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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sooji Ka Halwa - Semolina Halwa

Sooji ka Halwa is a very popular Indian Dessert. Its quick and easy to make with just a few ingredients. Now halwa is a kind of pudding and there are different kinds of halwa - like Carrot Halwa, Moong Dal Halwa,  Pineapple Halwa to name a few. By the way  you can find all the recipes here at my blog.

Ingredients :
  • 1 cup Sooji /Semolina
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter/ghee
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (cashews, pistachios)
  • 3 cups water
  • *1 tbsp Orange Food color (optional) or ** pinch of Saffron 
* 1 tbsp food coloring is prepared by adding just a bit of color(solid/liquid)  to 1 tbsp water.
** If you are considering using Saffron-  Take a pinch of saffron and dissolve it in 1 tbsp warm milk. 

  • In a sauce pan or pot add 3 cups of water and sugar. Heat it on medium flame until the sugar dissolves.Keep this aside.
  • Now in a Kadhai or thick bottomed pan, melt the butter on medium flame. Add the chopped nuts and fry. Next add Sooji / Semolina and roast this in butter/ghee for about 5-6 minutes. This eliminates the raw smell of Sooji. Roast till you get a beautiful golden color.   Make sure to keep it on medium low flame or else the Sooji could get burnt. Keep stirring continuously. 
  • Next very carefully add the water+sugar mixture to this roasted Sooji. Stir it well and keep it covered on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes. The water will all be absorbed and it will get dry. (Now if you would like to add some food coloring you do it at this stage. Just add about 1 tbsp of saffron/orange color and then cover and cook for 2-3 minutes). Your Sooji Ka Halwa or Semolina Halwa is ready to be served. Also when you add the color it could be called as Rava Kesari. This recipe serves 4-6.


  1. Yummy looking halwa. Wish I was there to get a taste of it.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. Lovely dish and sure would have tasted good

  3. very droolworthy and lip smacking halwa dear.

  4. yummy halwa....it looks so good...definitely it tastes just awesome :-)

  5. Thanks for that lovely comment on my space Dolly. You have a wonderful blog as well. I loved the recipe and the video tutorial. Keep the great work going. :)

  6. Yum Halwa with nice cutting too. Happy to follow u

  7. Sooji ka halwa looks so tempting.

  8. wow...thats my fav and you made it perfectly..:)