Ramadan speciality drink that’s served warm or chilled…
As I have mentioned before that during Ramadan I like dishes that are more liquid in nature, for that reason I love rice porridge or kanji. It’s easier to digest and it’s more healthy. Yet another dish that’s made in my family is a drink made with semolina or it is called thari or rava kanji in Malayalam. My mom makes this quite often and I love it. When I feel lazy to make rice porridge, I make this. It’s easy to make, tastes light and delicious, a large bowl of this imparts the needed energy as well.
After adding milk/coconut milk
- Semolina or Rava - 3 tbsp
- Vermicelli, broken- 2 tbsp (you could use roasted vermicelli)
- Water- 1 cup
- Milk- 1½ cups
- Whole Cardamom, smashed- 1
- Sugar- 2½ tbsp
- Coconut milk- ½ cup
- Salt- a pinch
- Ghee- 1½ tbsp
- Shallots or small onions, chopped- 1
- Raisins- 1 tbsp
- Almonds or cashewnuts- 1 tbsp
- Place a saucepan over medium heat, add semolina, vermicelli, water and smashed cardamom to the pan.
- Cook the semolina in water for a few minutes, keep stirring as the mixture will thicken.
- Add the milk, salt and sugar, combine well and let the milk come to a slight boil, keep stirring.
- Add coconut milk, keep stirring and let cook for a couple of minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat, keep covered.
- Heat a frying pan over medium heat, add ghee.
- Add shallots, raisins and almonds or cashew nuts to it, saute till shallots turn light golden in color.
- Pour this seasoning into the prepared semolina drink or kanji.
- Keep covered for a few minutes.
- Serve warm or you could chill it and serve.
- When this semolina kanji sits for a while, it will thicken. Before serving you could add more water or milk and microwave or heat it.