Cook's Hideout: Oman -- Khabeesa (Cream of Wheat Pudding)

September 17, 2014

Oman -- Khabeesa (Cream of Wheat Pudding)

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.
Oman -- Khabeesa (Cream of Wheat Pudding)

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.
Ingredients: Serves 2~3
Fine Semolina/ Sooji - ½cup
Milk - 1½cups
Condensed Milk - ½cup
Butter/ Ghee - 2tbsp
Ground Cardamom - ½tsp
Rose Water - 1tbsp
Saffron - a pinch, crumbled

  • In a small saucepan, combine semolina and milk; bring to a boil.
  • Add condensed milk, butter/ ghee, cardamom, rose water and saffron. Cook on low flame for 4~5 minutes.
  • Transfer to serving bowls and let cool slightly before eating. The pudding will thicken as it cools.
Oman -- Khabeesa (Cream of Wheat Pudding)



  1. Same pinch Pavani , Yours Khabeesa looks delicious and I like the way you presented it.

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

  3. It looks like sooji halwa. Rose water seems to be a must in all most all of the sweets from this region.

  4. The quick version of the Indian pudding. Very interesting preparation.

  5. Wish i get a small bowl of this pudding, very delicious and beautiful.

  6. So close to our sooji halwa, right? Lovely choice!

  7. 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?

    1. 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.

  8. Lovely choice. I too tried the same dish. :)

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

  10. I am a pudding fanatic and this definitely looks one worth trying

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

  12. Nicely presented pavani, looks really yum, like our sooji ka kheer!!!

  13. Beautifully presented PAvani.Simple and flavorful dessert...


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