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What is Suji in English?

If you want to try your hand at Indian cuisine, you may find recipes that call for suji or rawa. Suji in English is granulated wheat, better known as semolina.

You may also see it spelt as sooji, but both suji and sooji are Hindi words. You will commonly find that the word suji is used in North India, whereas rawa is used in South India.


A traditional breakfast dish in India is Upma, which originated in South India. It is almost like a thick oatmeal, but with a savory twist.

You can get very creative with this and add in whatever flavors you like, so you can tweak it to match your preferences. 

Semolina Upma Photo

To make upma you will need:

  • Suji or semolina
  • Olive oil
  • Indian mustard seed
  • Urad dal
  • Curry leaves
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Frozen peas
  • Salt
  • Plain yogurt
  • Cashews, nuts or fruit to garnish
Semolina Upma Photo
Semolina Upma Picture
Semolina Upma Image

Rava Laddoo

Rava Laddoo is a highly popular sweet dish in India which is quick and easy to make, but tastes wonderful.

To make it you will need:

  • Suji or semolina
  • Ghee
  • Sugar
  • Milk 
  • Cashews
  • Raisins
Semolina Upma Image