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Rava (Semolina)

Also Known As : Suji
Technical Name : Triticum turgidum


Taste Profile

It has a slightly nutty and sweet flavor

Usage Tips

  1. Suji can be used to make healthy dishes like chilla, Uttapam, upma, idli and dosa.
  2. Suji can be used to make healthy dishes like chilla, Uttapam, upma, idli and dosa.
  3. Suji ka halwa is yet another a very common and traditional recipe that is made in India.
  4. As an alternative to corn meal, suji can be used to flour the baking surface to prevent sticking.
  5. Semolina is often used as the base for dried products such as couscous.
  6. It can also be used to roll cutlets before shallow frying or frying to give it a characteristic crispiness.
  7. Store it in a cool and dry place in air tight containers.

Common names and forms

  1. Chiroti Raw
  2. Durum Semolina
  3. Durum Wheat Semolina
  4. Durum Wheat semolina Flour
  5. Durum Wheat Semolina Suji/Rawa
  6. Durum Wheat Suji/Rawa
  7. Durum Whole Wheat Semolina
  8. Hard Wheat Semolina / Suji
  9. Idli rawa
  10. Premium Semolina
  11. Rava
  12. Rawa
  13. Roasted Rava
  14. Semolina
  15. Semolina
  16. Semolina (Rawa)
  17. Semolina (Wheat)
  18. Semolina Flour
  19. Sooji
  20. Sooji (Semolina)
  21. Sooji Rawa
  22. Suji
  23. Wheat Semolina
  24. White Rawa
  25. Whole Durum Wheat Semolina


Semolina is a coarse flour made from high protein durum wheat. It has a mild and earthy aroma. It has a very gritty and coarse texture. There are many varieties of suji available in the market. However one of the most commonly known varieties is Bombay Rava or sooji. It is made of whole wheat grain which is granulated and refined. It is generally made of a type of wheat called mottai godumai. Another variety is known as Chamba rava, which is an extract of wheat flour.

Health benefits

  • Suji is a high fiber food that makes it suitable for people trying to lose weight. Fiber has the ability to absorb water and swell up thereby giving a fullness effect. This automatically helps to reduce appetite. (1)
  • Due to its high magnesium content, suji has the ability to increase the response to the insulin hormone. This regulates the blood glucose levels in the body and helps in the management of diabetes. (1)
  • Suji has another essential mineral- iron in it. Iron plays a vital role in managing the symptoms of anemia which occurs as a result of lack of hemoglobin in the blood. (1)
  • Suji contains selenium, vitamin B complex and vitamin E. These nutrients play a vital role in boosting the immunity of an individual and prevent the onset of infections. (2)
  • Suji also contains calcium and magnesium which helps to promote bone health. It improves bone strength by utilizing the calcium for calcification of bones and makes it more rigid. (2)

Selection Guide

Make sure to check for mould growth before buying. Check the pack carefully for its use-by date. There are various varieties of sooji in the market today. The best way to ensure to have the right sooji for your recipe is by buying coarse sooji and using a blender, food processor or a spice grinder to get the consistency you desire


Suji has a high content of gluten. People with gluten sensitivity and celiac disease must not consume suji as it may cause reactive effects like nausea, diarrhea, itching, rashes, dizziness or inflammation of the bowel. (1)

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