godhuma rava payasam

Wheat Rava Payasam | Godhuma Rava Payasam with Jaggery

By Swasthi on July 13, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Wheat rava payasam – Godhuma rava payasam made with milk, jaggery, nuts and ghee. This is a simple, easy and quick sweet recipe that you can try for any festive occasion. Wheat rava is similar to semolina but with much of the bran intact. So it is much more nutritious and is considered to be a healthy substitute to semolina or bombay rava.

Wheat rava payasam

Wheat rava can be used to make khichdi, upma, pongal and many more dishes. Infact it can easily replace the refined rava – i.e suji or bombay rava in most recipes.

I made this wheat rava payasam a few times before and found to be delicious and good dish that doesn’t need refined sugar as jaggery is used.

I always prefer to make syrup for any payasam that is made with jaggery. The jaggery syrup enhances the taste of the payasam and also keeps it fresh for long time.

However if you like to skip this step, you can but make sure the jaggery is clean and free from any debris.

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Preparation for wheat rava payasam

1. Wash wheat rava and dal a few times. Drain and set aside. You can also soak for 30 mins if you desire. I did not soak them. Grate jaggery and add it to a pan. I used unrefined jaggery so it is moist.

Add jaggery

2. Pour about 3 to 4 tbsp water.

Add water

3. Heat on a medium flame and cook until the syrup turns sticky. It doesn’t need any string consistency. Set this aside to cool completely.

cook until the syrup turns sticky

4. Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan or pot. Fry the cashews until slightly golden. Then add in raisins and stir.

Fry the cashews

5. They will turn plump very soon, then remove to a plate and keep aside.


How to make wheat rava payasam

6. To the same pan, add wheat rava.

add wheat rava

7. Add moong dal.

Add moong dal

8. Fry on a medium heat until golden and aromatic.


9. Pour water and stir well. Cook covered until the water is absorbed completely.

Pour water

10. Next pour milk and stir well.

pour milk

11. Cook on a low flame stirring often until the rava is cooked and soft. If needed add more milk. I did not add more milk but cooked on a low flame.


12. Add cardamom powder. Turn off the heat.

Add cardamom powder

13. The jaggery syrup must be cooled completely. Then filter it to the rava payasam.

add jaggery syrup

14. Mix well and cook no further. The payasam has to be thick but of pouring consistency. It will thicken slightly after cooling. Pour some ghee if desired.


Garnish rava payasam with cashews and raisins. Serve warm or cold.

godhuma rava payasam

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wheat rava payasam

Wheat Rava Payasam Recipe | Godhuma Rava Payasam

Rava payasam is a simple sweet dish made with whole wheat semolina, jaggery, ghee and nuts. It can be prepared even with sugar. 
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

Ingredients for rava payasam

  • ½ cup wheat rava or daliya or godhuma rava
  • 2 tbsp moong dal (optional, use up to 4 tbsps if you like)
  • ½ to ¾ cup jaggery (I used ½ unrefined jaggery)
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder or elaichi powder
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk full fat
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 10 cashews split or chopped or as needed
  • 10 raisins or as needed


Preparation for rava payasam

  • Wash rava and dal until the water runs clear. Drain and set aside.
  • Grate jaggery and add to a small pan with little water. Boil it until the jaggery melts and turns sticky. You don’t need to check any string consistency. Set this aside and cool completely.

Making wheat rava payasam

  • Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pot and fry the cashews until light golden. Then add raisins and fry until they turn plump. Set aside in a plate.
  • To the same pot add rava and dal. Fry until golden on a medium flame. Keep frying till a nice aroma comes out from the rava and ghee.
  • Pour 2 cups of water and mix well. Cover and cook on a medium to low flame until the water is absorbed completely.
  • Pour 2 cups of milk and mix well. Cook on a low to medium heat till the rava is cooked completely and it turns soft. 
  • If needed pour more milk to adjust the consistency. The mixture must be thick but of runny consistency as it turns thick after cooling. Add cardamom powder. Turn off the stove.
  • Make sure the jaggery syrup is cooled completely. Filter to the cooked rava. You can also add grated jaggery directly at this stage.
  • Mix well and cook no further. Pour some ghee if desired. Garnish with cashews and raisins.
  • Serve wheat rava payasam hot or warm. If offering to god for puja cool the rava payasam completely.


Make sure the jaggery syrup is cooled completely before adding to the payasam.
You can also add jaggery directly to the payasam without making syrup but the payasam made with thickened jaggery syrup tastes best.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Wheat Rava Payasam Recipe | Godhuma Rava Payasam
Amount Per Serving
Calories 367 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 60mg3%
Potassium 292mg8%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 157mg16%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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seems delicious..can i give this to my 2 year old boy for breakfast?

thnx alot for reply and one more question.can u please guide me how often should i give semolina to my 2 yr son.as he like it in breakfast and i use refine one because wheat semolina is not available here

thnk u very much for kind reply and guidance

5 stars
Yummy, Seems delicious!