Heat 1 tsp ghee in a frying pan. Add 3/4th of the semiya from the above qty. Fry till the semiya reaches a golden brown color (make sure it's not over fried). Once the semiya is golden brown in color, add the rest of the semiya, mix well and remove from fire. (refer notes)
In a heavy bottomed wide and deep pan, add 3 tbsp sugar from the above qty. Add 1.5 tbsp of water to this and caramelise. Once the sugar caramelises and reaches an amber shade add 1/4 cup of hot water (be careful while adding it, it will splash). Mix well.
Add milk and 1/2 - 3/4 cup water to this. Mix well. Bring it to a rolling boil.
Once the milk starts boiling add semiya and mix well. Bring it to boil and simmer till semiya cooks through.
Once the semiya is almost done, add the sugar and mix well. Make sure semiya retians a bite to it and not become soft completely (refer notes). At this stage you can add cooked sago (if using) and mix well.
Add crushed cardamom and ghee fried raisins to the payasam. Add a pinch of salt to balance the taste. Switch off the gas. Cover and let the payasam rest for 15 - 20 mins.
Caramelise 2 tbsp sugar (you can either take it from the 3/4 cup mentioned above or use extra, depending on the sweetness level you prefer). Once the sugar caramelises, add cashew nuts. Make sure the nuts are coated well with caramel. Transfer to a butter paper and let it cool completely.
Crush the cooled caramelised nuts with a rolling pin. Transfer the payasam to individul serving bowls and garnish with caramelised nuts.
You can serve this at room temp or chilled.
I've used nonroasted semiya for this recipe.A portion of semiya is kept aside (without frying) so that it ensures uniform distribution of semiya in the milk.You can add more sugar if you prefer it. Also you can add 2 tbsp condensed milk for a more creamier payasam. Make sure the sugar doesnt burn while caramelising otherwise it will spoil the taste of payasam. If you are not a fan of caramelised nuts, you can just fry the nuts in ghee and add to Payasam.
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