Monday 14 October 2013

Rava Payasam/Semolina/Sooji Kheer [Festival Special]

Wishing all readers and friends a very “Happy Vijayadashami”. Each day of Navaratri is dedicated to one form of Parashakthi. Vijayadashami is the last day of Navaratri on which Durga invoked as Mahishasuramardhini and destroyed all the evil elements and killed Mahishasuran. Not only Durga’s victory over Mahishashuran but also Lord Rama’s victory over the ten headed demon king Ravana is celebrated on this special day. Vijayadashami literally means “victory on the dashmi-the tenth lunar day of the Hindu calendar”.

Vijayadashami marks a new victorious start in South India. It is considered very auspicious day for starting formal education on Vijayadashami. It has been observed as the day of “Vidyarambham”, the “beginning of learning” for centuries. The custom goes by making the children aged two to three years to write their first letters “ohm” and the first alphabet "aah in Tamil" in a plate of raw rice [nellu] by the guru with the right index finger in temples and schools. Students keep their books and workers their tools for puja on the ninth day of Navratri[Ayudha Puja, Saraswathi Puja], these are taken back and used after special puja on the tenth day[Vijayadasami]. Not only studies any form of art like Bharatanatiyam, musical instruments, Carnatic music etc. are started on this auspicious day and special respect and gifts offered to Gurus[teachers]. Check out other Payasam Varieties here.

Here’s how to make Rava Payasam with step by step photos…

½ cup
2 ½ cups
¾ cup
½ cup
¼ tsp [from 4 elachis]
Cashew nuts
10 -12
1 tbsp

Boil the milk and simmer it for some time and keep it aside.

Heat ghee in a thick bottomed vessel, fry the cashew nuts until start turning color, now add the raisins and wait for it to puff up. Switch off the stove and transfer the cashew nuts and raisins to a plate and keep it aside.

In the same pan add the rava/semolina/sooji and roast it for about 2-3 minutes in low flame or until you get nice aroma. Make sure you keep stirring them so that the rava does not get burnt.

Now slowly add the warm water by continuously stirring the rava/sooji in low flame. 

Keep stirring until the rava cooks and make sure no lumps are formed.

Add the sugar and stir it in until dissolved.

Now add the boiled milk and let it cook for another 5-7 minutes. Keep stirring to avoid it from sticking to the bottom or getting burnt.

Finally add the cardamom powder/elachi powder, fried cashew nuts and raisins.

Delicious rava/semolina/sooji payasam is ready for neivedhyam or as a dessert.

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  1. Never made Paaysam with Rava, will definitely give it a try, Happy Dasara!

  2. Reminds me of my school days , my home science teacher made and showed us how to make this kheer.
    It looks yummy ...

  3. Love this rava payasam and every other type. Will always be my fav for the wonderful aroma and scent of ghee and cardamom.

  4. New to me.Tempting payasam

  5. That was a tempting payasam...happy vijayadashami....

  6. payasam is very inviting,festive wishes dear

  7. We make sooji ka halwa , have not heard of sooji ke kheer .. Intresting..
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  8. Its really yummy and inviting

  9. Yummy kheer Priya.
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Payasam with rava is very interesting Happy vijayadashami.

  11. an easy payasam..for a busy festives!

  12. I always love payasam .Healthy sweet with no oil.Love to learn new kind of payasams like this.

  13. Looks Yum! . I have never tried with rava though so far , Tempting payasam

  14. payasam looks delicious and creamy.

  15. thats a jiffy 1 there .. my MILs fav..

  16. totally new to me :) delicious and tempting kheer..

  17. my fav payasam.. looks delicious....

  18. Must try soon.. looks so nice :)

  19. Give me that bowl, am in love with this delicious payasam.

  20. delicious quick dessert to feast the guests, love it...

  21. Yummy Kheer. Thanks for linking it to Gayathri's WTML Event.


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