Friday, April 10, 2015

Rava/Semolina Kheer

The Indian side of me is out today (Sardine Varuval/Dry Style & Pepper Garlic Rasam). Actually, not really today, I made this Indian dessert (Mango Kulfi)  two months back. As usual, my recipes are, sadly ditched aside because of blogging time constraint. Trust me, its not easy finding time to write, furthermore, let me tell you that my plate is forever filled up. Housework primarily, there's no end to housework don't you agree? I utterly know so. Unless you don't mind closing your eyes for living in dirt and filth. Trust me, many people don't mind. Don't think those who come out all dolled up are all that concern with home cleanliness. Go into their houses and you will even reject a glass of water. I know of many. Goodness! Smelly toilets, clothes all piled up in buckets and buckets, sticky floor, yet go out as though they are standard beauty mudguards. Dolls these days, I tell you, are really good at wearing social media beauty crown. When in actual fact, they are cleanliness disasters.

So, all you men, be careful. Don't get carried away please. Maybe you should test, test everything, lallala, by living together. No worries. Its acceptable. Even the Indians (Curry Leaves Hummus, Indian Chicken Curry & Bitter Gourd Prawn Curry) are slyly or opening doing it. Instead of marrying at the first heart fall and then crying your heart out to your mothers. Of course, these days mothers are so very liberal. They won't hesitate in forcing you towards divorce, unlike my mum. For her, marriage can't be broken, not at all, even if you battered by your husband. Moreover, its utterly priority girls must learn to cook to impress their future in laws. I still remember my growing up years. Must make the most perfect round tosai or chappati, must know how to grind spiciness to super smooth, must clean fish till, I really sometimes give up on what she expects. At the same time, I must also score in exams. But still, cooking is utmostly the priority. Beats me. Otherwise, I will be beaten (Gobi 65, Chilli Potato, Indian Fish Achar, Tapioca Poriyal & Black Lentil Vadai).

Maybe, come to think of it, some tiny bit, that bit of good came out of it. Over the years, I did improve in my cooking, but mum's cooking and mine is the opposite attraction. Mum love to load sugar into desserts, she still till this day load salt into daily meals. I, on the other hand, prefer less sugar and less salt. Don't you think its a better option? Many of us I believe are sugar and salt conscious, especially those who have hit the bar above 50 like me. Remember darlings, there is nothing more worrying except keeping our health and health is wealth once age catches up. No money in this world can return back our ruined health. Take a look around, even the most richest couldn't save themselves and their loves ones due to health tumbling down, which eventually, as you know, will lead to heaven and hell. Then again, hell I think for me is the joyous option. I think, I am guessing, please don't get sensitive, Malaysians (Kangkung Belacan, Kampung Fried Rice, White Fungus Gingko Nuts & Salted Egg Yolk Fish) I know are forever emotional, speak about women on the whole, I think I prefer hell because I may bump into Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and we as one happy family, can rock and roll in hell. Just kidding.

Having said that, I am still showering sugar rush happiness (Lemon Squares) on all of you. Yes, all of you because I don't prejudice against age,gender, skin color, ethnicity, shape and size. Also, this kheer is sweeten with palm sugar (Malaysian Banana Pancake), instead of white sugar and palm sugar syrup served separately so that you can suit yourself, according to your own sugar rush. Anyone for the matter, I believe can make this Rava/Semolina Kheer (Semolina Ladoo, Suji Cookies, Sujee Cake & Kesari). Easy preasy. Will you please stop believing those who will frighten you by saying that its the most difficult dessert (Peach Raisin Bread Pudding, Mandarin Orange Marmalade & Banana Chocolate Cake). One which of course is their family guarded secret, but for the sake of blogging fame, for you sake actually, they are releasing the recipe (Cherry Rice Pudding & Tam Tim Krob/Red Rubies). Phew! Dang! Forget not, what not, allow Nava K now to guide you on how to make her version of a simplified Rava/Semolina Kheer (Pumpkin Sago Dessert & Sago Gula Melaka) aka known as payasam, ksheeram and payasa, of course the high-tec impressive name is Fereni (Green Pea Sago Payasam). Take care. Shall bump into you again.

1 cup rava/semolina
1/2 cup sago
1 cup thick coconut milk
Sugar - as needed
2 tbsp ghee
2 tbsp cashew nuts
2 tbsp raisins
A pinch of saffron strands/or use yellow colouring
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder/or replace with cardamom powder
Water as needed

Soak sago for 1 hour. In between change the water and rinse (rinse gently to avoid breaking sago).
Then, simmer enough water and add sago.
Stir and cook sago till translucent.
Drain, rinse under running water and keep aside.
Meanwhile, simmer 2 cups of water.
When heated through, add rava.
Keep stirring so that rava does not lump up together.
Add sugar and stir to dissolve.
Pour coconut milk, add sago, saffron strands and nutmeg powder.
Heat through and off the heat.
In a pan, quickly fry cashew nuts and raisins in ghee.
Tip in kheer and stir.
Note: Adjust ingredient as per taste.
Dilute kheer with more water and coconut milk if you like.
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  1. Yum! I love sago! This must be really refreshing.

  2. never heard of sooji kher, looks delishiois
    keep in touch

  3. delicious kheer..... Pass me that glass.... :)

  4. Nice kheer!!!i have never tried rava kheer with coconut milk and sago but after seeing your lovely recipe I want to try it soon!!

  5. Yummy spread, i am drooling here :)

  6. Looks so delicious and like you say, makes a very good closing for a vegetarian meal. I like the vada too!

  7. looks so delicious...feel like having it right now...i too loved the vadas..yummy

  8. Anything made with rava is my favorite..have u used the roasted or unroasted one?

  9. looks so gorgeous..this kheer is new to me.. but loved it though!!

  10. Ideal for a festive season. Love your kheer & vada. Yummyyy...

  11. Such an amazing kheer... I love the flavors... got to try!

  12. Vow this is so simple to make and yum,.... combination of semolina n sago is what i did nt know :)

  13. My Mom used to make rava kheer with regular milk, but i like the addition of coconut milk here :) Love those vadas too

  14. Rice vada looks mouth watering, I have never tried semolina kheer.

  15. Perfect desert with coconut milk and cashew nuts my favorite ingredients.

  16. This looks awesome n taste too will


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