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Monday, March 22, 2010

Semolina Halwa (Sooji Halwa)

                                                  
Sooji halwa is one of the most common and popular traditional Indian desserts. Sooji or Rava halwa is prepared on various festive occasions in India. This is my Mom's favorite dessert as it has a very aromatic scent (because of 2 wonderful spices: cardamom and saffron). Dipping saffron strands in milk helps the saffron to release its beautiful colour. I have turned this into be-jeweled bangle !!!

Serves: 6-8 people Preparation time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups Water
1 1/4 cups Sugar
3/4 cup Ghee or Clarified Butter
1 1/4 cups Semolina (sooji/suji) coarse grained
2-3 Green Cardamom, coarsely powdered
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 tsp Saffron strand
2 tsp sliced Almonds
2 tsp split Cashews
1 tsp sliced Pistachios (optional)

                                                                                                            
Method:
 Soak the saffron strands in 1/2 cup boiling hot milk. Keep aside.
To Prepare Syrup: 
Mix water, sugar and cardamom in a saucepan. Stir continuously over low flame and bring it to a boil. Now add the milk that contains saffron strands. After 5 minutes turn off the gas. Cover the saucepan for few minutes so that the aroma infuses in the syrup.
In a skillet (kadai) pour ghee and put it on medium heat. Once the ghee is hot, add sooji and stir fry constantly over medium heat for about 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown (a good halwa's texture is light golden brown not dark brown). Now add cashew, pistachios, almonds and roast the dry fruits for 5 minutes. Pour the syrup over the semolina while mixing vigorously. It may splutter a little but will quickly stop as soon as the syrup is fully absorbed (this may take 10 minutes). Once the ghee starts to exude, remove from heat. Serve hot or at room temperature. 
                                                                                  


User comments & Tips: This halwa can be stored in the refrigerator for a week and can also be frozen in deep fridge.


This post is dedicated to my very dear friend Sunanda whose b'day is on 24 March. Happy Birthday to you my dear friend. May all your wishes come true!!!!
Picture card courtesy to :99galleries.com 



38 comments:

  1. I like the way you did the commom sooji halwa to look like a star hotel preparation, hats off to ur effort, this looks awesome:)

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  2. Thanks Malar for such a quick reply:-) Yeah I really like to have it in grand style as it has all my fav dry fruits:-)

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  3. beautiful clicks deepa and halwa looks yummy..lovely colour..

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  4. Wow what a wonderful presentation...dosent look like a regular sooji halwa..

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  5. @Thanks Sushma

    @Thanks Muskaan n Sadhana for appreciating the clicks.

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  6. Wow... lovely presentation.. nice halwa.. :)

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  7. Woow!!!love halwa color,,,beautiful presentation..it looks grand and great..
    Happy B'day to Sunanda in advance...

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  8. Delicious halwa n eyecatching presentation...

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  9. Please collect your award from my blog.. thank you.. :)


    Cheers,
    Hari Chandana

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  10. Thanks a lot Soma, Chandana, Vrinda, Swapna for your lovely comments.
    @Swapna I'll surely pass it on your wishes to her. She will be so happy to see this on her B'day.

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  11. Sooji halwa looks very tempting. Nice presentation too.

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  12. Tempting halwa..happy b'day to your friend :-)

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  13. Deepa,

    Nice sooji halwa with royal presentation, happy birthday to your friend

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  14. @ Sarah: Believe me it tasted even better than it looked.

    @ Padma: Thanks for your appreciation. It really means a lot to me.

    @Gulmohar: Thanks buddy. I'll convey ur messg to her.

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  15. Lovely presentation and my fav halwa, wishing your friend S a beautiful birthday..

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  16. WOW!!!! That's a very unique presentation..... It looks cute too....

    Ash.....
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  17. yummy halwa and lovely presentation..

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  18. Yummy and delicious halwa!! colourful too..B'day wishes to your friend!!

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  19. Lovely presentation, looks so yummy and happy b'day to your friend too...

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  20. A beautiful presentation dear!!! looks really delicious... and Birthday wishes to your dear friend:)

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  21. Cute presentations and tempting dish :) Birthday wishes to your friend :)

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  22. cute & lovely presentation :)

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  23. Hi Deepa Didi !! Well Suji Halwa is one stuff which is my all time favorite !! Yesterday only my mom prepared it for me...Your photos made me hungry again for this..Beautiful post as always ...Thanks for your comments on Unseen Rajasthan.

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  24. Happy B'day to your friend. Your recipe is heavenly.

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  26. Hi !! Please provide me your e mail Id !!

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  27. Simply yummy!lovely color & cute presentation!
    n B'day wishes 2 ur dear friend...

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  28. That was a fancy decoration which i was wondering for a while.Nice presentation n clicks.Bet it would have tasted heavenly.

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  29. wow halwa looks very invitng n delicious...nice presentatn

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  30. I want to thank each of you for taking out your time to wish my friend. Hope to get your support in future aw well.
    Thanks again!!!!!!!!

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  31. Hi Deepa,

    I'm quite tempted by that!

    And yes, birthday greetings to Sunanda :)

    There's an award/tag-game for you on my Selo Commentarista Excelente Award post. Enjoy!

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  32. HI dear, halwa looks awesome & nice click.. thxs for visiting my site & ur lovely comment..

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  33. Wat a beautiful presentation! looks yum..

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  34. Sooji is my fa,i do it almost every week.Loved ur presentation :)

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  35. Deepa, first of all I apologies for delayed reply.. thank you sooooooo much for such an thoughtful birthday wish. This is my best gift of this bthday....luv you always my dear...

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