Sooji Halwa – Sheera

January 27th, 2007 filed under Desserts
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Sooji Halwa is a very popular sweet dish all over India and is made on religious occasions, as parsad (offering to God). After prayer Halwa is served to devotees as a blessing.

Makes 4 servings.

Sooji Halwa Recipe by ManjulaIngredients:

  • 1/2 cup sooji (rava, semolina flour)
  • 1/4 cup ghee (clear butter)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2cup water
  • Pinch of cardamom powder
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds for garnish


  1. Boil the water with sugar, and cardamom powder in a pan over low medium heat. Bring to a boil and Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a frying pan on medium heat.
  3. Add sooji and roast to golden brown color; stirring constantly this will take about 5 to 8 minutes. Sooji will be golden brown in color and will have a light sweet aroma.
  4. Add the syrup slowly, as you add the syrup to sooji water will splatter.
  5. Turn down the heat to medium low and let it cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Sooji will absorb the water, as the Halwa cools so keep Halwa a little more softer then you want.
  7. Garnish with almonds.

Serving suggestion:

  1. Serve hot for best taste. If you like, garnish with shaved pistachio, almonds or shredded coconut.
  2. For breakfast serve with aloo poori.


Instead of water add 1 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of water and keep Halwa a little thicker. Pour the Halwa on a greased plate, keep it about 1/2 inch thick. Garnish with shaved almonds or pistachio or shredded coconut, and let it cool for about a half an hour. Cut the Halwa in square or diamond shapes like burfee.

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83 Responses to “Sooji Halwa – Sheera”

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  2. Asha says:

    Dear Manjula Auntie,

    Thank you so much the Sooji recipes and the other recipes too. I love how you explain step by step in videos and the recipes itself that helps me a lot. You remind me of my mom.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  3. Rita says:

    Manjula Auntie,

    Your recipes are the best. I call you my second mom because you help me with my Indian food when my mom doesn’t know the exact answer. Thank you for sharing your videos and I love your English. You’re as cute as you can be. We should definitely be friends – :) .

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