Indian Pudding, kheer, Sooji, Rava, Indian, Semolina, Instant Rava Payasam Recipe

Creamy Semolina Pudding with Fruit and Nuts

The Indian semolina pudding is an absolute classic known as sooji kheer or rava kheer. This instant version takes just 20 minutes and makes a creamy, rich, sweet and smooth dessert that can be had warm in winter and cold in summer. Often made during the festive season in India this is an absolute treat any time of the year.
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Indian, Middle Eastern
Keyword: Indian, Indian semolina pudding, Indian Sooji Kheer, Payasam, Rava Kheer, Semolina pudding, Sooji kheer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 179kcal
Author: Veena Azmanov


  • 4 tbsp Semolina
  • 240 ml Evaporated milk
  • 120 ml Sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 tbsp Ghee or unsalted butter
  • 10 Blanched almonds and pistachios
  • 20 Raisins
  • 4 Dates
  • 1/8 tsp Cardamon powder pinch
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract OR
  • 1/4 tsp Rose extract optional
  • 1 pinch Saffron / zaffron strands - pinch optional


Toast Nuts

  • In a non-stick pan over low heat.
  • Add 2 tbsp Ghee or butter and saute the nuts and fruits.
  • You want them lightly toasted.
  • Remove and set aside

Roast Semolina

  • In the same pan - add the remaining Ghee or butter
  • Add semolina. Stir constantly and saute for about 3 minutes.
  • Keep the heat low at all times. You want to cook and coat each grain lightly with the fat without making it brown.
  • Remove and set aside with the nuts.


  • In the same pan on medium to low heat.
  • Add the evaporated milk, condensed milk, cardamom powder, flavoring, and saffron.
  • Bring to a gentle boil making sure it does not boil over.
  • Taste for sweetness. If you want you can add more sugar or condensed milk.
  • Slowly add the semolina in the milk and let cook for about 2 to 3 minutes stirring often.
  • It will absorb the milk and become thick and creamy.
  • Add the fruit and nuts saving a few aside for garnish.

Consistency and Serve

  • Semolina has the tendency to thicken as it sits in milk.
  • Check consistency before you serve - if you need, add more water or milk to bring to consistency.
  • Serve garnished with some sliced almonds, dates and a few saffron strands.


Serving: 70g | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.9g | Protein: 5.1g | Fat: 8.3g | Saturated Fat: 4.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 17.1g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg