• 1 1/2 cups sooji (semolina)
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 3/4 cup mixture of cashews (coarsely chopped ) and whole raisins/sultanas
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 pods green cardamom split open
  • Coarsely chopped dried fruits or nuts for garnish



  • Heat a deep pan over medium heat and when it is hot, add the ghee. When the ghee melts, add the sooji and stir to mix well.
  • Roast the sooji (stirring frequently) until it begins to turn a very light golden color and gives off a faint aroma. This aroma is enough to make your mouth water! The roasted sooji will have the grainy consistency of wet sand at the beach.
  • Add the cashews and raisins to the sooji and mix well.
  • While you are roasting the sooji, in a separate pot over medium heat, bring the water, milk, sugar and cardamom to a rolling boil, stirring often. 
  • This next step involves much bubbling and splashing so be prepared and careful! When the sooji is roasted, gently add the water-milk mixture, stirring all the while to prevent lumps from forming. Sometimes it helps to have a cooking partner who will pour while you stir. If any lumps do form, make sure to break them with the back of the stirring spoon so you get a smooth paste-like consistency.
  • Cook the mixture until it is thick and begins to come away from the sides of the pan.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool to lukewarm. Serve in individual bowls, garnished with coarsely chopped dried fruit or nuts if desired.

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