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PREPARATION AND COOKING TIME: 30 mins.
YIELD: 5 sevings

    • Boil covered for a few minutes:
      • 2 1/4 cups water/milk (or whey or half water/half milk);
      • 1 cup sugar;
      • 3 x 1/2 in strip of orange zest if using water;
    • Remove orange before adding to farina;
    • Slowly cook whilst stiring on medium heat for 10 mins (lower heat for longer time = lighter colour):
      • 1 stick (1/4 lb) butter (lightly salted or unsalted) or 1/2 cup ghee;
      • 1 cup farina (fine semolina - pasta flour);
      • 1/4 tsp ea freshly ground:
        • nutmeg, cinnamon;
      • 8 cloves;
      • 1 tsp ground cardamon seeds (12 pods);
    • 1/2 way through cooking optionally add:
      • 1/4 cup nuts/coconut;
      • 1/8 cup currants/raisins;
    • Slowly add the boiling water/sugar mixture to the farina;
    • Turn the flame back up to medium, and stir until thick (10 min);
    • Cover and cook very slowly for 5 mins;
    • Turn off heat and leave covered for 10 minutes;
    • Garnish with slivered toasted almonds;
    • Serve while still warm.

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