Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Recipe 73: Suji Halwa

Whenever one thinks about halwa, suji halwa is the one which happens to never leave our mind.


Its extremely basic and simple. It is buildable, meaning you can add variety of other ingredients to upgrade it. For instance, top cooked halwa with khoya or fresh cream or condensed milk. Sprinkle chopped nuts and saffron. Loosen the halwa with some hot milk and turn it into a kheer/pudding. The options to go crazy with this one basic suji halwa are many.


Moreover, it is a nutritious sweet dish that can be served as a dessert after meals or eaten for breakfast or packed for lunch. Not to forget suji halwa forms of serious part of any prasad offered to god during prayers.


With so many ways to serve and eat, I think it is imperative to learn making suji halwa which uses just 6 ingredients!

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup suji/semolina
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 3/4 cup white sugar
  4. 1/2 cup vegetable oil/ghee
  5. 4-5 elaichi/cardamoms
  6. 2 bay leaves
  7. 10-15 raisins

Method:

In a heavy bottom pan/kadhai, ghee.
Temper bay leaves till it turns dark brown.
Take out the bay leaves.
Reserve them for later usage.
Meanwhile, soak raisins in water to get rid of any impurities.
Now to the fragrant oil, add suji and fry till dark brown.
Continue stirring on high heat.
Add water and cook on high heat for 1-2 minutes.
Reduce the heat and add sugar, raisins and bay leaves.
Stir well till sugar dissolves, water has evaporated and suji is well cooked.
Meanwhile, make a fine powder of elaichi.
Add elaichi powder and stir till halwa begins to leave the sides of the pan.
Switch off the heat and cover for 5 minutes before serving.
Serve warm.



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