Sooji ka Halwa - Semolina Halwa recipe
Sooji ka Halwa is a very popular sweet dish in India. It is made from semolina. This no bake easy Indian dessert recipe is very handy when you are in a mood for something sweet which is served hot.
In India halwa or kada prasaad is also made on religious occasions, as prasad (offering to God). It is distributed in temples and gurudwaras after the prayers to the devotees as a blessing.
This recipe serves 8
Ingredients for making Sooji Halwa are
- 1 cup sooji (rava, semolina flour, use the fine semolina not the thicker one which is used for upma)
- 1/4 cup Desi ghee (clarified butter)
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 3 cups Hot Water
- 3-4 Green Cardamoms (Peeled and powdered)
- 1/2 cup Assorted dry fruits and nuts (almonds, cashews and raisins)
In a non stick pan add the ghee and roast the nuts for 2-3 minutes until light brown. Add the raisins as well and keep roasting on a low heat till they puff up. Using a slotted spoon, remove them on to a plate.
In the leftover ghee, roast the sooji/semolina on a low to medium heat, stirring constantly (for even browning), until light brown. Reduce the flame if it is getting darker quickly.
To this add the sugar and water and give a quick stir. Also sprinkle the cardamom powder and the roasted dry fruit and nuts. Keep stirring gently on a medium heat. You will see that the semolina is beginning to absorb the water.
That's it when all the water it almost absorbed, sneak a taste to check that the semolina is cooked. Turn the heat off, cover and let it stand for 5 minutes.
Serve Hot and Enjoy!!
Tip:- If using semolina which is thicker, please keep more hot water handy. Add some hot water (little at a time), if needed.
Instead of water you can also use milk or 1/2 milk and 1/2 water.
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