Desserts Indian Payasam Pecans Vermicelli

Sweetened Vermicelli topped with Pecan Praline- Easy Payasam with Praline

Vermicelli with pecan praline

One of my favorite easy to make desserts that I make often when I get the sweet craving is sweetened vermicelli or payasam…

The other day when I made this dessert, I topped the sweetened vermicelli with praline pecans or pecans combined with brown sugar and butter. The crunchy and caramelized pecans made this simple dessert taste even more delicious.

Update on Ontario weather: Look what’s happening in my place, we are supposed to have Spring. Looks like winter couldn’t say goodbye to us, and so it’s back with a bang. Yesterday, Greenland turned into a Whiteland in the blink of an eye. I am a snow freak, so I’m enjoying this unexpected snow showers.

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Sweetened Vermicelli with pecan praline

Roasted thin vermicelli- This vermicelli is very thin, tastes good and cooks faster.

roasted vermicelli


Sweetened Vermicelli topped with Pecan Praline- Easy Payasam with Praline
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2 People
For making sweetened vermicelli
  • Thin Roasted Vermicelli, cut into 2 inch slice- 1 cup
  • Milk- 2 cups
  • Saffron, soaked in milk- 2 pinches
  • Honey- 3 to 4 tbsp (or add condensed milk)
  • Ghee or Unsalted Butter- ½ tbsp
For making Praline Pecans
  • Pecans- 2 tbsp
  • Brown sugar- 3 tbsp
  • Butter, unsalted- ½ tbsp
  • Milk or cream or water- 1 tbsp
  1. Use thin roasted vermicelli for making this dessert, available at most Indian stores.
  2. Add the saffron to the milk and soak for 5 minutes.
  3. Place a saucepan over medium heat, add ghee, let it melt.
  4. Break the vermicelli roughly about 2 inch long using your hands.
  5. Add the vermicelli to the ghee and roast for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add the milk along with the saffron, combine well.
  7. Add honey, around 3 to 4 tbsp according to your sweet level. Combine well.
  8. Let cook over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes till the vermicelli turns soft.
  9. After the vermicelli has turned soft, remove the pan from the heat and let cool down.
  10. You could serve the sweetened vermicelli slightly warm or chilled.
Making praline pecans
  1. This recipe is for topping 2 bowls of sweetened vermicelli, if making for more than 2 people increase the ingredients accordingly.
  2. Place a small pan over medium heat, add brown sugar, butter and milk/cream or water. Combine well, let the brown sugar melt.
  3. Add the pecans and combine well. Keep stirring for a few seconds till the mixture has thickened.
  4. Immediately transfer the praline pecans to a plate lined with parchment paper, else it will stick to the pan. Let cool down for a few minutes.
  5. Top the sweetened vermicelli with the praline pecans and enjoy.
Instead of honey you could add condensed milk, makes it more rich and creamy.
Praline Pecans- tastes so delicious by itself, you could make more and enjoy as a snack.




Thas is the author of Cooking with Thas, a popular food blog with recipes from Indian, American and Fusion Cuisines. She has been blogging since 2009 and been featured in several magazines. Read more...