Suji Halwa or Sweet Semolina Pudding

Sooji Halva RecipeThe festive season is here. I started off by celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi here in the Bay Area for the first time ever. Next comes the biggest festival for Bengalis, all over the world ~ Durga Puja. But one thing is common with all Indian festivals, that is indulging in sweets!

Durga Puja is all about happiness and good times for me. The festival of Durga Puja is embedded deep in my childhood memories and how I wish I could spend every Durga Puja in my hometown Kolkata in India, among the lights and festivities, good food and laughter, family and close friends.

At our apartment puja, apart from authentic Bengali meals and sweets, the evening ‘arati’ or prayer ritual was followed by ‘luchi-suji’, i.e. fried round wheat flat-breads or ‘luchi’ stuffed with sweet semolina pudding or ‘suji’ which was first offered to the Goddess and then shared among her devotees. It was delicious with the right amount of sweet.

Suji halwa is common in most Indian states and the sweetened pudding is often an offering to Gods and Goddesses and a ‘prasad’ for devotees. Therefore, even though I made this for Ganesh Chaturthi, this dish takes me back to my childhood, attending evening ‘puja’ rituals and then relishing the ‘prasad’.

It’s a rather simple dish to make and nutritious too as it has a generous amount of clarified butter or ghee. {I will post on the goodness and benefits of ‘Ghee’ very soon} Make this dish for any occasion and children will love it too.

Ingredients you will need:

1 cup suji (sooji) or semolina
½ cup ghee or clarified butter
1 ¼ cup sugar
3 cups water
¼ cup raw cashew nuts, halved
¼ cup raisins, soaked in water for ½ hr

Method for cooking:

1) In a glass bowl, add water and sugar and microwave this for 4-5 mins to make a sugar syrup.

2) On medium high heat, in a pan, add the ghee, add sooji and roast this till suji turns golden brown and distinctly changes color. This should take 8-10 mins.

3) Add the syrup slowly to this. Stir well, cover and cook for a couple of mins or so. Uncover and stir well, add cashews and raisins (after draining the water). You will get a thick. smooth consistency by now. Give it a final stir, turn off heat and your dish is ready. You can garnish this with sliced almonds before serving.

Sooji Halva Recipe or sweet semolina pudding recipeThis photograph below shows my Om Ganesha acrylic painting on canvas. This painting is for sale at my Etsy shop. Here’s the link ~

Sooji Halwa Recipe or sweet semolina pudding recipe
Sooji Halva Recipe or sweet semolina pudding recipeUntil next time, Happy Festivities to all of you! 


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