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Posted On: 2 September 2020 10:30 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 10:30 am

Qatar Home Cook Series- Deepshikha Sahni and Naina Sahni

Kim Wyatt
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This week in our Qatar Home Cooks series, we’re featuring our first home cooking duo! Meet Deepshikha Sahni and Naina Sahni - a mother and daughter team with their recipe for an easy and quick semolina dessert.

Our cooking series features Qatar’s diverse and talented home chefs with a passion for food. If you’d like to be featured in our series, please share your food photo on Instagram and tag @ilqlive, @mama_baba_ganoush plus the hashtag #qatarhomecooks.

Name: Deepshikha Sahni and Naina Sahni

  • Country: India
  • Occupation: Program Manager and Student
  • How long have you lived in Qatar? 13 years

1. Has COVID-19 changed the way you cook at home? The pandemic has taught us to relish simple home-cooked meals with the family. It has brought families back together and taught us to appreciate the simple pleasures of life.

2. What is your dish? Suji kheer - a dessert featuring semolina.

3. Why have you chosen this dish? This is an easy sweet treat from India which is super delicious and quick to make with very few ingredients. Perfect for sharing. Enjoy it chilled!

Deepshika and Naina's Semolina/Suji Kheer

Deepshika and Naina's Semolina/Suji Kheer

Cooking Time: 20 mins

Preparation time: 5 mins


  • 1 ltr fresh full cream milk
  • 3 - 4 heaped tbsp condensed milk
  • 4 tsp semolina
  • 3 - 4 teaspoon full-fat cooking cream
  • 15-20 raisins
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • 15 - 20 almonds peeled and chopped (or any other nuts)
  • Optional: 4- 5 pinches saffron


  1. In a large saucepan, add the milk, semolina, saffron (optional), cardamom and raisins.
  2. Stir continuously for 20 minutes on medium to high heat.
  3. Add the condensed milk and cooking cream. Cook for another 2 - 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat. Allow it to cool.
  5. Chill in glass serving bowls and garnish with chopped almonds.

Tip: The kheer needs to be stirred continuously and cooked to a custard-like consistency. It tends to thicken and set once cool/chilled.

What have you been cooking at home? Let us know in the comments section below!