Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Sooji Ka Halwa

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Sooji ka halwa is a Pakistani breakfast delicacy and is usually served at breakfast with puries. If we talk about festivals like Shab-e-barat, Sooji ka hawla is the most famous dessert made and distributed among neighbors to celebrate this noble night.

semolina halwa


1 cup semolina/sooji
1-1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2cup ghee
4-5 green cardamoms
2 cloves
3 cups water
2-3 drops of kewra water (optional)
1/4 cup almonds (skinless & slivered)
1/4 cup raisin (washed)
1/4 cup coconut ( sliced)

for garnish:

A few slivered almonds and pistachios


Heat a wide pan on medium heat and add ghee, cardamom pods and cloves and allow the aroma to infuse the oil for about 2 minutes.  Add in the semolina and stir well, keep stirring until the semolina changes its color to light brown(about 5-7 minutes), then add in the water and keep stirring (turn the heat to low while adding water or you can also take the pan off the stove while adding water), next add in the sugar, salt, almonds, raisins, sliced coconut, a few drops of kewra water and mix well, lower the heat and let it simmer until all the water dries up(you can also lower the flame cover the pan and let it cook until all the water dries up for 5-10 minutes). Once the water has dried  and the halwa has reached your desired consistency give it a good stir and turn off the heat, put it in a serving dish, garnish with pistachios and almonds. The halwa is ready to be served.

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