefers a thicker consistency so for him I add only two cups of milk.

The kids and I prefer it a little runny so I add an extra cup of milk when we are eating it. Either way it tastes delicious.

If you looking for a slightly different recipe with Raisins and Sago here’s a recipe you can try

More Indian Treats to try:

Rich Creamy Soji (Semolina Pudding)

Sweet Rice/Kheer with Condensed Milk


Vermicelli Pudding

Rich and Creamy Vermicelli pudding made with milk and condensed milk
Cuisine Indian
Keyword kheer, payasam, vermicelli pudding
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 cup/250ml vermicelli broken
  • 3 tbsp butter ghee or butter
  • 2-3 cups full cream milk
  • 3 tbsp condensed milk
  • 1/2 tspn ground cardamom/elachie
  • 1 tspn ground almond


  • Melt the ghee on medium heat. Add the vermicelli and fry until it's a rich, golden brown color
  • Add milk, a little at a time and mix well. Allow it to simmer on low heat, with the lid off, until the vermicelli is cooked but be careful not to overcook it. Keep a close eye on it and mix at regular intervals.
  • When cooked the vermicelli pieces will still remain whole, but should be soft. Add more milk if you prefer.
  • Add elachie and almond powder. Allow the vermicelli to stand for a few minutes before mixing in the condensed milk


  1. Frying the vermicelli together with the butter allow the butter to soak in and it elevates the flavor
  2. Be careful not to let the vermicelli overcook or it will become stodgy
  3. Remove the vermicelli off the heat and wait a few minutes before adding the condensed milk
  4. I added 3 tablespoon condensed milk but you can add more if you prefer
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