As everyone knows ragi is a healthy cereal. Here I have planned  a twist on the traditional Vermicelli Payasam by using Ragi Vermicelli. I did not find any difference in taste by using this healthy alternative.

       This payasam can also be served to elder age group by simply avoiding ghee in this recipe. Easy to prepare healthy tasty payasam in minutes. Ragi vermicelli took for me about only two minutes to cook. So a delicious healthy dessert is ready without any pain. Try this dessert....


Ragi vermicelli- 1/2 cup
Milk- 2 cups
Water- 1/2 cup
Sugar- 1-2 tablespoons
Ragi flour- 1 teaspoon
Cardamom, crushed- 3 pods
Ghee- 1 teaspoon
Cahewnuts, broken- 5-6
Raisins- 10


  • Roast the vermicelli in a pan till some of the vermicelli turns to light white colour.
  • Heat ghee in a pan; add the broken cashew nuts and raisin ; roast till golden colour and keep aside.
  • Heat milk in a pan with water and sugar.
  • Dissolve the ragi flour in normal milk and add this into the boiling milk.(It slightly thickens the payasam at the final stage)
  • Keep on stirring and keep the flame to low heat. Now add the vermicelli and mix well. This vermicelli cooks fast in around 2 minutes.
  • Add the crushed cardamom pods. Allow to boil for a minute to get the flavour. Now add the roasted cashews and raisins in  ghee. Switch off the gas and serve hot.
  • Note: Adding Ragi flour in this recipe is optional. I have added to get the consistency as ragi vermicelli has less starchiness, i have added to give the texture to the paysam.
  • Ragi vermicelli cooks fast in 2 minutes. So once the vermicelli cooks, reduce the flame and do other steps quick enough to maintain the texture of the vermicelli.
  • Adjust the sweetness according to your taste.
  • Can replace sugar with sugar free for diabetic individuals.