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Semolina Pudding with Blueberry Jam

Here is a delicious recipe that brings back childhood memories: semolina pudding with jam, presented step-by-step in both in the classic and vegan (dairy-free) versions.

This recipe is one of my favorites, always reminding me fondly of my childhood days, when my grandmother used to prepare a delicious semolina pudding with milk, served with homemade strawberry or cherry jam. Memories full of warmth and the flavor of childhood…

Semolina Pudding with Blueberry Jam Recipe

The preparation of semolina pudding is extremely simple and quick, needing only four basic ingredients: semolina, milk, vanilla extract and jam or jam. Since the jam is already sweet enough, I did not add sugar to the semolina. You can enjoy it with any jam you want!

Of course, I have adapted this recipe for those with special diets as well, so although the traditional recipe uses cow’s milk, you can also opt for a vegan (dairy-free) version, using vegetable milk.

Semolina Pudding with Homemade Blueberry Jam Teaspoon

Tips and tricks for the creamiest semolina pudding

Here are some tricks and tips to get the creamiest and smoothest semolina pudding:

  • Choice of milk: Use a quality milk with a higher fat content. If you use cow’s milk, I recommend that it be min. 3.5% fat. If you choose the dairy-free option, then you can use coconut or cashew milk to obtain a smooth and rich texture. These types of milk can add a delicate and creamy note to semolina.
  • Liquid-to-semolina ratio: Adjust the proportions of liquid and semolina according to your preference for consistency. If you want a creamier pudding, you can add more milk and reduce the amount of semolina or, on the contrary, you can use more semolina for a thicker and more consistent result. For a creamier semolina with milk, the ratio is 1:10 (semolina:milk), and for a fine but more solid one, the ratio is 2:10 (semolina:milk), that is, 100g of semolina per 1L of milk and respectively 200g of semolina per 1 L of milk.
  • Using vanilla extract: Add vanilla extract to enhance the aroma and taste of this pudding. A teaspoonful is usually enough to bring out the sweet and fragrant notes.
  • Constant temperature and mixing: Boil the milk over medium heat and gradually add the semolina, stirring continuously to avoid the formation of lumps. A moderate temperature and constant mixing ensures a uniform texture without lumps.
  • The right cooking time: Let the semolina boil on low heat to thicken and absorb all the flavor of the milk and vanilla. It is important to stir from time to time to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pot and to ensure even cooking.
  • Additional flavoring: You can add an additional note of flavor by including spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg, or by adding some grated citrus peels during cooking.
  • The perfect serving: After the pudding is ready, you can serve it warm or cold, depending on your preferences. For extra flavor, add a spoonful of jam on top.

Follow these tips and you will get a creamy, smooth, delicious and healthy semolina pudding, perfect to be enjoyed at any time of the day!

Semolina Pudding with Homemade Blueberry Jam Top view

Customization options for semolina pudding

Regarding customization options, here are some suggestions to adapt this easy semolina pudding recipe according to your tastes and preferences:

  • Adding fresh fruit: Try different combinations of fresh fruit to add more freshness and sweetness to the dessert. For example, you can add slices of seasonal fruit, such as bananas, strawberries, kiwi or mango.
  • Using nuts or seeds: Experiment with new textures and flavors by including crunchy nuts or seeds. You can add hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds or sesame seeds to get an interesting contrast of textures and a nutritional boost.
  • Variants of jam or syrup: Experiment with different types of jam or syrups to change the taste and aroma of the dessert. You can try versions with strawberry, blueberry, raspberry jam or with maple or chocolate syrup to get new and delicious combinations. Try my rose petal jam for an elegant touch.
  • Flavoring with extracts or spices: Another option is the addition of natural extracts or spices to highlight certain flavors and bring a touch of originality to the dessert. You can try adding vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger or cardamom to add more flavor and depth to the taste.
How To Make Semolina Pudding

Exploring Semolina Pudding Varieties: From Chocolate Indulgence to Citrus Delights

