Ravo - Parsi Semolina Pudding


Some days in the year are happier than others... some days, more fun... some days, sweeter... this is one of those days..

On any occasion that is to be celebrated, the day starts with a bite of sweet... Ravo is a Parsi sweet dish that is traditionally served as breakfast on "good" days.. birthdays and such... but it's too comforting and smile-inducing to be relegated to just those.. :)

On any day that I feel like being happy, I start with a bit of this sweet..

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Ravo (Parsi Semolina Pudding)

1 cup super fine semolina
3/4 cup part sugar
2 cups hot milk
pinch of saffron
5T + 2T ghee (clarified brown butter)
1/4 cup assorted nuts and raisins for garnish

Add the saffron to the hot milk and set aside to steep. In a wide, heavy bottomed vessel, melt 4 tablespoons of ghee over low heat. Slowly pour the semolina and gently toast until the raw smell leaves, about 3 minutes. Add the sugar and toss for another 3-4 minutes.

Pour the milk into the mixture, while continously whisking to prevent lumps. Keep stirring until the mixture thickens to a consistency of grits. Remove from flame and stir in the remaining tablespoon of ghee.

As the semolina cooks, heat a heavy bottomed frying pan on low heat and melt 2 tablespoons of ghee. Add the nuts and lightly toast them and set aside.

To serve, ladle out the pudding in bowls and top with the toasted nuts.