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sooji halwa served in a silver bowl
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Sooji Halwa

Sooji halwa is a delicious and popular Indian sweet with fine semolina or sooji, sugar and ghee. Often made for festivals like Diwali and home puja as sooji, ghee and sugar are the staples in most Indian kitchens. Do try this easy semolina pudding or suji ka halwa recipe for Ganesh chaturthi, Diwali, Navratri and enjoy!
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: sooji halwa
Servings: 3
Calories: 442kcal
Author: Harini


  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mixed nuts
  • 1/2 cup fine semolina sooji, suji, rava
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar granulated or raw
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • a pinch of saffron
  • few dried rose petals


  • Heat the 1/2 cup ghee in a heavy pan
  • Add chopped nuts and fry till golden, remove to a plate.
  • Now add the sooji and start roasting in low flame.
  • Keep sauteing and stirring for even roasting. This will take around 8 -10 minutes
  • Rava will slightly start to change color and will be very aromatic.
  • At this stage add the 1 cup milk and water 1/2 cup. You can also add 3/4 cup milk and 3/4 cup water.
  • Cook in low flame until all the liquid is absorbed and sooji is well cooked.
  • Add freshly pounded green cardamom pods or cardamom powder. Mix. You can add few crushed rose petals and saffron strands.
  • Once the sooji is well cooked, add the sugar and mix.
  • After adding the sugar, the halwa will become a bit thin in consistency as sugar will release some water. Keep cooking to thicken the hawla.
  • Add the fried nuts. Mix very well.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes. Remove from flame. The halwa will thicken further on cooling. Serve sooji halwa hot or warm.


Use fine rava also known as bombay rava.
use best quality desi ghee for this recipe.


Serving: 3g | Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Calcium: 92mg