Sooji Ka Halwa is a delicious dessert made on festive and auspicious occasions as offering to God or celebrating big and small achievements of your loved ones. It is one of the simplest and quick recipes that come to your rescue when there are sweet cravings or some surprise guests show up or whenever there is a happy news in the family.I loved Sooji ka Halwa when I was a kid(and still love it!!) and mom made it quite often for Prasad( offering to God) for neighborhood temple. Everyone in my family loves Sooji ka halwa and believe me they can have it any time of the day. This warm and soft dessert is a great comfort food for cold or rainy days, and believe me the heavenly aroma of roasted Sooji/Semolina and ghee (Indian Clarified Butter) soothes your senses and elevates the mood.
It is a must make dessert and Prasad during Navratri in Northern India for Kanya Poojan. Navratis are nine days period of fasting and prayers dedicated to Hindu Goddess Durga and is celebrated all over India. In Northern India, Kanya Poojan is celebrated on the eighth day/ninth day where young girls are worshipped as the form of Goddess Durga and offered Prasad of Kala Channa(Black Chickpeas) and Halwa along with Poori (fried Indian flatbread) and also showered with small gifts.
Only three basic ingredients(sooji/semolina, ghee, sugar) and just 15 minutes all it takes to make this warm and soothing dessert. Though due to use of sugar and ghee it is slightly high in calories but you can always walk/jog an extra mile to burn off those calories!!
Some points to keep in mind while making this:
Take equal proportions of Sooji/Semolina, Sugar i.e ratio of sooji to sugar is 1:1. But if you want you can lessen the quantity of sugar, but for us, this proportion gives the right taste.
Halwa is cooked using water, the ratio of water to sooji is 4:1. This means if you are using 1/2 cup sooji, measure 2 cups of water from the same measuring cup, as the adding less water can make the halwa dry or more water can make it too syrupy and can take longer to cook.
Many people use milk instead of water, but I prefer using water as cooking with milk makes it quite heavy on the stomach and also decreases the shelf life of halwa. And moreover mom made it this way and I am making this way ever since I remember.
Roast sooji on low flame, as it can burn. Keep stirring it while roasting ghee and after adding sugar and water.
Add raisins(if you are using it) when you add water, the raisins cook and soften.
Let’s see the quick and simple way of making this yumm halwa my way!!
Sooji Ka Halwa is a delicious dessert made on festive and auspicious occasions as offering to God or celebrating big and small achievements of your loved ones. Learn how to make Sooji Ka Halwa
- Sooji/Semolina– ½ cup
- Ghee– 2-3 Tbsp or 1/4 cup
- Sugar– ½ cup
- Water–2 cups
- Raisins– 7 -8
- Finely chopped Almonds/Cashew nuts–7-8
- Pinch of Cardamom Powder (optional)
- Take a heavy bottomed pan, roast sooji in it on low flame. Roast till it starts giving the aroma.
- Add the ghee and roast till the color of sooji turns light brown.
- Add sugar and mix nicely, till the sugar starts dissolving.
- Keep the water ready in a bowl and add to sooji mix. Keep stirring the halwa so that no lumps are formed. Add raisins along with it.
- Cook till the halwa thickens, take care, keep the flame low as hot bubbles can splutter on you.
- Sooji Halwa thickens when it cools down, so keep desired consistency in mind when it starts to thicken.
- Garnish with finely chopped dry nuts like Almonds, Cashewnuts, Pistachios. Shredded coconut can also be added to halwa along with nuts.
Make it during any of your auspicious occasions or any kind celebrations. I always make this dessert during Ganapati and Navratri festivals or whenever my kids or hubby want!!
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