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Semolina Drink or Thari Kanji – Rava Kanji


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.

Preparation Picture

Cooking Semolina

making semolina-kanji

After adding milk/coconut milk

making semolina kanji

Making seasoning

making the seasoning

Semolina Drink or Thari Kanji - Rava Kanji
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 People
For making semolina kanji
  • 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- around ½ cup (based on your sweet level)
  • Coconut milk- ½ cup
  • Salt- ¼ tsp
For making seasoning
  • Ghee- 2 tbsp
  • Shallots or small onions, chopped- 2
  • Raisins- 1 tbsp
  • Almonds or cashewnuts- 1 tbsp
  1. Place a saucepan over medium heat, add semolina, vermicelli, water and smashed cardamom to the pan.
  2. Cook the semolina in water for a few minutes, keep stirring as the mixture will thicken.
  3. Add the milk, salt and sugar, combine well and let the milk come to a slight boil, keep stirring.
  4. Add coconut milk, keep stirring and let cook for a couple of minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat, keep covered.
Making the seasoning
  1. Heat a frying pan over medium heat, add ghee.
  2. Add shallots, raisins and almonds or cashew nuts to it, saute till shallots turn light golden in color.
  3. Pour this seasoning into the prepared semolina milk mixture.
  4. Keep covered for a few minutes.
  5. Serve warm or you could chill it and serve.
  6. When this semolina kanji is allowed to stand for a while, it will thicken. Before serving you could add more water or milk and microwave or heat it.



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