Semiya (Vermicelli) Halwa

A sweet halwa made from vermicelli (semiya), milk, cashew nuts and then garnished with chopped mixed nuts.

Semiya (Vermicelli) Halwa

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: SweetsCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Medium


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A sweet halwa made from vermicelli (semiya), milk, cashew nuts and then garnished with chopped mixed nuts.


  • Semiya (Vermicelli) – 1 cup

  • Sugar – 1/2 cup

  • Milk – 1 cup

  • Ghee – 2 to 3 teaspoons

  • Cashew Nuts – few

  • Cardamom Powder – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Kesar colour powder – a pinch

  • Chopped nuts for garnishing (optional)


  • In a kadai put the semiya and dry fry till it changes its colour slightly and hot to touch.  Remove and cool it.  Then put it in a mixie and grind it to a fine powder.  Normally for 1 cup semiya, you will get 1/2 cup powder.
  • In a thick bottomed kadai put the milk , add sugar and the semiya powder.  Stir well.  Then keep it on the stove and stir continuously till it become thick.  Add a pinch of kesar colour and mix it well.  Add the ghee and mix thoroughly till it leaves the sides of the kadai.
  • Fry cashew nuts in a teaspoon of ghee and add it to the halwa along with cardamom powder.  Remove and transfer to another greased bowl.  Garnish with chopped nuts.


  1. Superb! Mam. new method, let me try and let you know the result.

  2. hi mam,

    Very colorful.. I gonna try this sweet tomorrow. Kindly clarify one thing mam. For 1cup Semiya POWDER, we need to add 1cup milk and 1/2 cup sugar right?

  3. Dear Ma’am I am amazed at your talent, creativity and versatility. To top all these qualities you have such a generous heart to share your wonderful recipies and kolams with all. Haven’t met you but from your responses, I can gauge that in spite of owning these great assets, you are a simple and humble individual. My sincere thanks and please keep up your good work.

  4. Tried Ur recipe….was quick to make & tasted great…my daughter loved it

  5. I tried on new year. it was tasted good

  6. madam, your recipies are really wonderful and very innovative.. im going to try the apple halwa and potato dosai of urs… it is very kind of you to share all your wonderfu recipies with everyone of us.

  7. prasanna r

    I surprised my wife by preparing it on our anniversary. She was amused how somebody who hardly visits kitchen could prepare such a good delicacy. Thanks to you.

    • Hi Prasanna,

      Great. I feel happy that my recipe is somewhat helpful to you in your cooking venture and making it for your Anniversary. Congratulations and Thank you.

  8. R.Banupriya rambabu

    hi mam your website are very useful to me i try everyday your recipes only. i don’t know cooking nowadays i cooked better because of you thank you mam

  9. Hi Kamala, your recipes are great and innovative, I never heard of this semiya halwa before, it looks delicious and I will try it as soon as possible.

  10. urs receipe is not only, with good taste, but easy to prepare , thank u

  11. Hi mam I have tried this semiya halwa and it came really too tasty.i don’t know cooking so I have tried many of your receipes. But this halwa is so delicious.All my guests have liked it. I was so happy. Thank you so much.Because of your many receipes I have a confident that I too can cook

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