  1. Chocolate Semolina Pudding: A delightful twist on the traditional pudding, this variation incorporates rich cocoa powder or melted chocolate for a decadent chocolatey flavor. It’s perfect for those with a sweet tooth and a love for chocolate desserts.
  2. Coconut Semolina Pudding: Infused with the tropical essence of coconut, this variation offers a creamy texture and a subtle hint of coconut flavor. It’s a refreshing and exotic take on the classic dessert, ideal for coconut enthusiasts.
  3. Dutch Semolina Pudding: Hailing from the Netherlands, Dutch pudding with semolina, or “griesmeelpudding,” is often flavored with vanilla and served with a warm berry compote or a dusting of cinnamon. It’s a comforting and nostalgic treat reminiscent of home-cooked meals.
  4. German Semolina Pudding: Known as “Grießbrei” in German cuisine, this pudding is often sweetened with sugar and flavored with vanilla or cinnamon. It’s a popular dessert or breakfast dish, sometimes served with fruit compote or a dollop of jam.
  5. Greek Semolina Pudding: Also known as “halva” or “samali,” this Greek pudding is infused with citrus flavors like orange or lemon zest and often topped with a honey syrup or chopped nuts. It’s a fragrant and moist dessert with a delightful balance of sweet and tangy notes.
  6. Indian Semolina Pudding: In Indian cuisine, “suji ka halwa,” is a beloved dessert made by cooking semolina with ghee, sugar, and milk. It’s flavored with aromatic spices like cardamom and often garnished with nuts such as almonds or pistachios.
  7. Italian Semolina Pudding: In Italy, “semolino dolce,” is prepared with milk, sugar, and vanilla, resulting in a creamy and comforting dessert. It can be served warm or chilled, sometimes topped with fresh berries or a dusting of cocoa powder.
  8. Lebanese Semolina Pudding: Lebanese “meghli,” is a traditional dessert flavored with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise. It’s often served during festive occasions, such as births or holidays, and topped with shredded coconut or nuts.
  9. Lemon Semolina Pudding: Bursting with citrusy freshness, this pudding is infused with vibrant lemon zest and juice, lending a zesty and uplifting flavor to the dessert. It’s a light and refreshing variation, perfect for brightening up any meal.
  10. Protein Semolina Pudding: A healthier twist on traditional pudding, protein semolina pudding incorporates protein powder or Greek yogurt for added protein content. It’s a nutritious and satisfying option for those looking to boost their protein intake while indulging in a creamy and delicious dessert.
Semolina Pudding with Homemade Blueberry Jam Bite

Are you looking for other semolina recipes? Also try upma or the semolina cake.

Semolina Pudding Recipe with Blueberry Jam gris cu lapte si dulceata

Semolina Pudding
Here is a delicious recipe that brings back childhood memories: semolina pudding with jam, presented step-by-step in both in the classic and vegan (dairy-free) versions.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine European
Servings 4
Calories 392 kcal


  • 200 g semolina
  • 1 L milk use dairy-free alternatives if needed
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp jam I used blueberry jam, but you can use any jam you like
  • 1-2 lemon slices


  • Pour milk into a medium pot and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Add vanilla essence.
  • Slowly sprinkle semolina while continuously whisking.
  • Remove from heat after 10 minutes. The texture should be a little thicker than sour cream.
  • Let it cool down for a while.
  • Serve warm or cold with jam and lemon slices on top.


Calories: 392kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 15gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 105mgPotassium: 496mgFiber: 2gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 418IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 330mgIron: 2mg
Keyword jam, milk, pudding, semolina
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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 12th of March 2024

Like my grandma used to make!


Wednesday 6th of February 2019

Just cooked and tried this, portion sizes great for 2 of us; just enough left over to try cold later.

Tried with raspberry jam first of all on top and then mixed into the semolina (much better), do not go crazy with how much you put on.

Recipe could not be clearer or simpler, thank you.

Ruxandra Micu

Sunday 21st of April 2019

Hi, Robert, I'm very happy you enjoyed it, raspberry jam is one of my favorites as well! :)


Saturday 14th of April 2018

My grandma used to make this too for me! In my case she served it with strawberry jam and fresh fruits. Love it!


Saturday 14th of April 2018

Delicious! Never tried it with fresh fruits but I bet it is amazing.


Saturday 16th of March 2013

This must be my all-time favourite dessert and my favourite vegan version is with creamy coconut milk. I only make this pudding with very coarse semolina and the fat in coconut milk keeps the grains separated. I love to add molasses, cinnamon or berry jam sometimes. Gorgeous pictures...and so tempting!:)


Sunday 17th of March 2013

Thanks Adriana! I love coconut milk, your recipe version sounds delicious! I'm gonna give it a try :D


Friday 20th of July 2012

nice posting thanks for sharing