Sooji Ka Halwa – Sweet Semolina Pudding

Sooji Ka Halwa is a relatively simple but mighty delicious dessert that is cooked frequently at my house. It has a delicately soft, crumbly texture and a mildly sweet flavor with subtle undertones of cardamom and rose – absolutely beautiful! Sooji Ka Halwa can also be served with pooris (deep fried flatbreads), Punjabi Cholay and a potato curry as a very indulgent breakfast!

Desi breakfast

I posted this picture to my Instagram of breakfast I made for my husband’s day off – Sooji Ka Halwa leftovers from the night before, Cumin-spiced potato cubes and pooris

The only step that has potential to ruin this recipe is the roasting of the semolina – the rest of the steps are remarkably difficult to mess up. You must ensure that the semolina is heating at medium-low and that you stir constantly. Any burnt bits will impart an unpleasant taste and may ruin the Halwa. Furthermore, under-roasting will leave the Halwa with a raw taste – if you are unsure whether the semolina has roasted sufficiently, always err on the side of over-roasting (but never burning).

With this recipe, the result is a spongy, crumbly cake-like texture  but if you want a more fluid consistency then instead of 2 cups of water, use 3 cups but adjust the sugar accordingly. I must say though, I prefer the texture as it is!

Enjoy, with love!

Sooji Ka Halwa - Sweet Semolina Pudding @ fatimacooks.net

 

 

Sooji Ka Halwa - Sweet Semolina Pudding @ fatimacooks.net
Sooji Ka Halwa - Sweet Semolina Pudding
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This Pakistani dessert is far quicker to cook than other desserts - at only 20 minutes of cook time, this may clock in as one of the quickest Desi desserts out there!
Servings
5 people
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings
5 people
Cook Time
20 minutes
Sooji Ka Halwa - Sweet Semolina Pudding @ fatimacooks.net
Sooji Ka Halwa - Sweet Semolina Pudding
Print Recipe
This Pakistani dessert is far quicker to cook than other desserts - at only 20 minutes of cook time, this may clock in as one of the quickest Desi desserts out there!
Servings
5 people
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings
5 people
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup ghee
  • 8 cashews
  • 5 cardamom seeds (elaichi)
  • 1 cup semolina
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp rosewater (optional)
  • 1 pinch saffron (optional)
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a pestle and mortar, beat the cardamom seeds till the black seeds from inside come out. Discard the shells. If you don't have a pestle and mortar, put the cardamom seeds in a bag and beat with a rolling pin till the black seeds come out.
    Cardamom
  2. In a pan, heat the ghee and add the cashews and cardamom seed remenants. Fry till golden brown, about 3 minutes.
    Sooji Ka Halwa - Sweet Semolina Pudding recipe @ FatimaCooks.net
  3. To the ghee, add the semolina. Roast the semolina on medium-low heat for 12-15 minutes, stirring very often and keeping close by at all times to ensure the semolina doesn't brown too much or burn. The kitchen will smell beautiful!
  4. As the semolina is roasting, in a separate pan add the water, sugar, rosewater and saffron, Heat on medium heat and dissolve the sugar. Before it comes to a boil, turn the heat off and cover.
    Sooji Ka Halwa - Sweet Semolina Pudding recipe @ FatimaCooks.net
  5. Once the semolina has roasted, add the water. It will sizzle and bubble and steam will rise - but keep stirring! This is because we need to ensure no lumps are formed.
    Sooji Ka Halwa - Sweet Semolina Pudding recipe @ FatimaCooks.net
  6. Keep stirring the halwa constantly until it begins to start pulling away from the edges and looks like the picture below
    Sooji Ka Halwa - Sweet Semolina Pudding recipe @ FatimaCooks.net
  7. Sooji Ka Halwa is ready! Garnish with cashews and serve hot!
Recipe Notes

If you don't want to use cardamom seeds, you can use cardamom powder or essence.

Optional food colouring can be added - orange or yellow is traditionally used. Add it to the water alongside the sugar, saffron and rose water.

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2 thoughts on “Sooji Ka Halwa – Sweet Semolina Pudding

  1. Allahumma baarik, looks delicious! I’ve been wanting to make sooi halwa for a while, but I’ve never tried it so I’ve been a bit nervous of making it. Love your asian dessert collection!

    1. Jazakillah khayr, Abida 🙂 Sooji Halwa is very easy – much easier than the other desserts I’ve posted about… I’d say definitely give it a go! 🙂

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