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Semolina

Ingredients:

  • rolled oats/oatmeal or ground semolina – both available at health food shops and some supermarkets)
  • turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, ground ginger, saffron (optional)
  • fresh dates and/or raisins
  • raw or preferably unprocessed sugar (Rapadura or Muscovado)

How to Make:

In a saucepan, before turning on any heat…

  • add about 1/2 a cup per person of oats or semolina
  • add milk according to the consistency you like (usually about double the quantity of oats or semolina* If trying to lose weight, instead of using skim milk, use 1/2 milk and 1/2 water
  • Stir the mixture to an even consistency before adding heat (this will reduce lumps)
  • Put on low/medium heat and while regularly stirring…
  • Add cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric & ground ginger – 1-2 pinches per person
  • Saffron – 4-5 hairs (optional)
  • 1-2 dates cut into small pieces or 15- 20 raisins
  • Sugar to taste
  • Continue stirring (and adding more milk or hot water if needed) until cooked.

This will be just a few minutes with semolina or oatmeal but longer with rolled oats (see packet).

Ingredients

  • fresh ginger (fruit & vegie shop)
  • turmeric, coriander, cumin seeds, others you like (supermarket)
  • black mustard seeds, asoefitida/hing (Indian/ Asian market/grocers)
  • semolina (coarse best) or cous cous (both in supermarket/health shop)

Quantities: based on 2 people

Pre-preparation

  • have all spices ready in advance
  • finely cut/grate fresh ginger – approx. 1 tspn
  • cut vegies
  • boil water in a pot/kettle (to add to food while cooking)
  • i. Cous cous (wash 2 large handfuls and drain) ii. Semolina (dry roast until light brown)

In a saucepan

  1. pour in some oil (olive etc) – approx 3 tspn or according to recommendation
  2. heat oil on low/medium heat
  3. Add black mustard seeds – approx ¾ tspn (have lid on!!!)
  4. Wait until seeds have danced (popped)
  5. Add cumin seeds – ¾ tspn
  6. Add fresh ginger
  7. Add turmeric – approx. ¼ teaspoon
  8. Add asoefitida/hing – 1-2 pinch (small quantity)
  9. Add other spices you wish – coriander, cloves etc
  10. add vegies and stir into spices (brings flavour into)
  11. add water (hot) and cook
  12. when veggies are 3-4 minutes from being cooked add semolina or cous cous plus enough hot water for the consistency you like
  13. stir regularly adding water when needed until cooked – 3-4 minutes

*** add salt near end of cooking

Notes:

This is a general guide only – vary to suit

Add chutneys, churnas etc to taste