Payasam can be made with vermicelli,cooked rice and beaten rice (aval) Vermicelli and beaten rice as the case may be should be dry roasted . Then pour milk on top of it until the subject immerses, 3/4 milk and 1/4 water. let it boil but keep stirring it constantly. When the content inside is cooked, the milk by then would have condensed too. When the milk is boiling add cardomoms, just the black stuff inside and not the shell. When it is cooked add sugar. After adding sugar do not allow it on the stove for more than 5 minutes. Remove from stove and cool it. Fry cashews and raisins and add to them.