A very simple, light and delicious pudding that is quick to make and perfect for a refreshing after-meal dessert.
500ml whole milk
2 heaped tbsp. fine semolina/sooji
5-6 tbsp. sugar (adjust to taste)
1 tsp. vanilla essence
a few drops of red food coloring
1 scoop of vanilla ice-cream (optional)
crushed nuts for garnishing
Mix the semolina in some of the milk to form a thick paste.
Pour the rest of the milk into a pan, add the sugar and red food coloring (just enough to turn the milk a nice pink color). Bring to a boil and then add the semolina paste and the vanilla essence. Keep the heat on low and simmer gently whilst stirring until it thickens. This should take about 5-8 minutes to reach the consistency of custard pudding.
If you prefer it thicker, simply mix some more semolina in a bit of milk and add it in, simmer some more. If you want it thinner, add a bit of milk and boil for a bit. Keep in mind that the pudding will thicken some more as it cools in the fridge once it is done.
Turn off the heat, add the scoop of vanilla ice-cream and stir until it has melted into the mixture. This adds some extra richness and flavor to the pudding. Now pour the pudding into serving bowls, garnish with nuts and allow to cool. Cover and refrigerate until cold. Serve!