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Friday, April 13, 2012

Ravai Payasam (Sooji Kheer)

It is first day of Chithirai!! Tamil New year!!
When we were kids, Mom used to make Pongal n other delicacies and the night before, we used to arrange fruits,grains,jewels,money in front of the mirror and the day of the new year the first thing we see in the morning is the reflection of all this in the mirror. It is suppose to bring all good luck and prosperity for the whole year. Festival means lot of food, new dress,pooja and lots of happiness. Always as a kid I was looking for all festivals to celebrate.. Now my little daughter Thaara is just like me. She loves festivals. She was all excited when we arranged everything in front of the mirror last night. She even tried to put her own kolam in the balcony.So festivals are fun!! :) 

தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்!! 

Today we had planned a lot to cook, but Hubby had to leave early to work. So immediately I made this kheer as I wanted to start the day/ new year sweet. Once he is back in the evening, with items planned will do the pooja. This is such a simple dish but very yummy, easy to make too.

Ravai Payasam/ Sooji kheer/ Semolina Pudding 


Ravai/ Semolina/ Sooji, 1/2 cup
Milk, 2 cup
Condensed milk, 1/2 cup
Sugar, 1/2 cup
Cardamom, 4-5 nos
Saffron strands, 6-7
Ghee, 2 Teaspoons
Raisins & Cashewnuts

  • Take a table spoon of sugar and powder cardamom with it.
  • In a tea spoon of ghee, fry cashew nuts and raisins. Set aside.
  • Soak saffron in warm milk for few minutes.
  • In a sauce pan, add a teaspoon of ghee and roast rava till the raw smell is gone and it changes color lightly.
  • Then add milk to this rava and stir constantly to avoid forming any lumps and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • As per the desired consistency, check payasam and add water and simmer for few minutes.
  • Add condensed milk to this and mix well. Add rest of the sugar and mix well.
  •  Finally, add the powdered sugar, soaked saffron and mix well and Garnish with fried cashews and raisins.
Based on your personal preference, payasam can  be served either hot or cold.


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