After our recent post on Indian Rice Pudding, seeing how much you all loved it, I knew I had to share this alternate Sooji ki Kheer soon! In other words, it’s called Semolina Kheer and this is a light dessert when compared to Rice Kheer.
Suji ki Kheer is prepared using semolina, milk, and sugar. We have been having this dessert since childhood and according to me, the best way to have this is with puris! Our mum makes the most delicious combination of South Indian Chana Masala and this suji kheer recipe with freshly fried puris!
How to Make Kheer – Semolina Kheer
Let’s quickly get started on how to prepare kheer which will result in the best kheer recipe if you follow this! 😀
First up, have all your ingredients ready before you put the pan on the flame. This sooji kheer recipe will require you to stand and stir constantly so you must have the ingredients nearby.
Add milk to a pan and let it boil. Next, add the semolina slowly and keep stirring. Your goal must be to stir enough that no lumps are formed and there is nothing that sticks to the bottom of the pan.
Now, add milk powder and sugar. The milk powder is optional but it only thickens the kheer so you can either have it or not depending on your preference (I use Nido milk powder). Another alternative to add is condensed milk but you will have to reduce the sugar by half for 1/4 cup of condensed milk (this is the one I use).
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After stirring you can switch off the flame and let it cool. Add fried cashew nut, almonds, or raisins and enjoy! Easy, isn’t it?
Scroll below for the exact recipe for how to make suji kheer.
Sooji Ki Kheer Recipe Step by Step
- 1 liter milk
- ¾ cup semolina Rava
- ½ cup dry milk powder optional
- ½ cup sugar
- 3-4 almonds and cashews
- In a pan, add milk and let it boil
- Then add semolina while stirring simultaneously
- Next, add milk powder and sugar while stirring continuously and let the mixture cook
- Keep stirring the kheer so that it doesn’t form lumps. Stir for about 10 minutes
- Serve hot or cool and garnish with fried cashews and almonds
Other alternatives for suji kheer: Kheer has many varieties and unique methods of preparation in different parts of the South Asian subcontinent. Some of the common types of this dessert are Apple Kheer, Rava Kheer, Payasam, or Sabudana Kheer (Sago Pudding)
You can also make quite a few dishes with sooji like Sooji Halwa or the South Indian favorite, Upma if you fancy a savory alternative.
Most of these kheers are easy to prepare and are mostly one-pot dishes. Meaning, they can be made in an electric pressure cooker as well. I recently invested in a smart pot and became obsessed with the ease and simplicity of it. See my Instant Pot Rice Kheer recipe video below:
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Suji ki Kheer for Babies:
This Sooji Kheer recipe is completely child friendly and can be fed to babies of 6 months old or more by making some minor changes. When making the suji kheer recipe, cut down the sugar to 1/4 cup or completely avoid it if you are not comfortable feeding your child something with sugar.
I used to make suji kheer for baby Aqib (my little one who is a toddler now!) without sugar and would add honey to his bowl just before feeding it to him. Although he doesn’t really have a sweet tooth, this is the only dessert he would have!
Sooji Kheer for babies is a quick fix and a nice change from their savory meals.
Once older, you can also prepare sabudana kheer for babies by adding some sago pearls in this kheer recipe.
How to Serve Sooji Kheer?
There are different preferences for eating kheer. My husband always prefers cool desserts and likes to refrigerate kheer in advance as it forms an “Indian ice cream”. While me, on the other hand, like this Sooji Kheer warm and topped with cashew nuts 🙂
Serve this either with hot puris or just on its own, I’m sure you will love this!
Signing off now! xx
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