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Sooji Halwa Recipe, How to make Sooji ka Halwa - Ashtami Prasad | Indian Style Slow Cook Semolina Pudding

Sooji Halwa Recipe
(old post, photos updated on 23 sep'20)

How to make Sooji Halwa (Ashtami Prasad) - It is a traditional Indian slow cooked semolina pudding that made with few ingredients which is easily available in our kitchen or Indian stores. 

Sooji halwa is often made for an auspicious occasion or a pooja, it could also be a festive occasion like Navratre, Ganesha chaturthi or a religious ceremony conducted in your home or you just want to have something sweet. 


Me and my family are a big fan of sweets hehehe 😍😍 Sometimes I made this often for my big sweet tooth...it is easy and quick halwa recipe, which I don't want any excuses or occasion to make it.😜
Sooji Halwa

What is Sooji Halwa?

Sooji halwa is very popular dessert throughout India. It is called by different names across India – Sooji Halwa in NorthRava kesari in South India and Rava Sheera in West India.. Although the names are different, but the cooking technique is quite similar. 

Sooji or Rava is the main ingredient in this halwa, there are many variations also like we used water to make halwa & people also used milk instead of water. 

How to make Sooji ka Halwa - Ashtami Prasad

Can I make vegan sooji halwa/semolina pudding?

Truly, you can. Instead of ghee, you can use any oil eg coconut oil or vegetable oil.
This is one of my family's favorite sweet dish. This is my Mom's recipe and nobody makes this yummy Sooji ka halwa like my mom. It is very easy to make. 

I usually make it on thursday also as a bhog for Sai Ram, Me and my family are big devotess of Sai Ram. In earleir day, we visit temple on every or alternate thursday but due to covid time, we didn't go outside and celebrate all festivals alone without friends and family😐 hope this tough time will over soon. hoping 🙏🙏
Suji ka Halwa

This sweet is a traditional dessert made from sooji (rawa / semolina), cooked in a ghee with sugar syrup and other dry fruits. This is perfect combination with Pooris and Parathas. 

I made sooji halwa in both ways with cardamom flavor or without cardamom flavor. But for this recipe I used cardamom for flavor but my mom didn't used cardamom in halwa, so there are many things are differ but making of halwa is almost same.

About Navratri - This is important festival of Hindus, celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and excitement all across the country. It's a "Nine Days Festival" and it is dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti.

About Navratri Festival

During the festival of Navratri, Goddess Durga is worshiped in nine avatars. Each goddess has a different form and a special significance. Nava Durga, if worshiped with religious fervor during Navaratri, it is believed, lift the divine spirit in us and fill us with renewed happiness.

After 7 days we do Ashtami Pooja on 8th day which is called Kanjak Pooja. It means young girls below the age of 10 and ceremonially worshiped. Some people celebrated this pooja either on Ashtami (the 8th day) or on Navami (the 9th day) of Navratri. We do Ashtami Pooja.

On Ashtami, we prepare a prasad and offer to small girls. Ashtami prasad consist of Sooji halwa, dried kala chana and poori or some people offer coconut slices too. It's totally depend on the family traditions.

Sooji Halwa

What we do in this Kanjak Pujan! 

* We welcome young girls in our house and wash their little feet.
* Apply kumkum on their forehead and tie a roli on their right hands.
* All girls are made to sit in a row and
* Later we served kala chana, halwa and poori – Ashtami Prasad
* We give gifts in form of money or toys or bangles.
* Lastly touch their feet and seek their blessings.

Kanjak Pujan

Let's see how to make sooji ka halwa - ashtami prasad recipe with step by step photos

Course : Dessert/Sweets
Cuisine : Indian
Prep time : 5 minutes
Cook Time : 25 minutes
Total Time : 30 minutes
Servings : 4 persons
Author : Jolly Makkar

[US measurement - 1 cup =240 ml] 

Ingredients :

Sooji / Rava / Semolina - 1 cup (thin one/chiroti)
Sugar - 1 to 1.5 cups(totally depend on your taste)
Desi Ghee / Clarified butter - 1/2 cup
Water - 4 cups

Cardamom powder/ Cardamom pods - 1/4 tbsp / 2 pods (optional)

Dry Fruits (washed and and soaked in water)

Raisin - 1 tbsp
Almonds- 2 tbsp

Note* : You can adjust the dry fruits or sugar as per as your taste.

Equipment Used :

Pan/Wok/Kadai
Spatula

rose petals for garnishing(optional)

Preparation Method :

1. Take a deep kadai or heavy based pan and put on a low flame, add the ghee and once the ghee becomes hot, add the semolina....


2. Cook sooji until it is light brown in color, stirring continuously. It take nearly 8 to 10 minutes.


3. Combine sugar and water in a pan. Bring it to a boil and Keep stirring until sugar is fully dissolved in water. Set it aside.


4. Now add the fresh cardamom with seeds. After a seconds discard the cardamom pod.(it's optional those who don't like cardamom flavor, no need to add & skip this step)


5. Add the sugar syrup in a roasted sooji & constantly stirring slowly by using your another hand...make sure that no lumps are formed.


6. Add the soaked raisins and chopped almonds...keep stirring for a minutes in a medium flame till the whole mixture starts thickening and starts to leave the edge of the kadai or pan. Always  maintain the heat at at medium low and keep stirring. 


7. Switch off the flame. Your Sooji Halwa is ready to serve. 


8. Garnish with chopped nuts, I used chopped badam /almonds and soaked raisins , Serve it with Poori or Paratha also or plain after meal. 

Semolina Pudding

If you are looking for more easy festivals recipes, then do check

kesari rice kheer
rava kesari halwa
kesar aam ras
motichoor ladoo

kesar phirni
zarda pulao



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5 comments

  1. Suji ka halwa prepared for any religious function always taste so different. Your sooji ka halwa reminds me of the prasad we use to get at the Gurudwara that we would visit sometimes. I usually make it with milk but would love to try this version using water.

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  2. Love Sooji halwa and this is a must make for Prasad for festive or religious occasions.. your look so inviting and tempting.. with beautiful festive pics

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  3. Sooji halwa is definitely a pleasing dessert. It comes in handy when we have unexpected guests or when it comes to preparing some quick Neivedyam for pooja. Looks delicious.

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  4. Sooji halwa is a favourite one for many. It's a quick dish to make fir the guests. Loved the texture of your halwa. I love to add koprai as well.

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  5. Sooji halwa with Desi ghee and nuts looks incredible. I usually add milk instead of water and make it often to satiate my sweet cravings.i add banana sometimes . When you serve as a prashad it tastes so yumm.

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