Sooji Halwa

(Semolina Halwa or Suji Ka Halwa) 

This Universal sweet has different names. It is called as Sooji Halwa, Suji Ka Halwa, Semolina Pudding, Semolina Dessert, Rava Kesari and also it is called Sheera in Konkani, Sanja in Marathi and Kesari Bhath in Kannada. Actually the name ‘Halwa’ is an Arabic word, but the art of making it has spread all the way from the Mediterranean Sea to the Bay of Bengal. This dessert is popular in all parts of India, this is sweet is served along with the main meal or serving as a dessert. It can be served either warm or cold.


  • ½ cup cream of wheat (sooji)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar (or according to taste)
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp. crushed cardamom
  • pinch of saffron


  • In a sauce pan combine milk, sugar, water and saffron and mix well.
  • Boil this mixture for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid stick it at the bottom of the pan.
  • Then pour into a bowl and let it stand for several minutes.
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter and sauté the cream of wheat over low heat for about 10 minutes or until it became golden brown.
  • Add sugar syrup and cardamom and mix well.
  • Then cook for about 10 minutes or until liquid evaporates and remove from the stove.
  • Pour into a serving dish.
  • Garnish with almonds and saffron.
  • Serve warm or cold.