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SemolinaHindi Name: Suji

Also popularly called as semolina or rava, Suji is made from dried durum wheat. The colour of the Rava depends on the quality of wheat. Semolina is usually yellow in colour when made from Durum wheat. When made from softer wheat types, the colour is white. It is available all-year round.


It is commonly used in making pasta, puddings, cereals and couscous. It is an essential battering ingredient in many Indian dishes. A fine version of Suji is used for batters, whereas a coarser form is used as an ingredient. Semolina is used in various forms in various cuisines. In North Western Europe and North America, Semolina is served as a dessert, boiled in milk. Italians use semolina while making gnocchi and pasta. It is sprinkled over the recipe to avoid sticking. In south Indian cuisine, semolina is used to prepare savoury dishes like Rava Dosa, Upma and Kesari, a mildly spiced dessert-cum-sweet dish. It is used to make the ever so popular, Suji ka Halwa.

Semolina gives a tender texture with a pleasant taste while preparing pasta. In many Western countries, Semolina is flavoured with Vanilla and served as jam or red-currant sauce. To prevent sticking, Semolina is used as an alternative as the baking flour. A small portion of durum semolina is added to the mix flour to make the bread crust tasty.

Nutritional Value

1. Made from durum wheat, Semolina digests slowly making you feel full for a longer duration of time.
2. Thanks to its potassium content, Semolina improves kidney function.
3. Semolina is a good source of several B-Complex vitamins [thiamine, folate] and Vitamin E, which help to support your metabolism and in building the immune system of the body.
4. It is rich in minerals, such as phosphorus, zinc and magnesium which help strengthen the bones and improves the nervous system.
5. It is a quick and nourishing source of energy.
6. It is rich in iron.

Caution: Semolina contains gluten, which makes it unsafe for those suffering from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

Recipes using Semolina

  • Recipe of Semolina Oregano Popcorns

    Semolina Oregano Popcorns

    Beautiful corn kernels are wrapped in semolina batter, infused with milk, herbs and red chillies, deep fried to a crispy perfection.
  • Recipe of Kane Rava Fry

    Kane Rava Fry

    Relish the taste of this authentic fish curry all the way from Karnataka. Lady fish marinated in fiery red chilli paste, coated in semolina and fried to a golden glory.
  • Recipe of Rava Kheer

    Rava Kheer

    An easy to make Indian dessert full with the goodness of dry fruits, milk, semolina and aromatic cardamoms.
  • Recipe of Kaithine Pachile

    Kaithine Pachile

    A special South Indian seafood delicacy. Soft and tender mussels added in a blend of lime juice and hot masalas, wrapped in semolina and deep fried.
  • Recipe of Ravo


    A traditional Parsi dessert made with semolina, cream, milk and rose water.
  • Recipe of Rava Dosa

    Rava Dosa

    A South Indian breakfast classic! Paper thin dosas made with semolina or sooji.
  • Recipe of Bolo De Rulao (Semolina Cake)

    Bolo De Rulao (Semolina Cake)

    Bolo de Rulao is a coconut and semolina cake which is also called Bolo de Batica.This is a Goan cake recipe. In Portuguese language 'bolo' means cake.
  • Recipe of Karwari Prawns

    Karwari Prawns

    Executive Chef Hemant Oberoi of the Taj Mahal Hotel shares his recipe of crisp semolina coated karwari prawns.
  • Recipe of Baked Karanji

    Baked Karanji

    Whole wheat and semolina dough parcels stuffed with almonds and raisins. Baked and dipped in honey.
  • Recipe of Masala Fried Pomfret

    Masala Fried Pomfret

    A very easy to make masala fish marinated in a range of spices and coated in semolina before frying. Served with a sweet and tangy warm cabbage and kiwi salad.
  • Recipe of Gud Ka Halwa

    Gud Ka Halwa

    Indian dessert made with semolina, jaggery and loads of nuts. This halwa is perfect to ward off cold and cough blues.
  • Recipe of Karare Murgh ke Pasande

    Karare Murgh ke Pasande

    Chicken breast marinated in a herb based coconut-y paste, coated in semolina and pan fried. A crisp treat that is perfect for a dinner party. Simple to cook yet fancy to serve!
  • Recipe of Khajuri


    Khajuri is a popular Nepalese fried sweet. It is made with maida, semolina and ghee.
  • Recipe of Masala Rava Idli

    Masala Rava Idli

    Idlis made with semolina (rava) but with added flavors of peppers, curry leaves and mustard seeds.
  • Recipe of Greek Cake

    Greek Cake

    A moist and delicious Greek cake made with semolina and citrus flavors. Topped with pomegranate kernels and rum.
  • Recipe of Rawa Upma

    Rawa Upma

    A delicious south Indian breakfast dish made with semolina, vegetables and topped with some grated coconut.
  • Recipe of Kesari (Semolina Pudding)

    Kesari (Semolina Pudding)

    Kesari is a delectable Indian dessert made with sooji, saffron, nuts and the richness of ghee.
  • Recipe of Upma


    A delicious South Indian breakfast dish made with urad dal, semolina, vegetables and curd.
  • Recipe of Rava Ladoo

    Rava Ladoo

    Delicious semolina ladoos made with some crunchy dry fruits.
  • Recipe of Gur Aur Atte Ka Halwa

    Gur Aur Atte Ka Halwa

    Wheat flour, semolina and jaggery come together to make a quick and easy halwa.
  • Recipe of Guilt Free Karwari Prawns

    Guilt Free Karwari Prawns

    Marinated in a mixture of delicious flavours, prawns are dipped in semolina and fried crisp.
  • Recipe of Sultanpur Style Suji Ka Halwa

    Sultanpur Style Suji Ka Halwa

    Easy-breezy and so delicious. Semolina halwa made with dry coconut, raisins, almonds and cashew nuts.
  • Recipe of Mathi


    Ajwain flavoured batter of flour and semolina fried into bite sized snacks.
  • Recipe of Suji Ka Halwa

    Suji Ka Halwa

    Semolina and sugar syrup dessert flavored with cardamom and garnished with almonds.
  • Recipe of Namak Pare

    Namak Pare

    Munch on these semolina snacks on a rainy day with a hot cup of tea.
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