25 Oct Sooji Phirni/ Sooji Kheer/Rava Kheer/Semolina Pudding
Sooji kheer or Rava Kheer is an unique version of Indian Kheer .This can also be termed as Sooji Phirni or Rava Phirni or Semolina Kheer. Kheer is one of the most popular of Indian desserts celebrated during festivals and other occasions. Not only is it quick and easy, it leaves you wanting for more. Kheer, connotes to varied types , it generally is a kind of a milk based pudding, with ingredients like rice or vermicelli as its base. Quick and easy in technique and not much of perfect ingredients to follow, it connotes to a dessert where rice or vermicelli is let to cook in warm milk,adding in sugar.It is flavored with saffron, cashews, rose water or other nuts as desired.Some also add grated coconut for a rich taste.
While rice kheer is the unanimous favorite of many an Indians, the vermicelli or sevai kheer is often celebrated as a signature dish during Eid and other festivals. Kheer connotes to different names by the regions, kheer in some regions while payasam in others. Close to kheer there is another form of sweet Indian pudding recipe recipe called as Phirni , which is very similar to rice kheer with a slight variation. Phirni is similar to rice kheer, the difference being in the way the rice is cooked and the kind of rice being used. While whole grains of rice is used for kheer and rice cooks in milk for long until cooked , phirni uses coarse or ground rice and hence takes lesser to cook.Also phirni does not really require the milk to thicken unlike in Kheer.
Today’s recipe is a blend of kheer and the phirni. Call it whatever you like, it manages to achieve an outstanding taste and can be the star of any celebrations that reeks for an Indian touch. Semolina/sooji/rava is cooked in milk and given a royal treatment with the addition of khoya ,making it richer, creamier, almost like a product from the royal kitchens. Semolina is extremely lenient when combined with milk and attains a consistency without much effort that lends an incredible taste. Addition of khoya makes it richer and creamier in taste.Add to it some khoya and this dish elevates itself to gourmet cooking. Apparently sooji kheer is given to babies for its nutrients value.It is almost like porridge;light and easy to digest ;hence very much a part of baby’s food as well.
The khoya adds a certain charm to the dept of this dish. Rich and creamy in texture , it is decadent and outrightly delicious, typically Indian.The more the milk thickens, the richer it tastes, while the mawa/khoya only adds to its riveting taste that keeps you wanting for more. I like to add in a little rosewaer for that royal touch.Barely done in over 10 minutes, this by far is one of the most easiest of homemade Indian deserts, not very common yet, having the capacity to blow you over with its incredible royal taste and flavor. Not just for celebrations,this one can be your any day dessert or even during emergency,this should slide you through .
I have made a small video to explain the process
- Milk 500 ml
- rava/Semolina/Sooji 3 tbsp
- Sugar ½ cup
- Khoya/Mawa 2tbsp
- chopped almonds 1 tsp
- chopped pistacios 1 tsp
- cardamom powder ¼ th tsp
- Boil the milk in a saucepan with sugar on low heat for sometime.
- Add sooji and keep stirring for 7 to 8 mins
- Add mawa, almonds, pistacios and cardamom powder.
- Stir and take off from pan.
- Serve chilled with a garnish of pistachios
Also Read : Gajar Kheer