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Name of Event

Deepavali (Diwali) - the festival of lights

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Traditional semolina sweet flavoured with raisins and nuts


Yield 4
Preparation time 5 mins
Cooking time 30 mins
Main Ingredient Semolina


  • 1⁄2 lb (250 gms) semolina /sooji / fine split wheat
  • 5 tbs clarified butter or ghee
  • 1 cup sugar to taste
  • 4 green cardamom pods crushed
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 10 almonds
  • 10 cashews
  • 12 raisins
  • 1 pinch orange food color/ saffron
  • 1⁄2 cup  milk


  1. Using a thick bottom pot  warm the clarified butter/ghee.
  2. Fry the almonds and cashews till golden brown. Add the raisins, they need to be fried and removed quickly. Set aside to garnish later.
  3. In the same pot with the ghee add cinnamon sticks and cardamom, these spices give a lot of flavor to the dish.
  4. In another pot make sugar syrup by heating ½ to 1 cup water and sugar together.
  5. Add the sooji/ semolina to the original pot. Saute the sooji/ semolina in ghee before adding the sugar syrup. Add this sugar syrup and an additional 2 cups of warm water. Cook slowly and saute on low flame, stirring occasionally till it is slightly brown and emanates a pleasant aroma.
  6. Keep stirring the sooji while cooking on low flame and check for sweetness. Adjust sugar to taste.
  7. When the sooji/ semolina absorbs all the syrup it is  cooked, add the saffron and mix in ½ cup of milk.
  8. Keep stirring till a good consistency is formed (see picture above). The sooji dessert is now done.
  9. Garnish with golden almonds, cashews and raisins and serve warm.

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