Suji Halwa

Sooji/ Suji Halwa is one of the most common Indian desserts made with sooji (semolina), ghee and sugar. It is served very often on festivals and to celebrate special occassions. Also, it can be served for breakfast or as a dessert item.

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Ingredients:

Serves 4

  • 1 cup of semolina (Sooji)
  • 10 cardamoms or ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 5½ oz/150 g butter
  • pinch of salt
  • cashew nuts, raisins, almonds (according to taste) to decorate

How to make Suji Halwa:

  1. Melt the butter in the pan.
  2. Add the semolina and roast on a very low heat until it turns light brown and it gives a nice aroma. This is very important step! If you don’t roast the sooji properly, the halwa will have raw taste.
  3. Add water and mix it.
  4. Add sugar, cardamoms or cardamom powder, pinch of salt and stir constantly to avoid forming lumps.
  5. Finally, add nuts and take off the heat.
  6. Pour in serving dishes. Decorate and serve immediately.

Tips: * Getting the ratio right: making the best sooji halwa, use same amount of ghee, sugar and sooji and double the water. * Be careful while adding the liquid to the hot semolina.

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