Posted on 10/14/2021 at 03:15 PM by Madhu Gadia
Sooji Halwa (Cream of Wheat Halwa)
Sooji Halwa is one of the most popular Indian desserts made throughout India. Cream of wheat translated in Hindi is sooji. It is a quick and delicious dessert that can be served anytime. I grew up eating it for occasional Sunday breakfasts. It is often the choice of sweet offered as prasad (communion) at prayer meetings or at the temples. I always make it as a special treat for birthdays. My kids have come to expect it. Ghee or butter adds a delightful aroma, flavor, and taste. Nuts and raisins are optional.
1/2 cup cream of wheat (sooji)
2 tablespoons ghee or unsalted butter
2 tablespoons blanched slivered almonds
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups water
1 tablespoon golden raisins
4 cardamom pods
In a heavy saucepan combine cream of wheat and ghee. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until cream of wheat turns golden brown (about 15 minutes). Add almonds and cook for 1 more minute.
Add water, stir and bring to a boil.
Stir in sugar. Cover with a lid, leaving a small crack open to allow steam to escape. Reduce heat and simmer for 10–15 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed, stirring occasionally. (Stir carefully to avoid burning as the halwa tends to splatter.)
Add raisins and stir. Transfer to a serving dish.
Remove seeds from cardamom pods and crush with a mortar and pestle. Garnish the halwa with the cardamom powder.
Makes 6 servings (3 cups) Serving size: 1/2 cup
Amount per serving:
Calories: 160, Carbohydrate: 28 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated fat: 2.5 g, Cholesterol: 10 mg, Sodium: 2 mg, Dietary fiber: 1 g
Reprinted from: New Indian Home Cooking by Madhu Gadia, MS, RD