Do you also have those crazy sweet cravings? My sister has been craving Halwa-Poori (a homemade Indian sweet eaten with fried Indian bread) with lots of ghee for three days now. She has been working really hard these last couple of days, and has barely eaten anything. I was a little worried about her and I also wanted to reward her for the hard work. So, when she stepped out last evening I decided to satisfy her sweet craving. Making poori too much work, I was too lazy to make the dough, then roll out those pooris and fry them. I skipped the poori and just made some halwa for her. Halwa, simply because it was really easy to make, you will see! If you are interested in putting in some extra effort for someone special you can find the recipe in How to Make Pooris?
Sooji Halwa- serves 4
Unsalted, clarified butter (Ghee) ½ cup
Semolina (Sooji) 1 cup
Salt a pinch
Water, warm 2 cups
Sugar Cheeni) 1 cup
Almonds, Cashew and Raisins (Badam, Kaju, Kishmish), chopped ½ cup
Silver Varq optional
Heat the unsalted, clarified butter (ghee) in a pan. Add in the semolina and stir.
Allow the semolina to turn golden brown, keep stirring. Cook on medium heat.
Make sure that the temperature of the pan is not too high so as to burn the semolina. Add a pinch of salt to enhance the flavour.
Keep stirring and allow the semolina to brown evenly.
Meanwhile, warm two cups of water in a separate pan and add this water to the semolina, stir constantly.
Allow the semolina to absorb the water completely, it swells up and becomes fluffy.
Once the water is completely absorbed, add in the sugar and mix well.
Allow the halwa to cook on low heat for two minutes and then turn off the heat.
Garnish this simple sooji halwa with the chopped mixed nuts and dried fruit. Decorate with silver varq if available.