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BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series — Around the World in 30 days

Country: O for Oman

Dish: Khabeesa (Cream of Wheat Pudding)

We are moving on to Oman today. This is the only country that I know of that starts with an O, so I’m pretty sure what most of my fellow BMers have picked today 🙂

Oman is an Arab state in Southwest Asia. Oman is an absolute monarchy in which the Sultan of Oman exercises ultimate authority, but its parliament has some legislative and oversight powers.

Omani cuisine is very similar to most of the Middle eastern cuisines. Dishes are based around chicken, fish, lamb as well as the staple of rice. Most Omani dishes contain a rich mixture of spices, herbs and marinades.

This was one dish I had my mom make in India since we had all of the ingredients at home. It is a semolina halwa very similar to the one made in India. Only difference I noticed is that semolina is usually roasted in ghee in the Indian version giving it more flavor. But the Omani version has lot of flavorings, rose water, saffron and ground cardamom. It is a very flavorful dessert that takes hardly any time to put together.

Recipe adapted from here.

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Khabeesa (Cream of Wheat Pudding) Yum
Khabeesa (Cream of Wheat Pudding)
Course dessert
Cuisine oman
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Semolina Sooji Fine /
  • cups Milk
  • ½ cup Condensed Milk
  • 2 tbsp Butter Ghee /
  • ½ tsp Cardamom Ground
  • 1 tbsp Rose Water
  • a pinch Saffron - crumbled
Course dessert
Cuisine oman
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Semolina Sooji Fine /
  • cups Milk
  • ½ cup Condensed Milk
  • 2 tbsp Butter Ghee /
  • ½ tsp Cardamom Ground
  • 1 tbsp Rose Water
  • a pinch Saffron - crumbled
Khabeesa (Cream of Wheat Pudding)
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, combine semolina and milk; bring to a boil.
  2. Add condensed milk, butter/ ghee, cardamom, rose water and saffron. Cook on low flame for 4~5 minutes.
  3. Transfer to serving bowls and let cool slightly before eating. The pudding will thicken as it cools.
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15 thoughts on “Oman — Khabeesa (Cream of Wheat Pudding)”

  1. Such a simple and elegant picture you got there pavani..it’s always tricky to capture glass, yet you do it so well all the time..

  2. Love this simple dessert and the way you have presented it…Pavani since the semolina is not roasted, does the raw taste gets away with saffron , nuts etc?

  3. omg this khabeesa looks so divine and wonderful capture with neat food styling done 🙂 very beautiful and tempting they look !!

  4. Vaishali, it doesn’t taste raw since it is cooked through in the milk. I don’t usually roast sooji when making upma and it never tastes raw, so this didn’t seem too different.

  5. I like the aroma when suji is roasted like Vaishali even I think otherwise its raw. Maybe … Anyway this looks deliciously yummy.

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