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Sooji Kheer – Rava Payasam

Sooji Kheer – Rava Payasam

Sooji Kheer – also known as Rava Payasam - is an Indian porridge made with semolina roasted in ghee, cardamom, toasted nuts and raisins.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 to 4
Author Manuela Zangara


  • 2 ½ tbsp sooji – fine semolina
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 50 gms – ¼ cup sugar
  • 500 ml – 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder


  1. Heat the ghee in a pan. Add the cashew nuts and raisins and roast till light golden and puffy. Remove them and keep aside.
  2. In the same ghee, add the sooji (semolina) and roast it, while stirring, for about 8-10 minutes, on a low to medium flame. Remove it from the heat and allow to cool a bit.
  3. Bring the milk, water, cardamom powder and sugar to a boil.
  4. Reduce the flame and slowly add the roasted semolina to the milk mixture, stirring continuously. The milk will begin to thicken.
  5. Remove the kheer and put it into a serving bowl.  Garnish with the roasted cashew nuts and raisins.  It can be eaten warm or chilled.

Recipe Notes

The consistency depends on how long you cook the kheer for. You can adjust it to your liking, but remember that when cold, it will thicken further, so keep it more runny than what you want.