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Zafraani Sooji Halwa

Zafraani Sooji Halwa

Zafraani Sooji Halwa

This Zafraani sooji halwa is one of my favorite halwa . Great with ruti , paratha , luchi , puri . So simple to make but it always tastes divine !!! Unlike Semolina barfi , this halwa is soft , so gracefully smeared with ghee , aromatic with keora and ghee !!! In order to get the right consistency , you need to follow some simple direction , that’s all . 🙂

Ingredients :

1 cup sooji/ semolina
1 cup -1 and 1/4 cup of sugar , according to taste ( For me 1  cup+ 2 tbl spoon is perfect)
1 cup ghee ( if using non-stick utensil , reduce the ghee to 3/4 th cup)
3 cups of water
1/2 ( half) – 1 tea spoon zafraan/ saffron ( depending on the quality)
3 cardamoms , 1 small stick of cinnamon , 1 bay leaf
Keora water
Pista, almond to garnish
Pinch of zafrani food color


1. Make a sugar syrup with 3 cups of water , 1 – 1 1/2 cup sugar ( I took 1 and 1/4 th cup of sugar) , 1 tea spoon zafran , zafrani food color , 3 cardamoms , 1 small cinnamon and 1 bay leaf . Just enough to melt the sugar . Not more than that . The syrup should be very thin . You have to boil it just to melt the sugar . Take out the cardamoms, cinnamon and bay leaf .

2. Heat ghee and fry the sooji at medium low heat until fragrant and light brown . Don’t color it too much . Must be light brown . Should not be too dark .

3. Add the syrup in the sooji . Stir .The heat must be medium . Cook just few minutes , not more than 3 minutes . The sooji will look runny at this point . It should look like this ;

4. Add the keora water and immediately remove the pan from the stove and keep covered for few minutes . If you keep anything on the stove after being cooked , even if the stove is turned off , the heat of the hot stove keep cooking the food . In order to get correct consistency , remove the halwa pan from the stove , after you turn off the stove . Pour in the serving dish and garnish with pista , almond and raisins .


1. Sooji gets thicker , when cool down . So don’t dry out the water . Cook only 2 or 3 minutes , not more than that .

2. Immediately remove the halwa pot from the stove , the moment you turned off the stove . Don’t keep the pot over turned off but hot stove top , it will dry out the halwa . Keep it somewhere else . 🙂

3. If you don’t want to use that amount of ghee , then use oil and ghee half n half . 🙂

Sooji-narkel Barfi ( Semolina coconut barfi)

Sooji-narkel Barfi ( Semolina coconut barfi)

Sooji-narkel Barfi ( Semolina coconut barfi)

Was craving for something sweet ,made with semolina or sooji . Basbousa and sooji barfi were playing in my head !!! Finally decided to make sooji-coconut barfi and turned out not only satisfying but it is toooooooooo goooooood !!! I made a smaller quantity , for 4 people may be , though I gulped almost half of it .. 😀 If you want to make it for larger batch just double the amount .


1/2 cup sooji or semolina
1/4 th cup grated or desiccated coconut
1/3 rd cup ghee
1/2 cup sugar ( you may adjust according to your taste )
1/4 th cup maowa/ khoya * ( for the substitute see the note)
3 green cardamoms , 1 small cinnamon stick ( 1″ long), 1 bay leaf
1 cup water
1/4 th cup of sliced almond , pistachio , raisins , cashew
Rose water ( optional)

Procedure :

1. Grease a serving dish with little ghee .

2.Heat ghee in the pan and add the sooji .Don’t add the whole garam masala now . Fry the sooji on medium low heat until light brown and you can smell the fragrance of fried sooji . . Add the coconut , cardamom , cinnamon and bay leaf.Fry until the sooji gets reddish-golden brown . Don’t make it too dark .

3. Add the maowa/ khoya and sugar in it . Mix well . Now Add 1 cup of water and keep stirring until everything comes together and you will see the oil separates . You may sprinkle little rose water now .Immediately transfer the halwa into the prepared dish. Take out the whole garam masala and smooth the top of the halwa with a spatula . Spread the sliced nuts and raisins over the halua and level with the spatula . Cut the barfi after an hour or until the halwa sets .


1. If you don’t have maowa , don’t worry . Take 1/4 th cup of powder milk with 1/4 th cup of heavy cream or regular liquid milk . Add 1 tea spoon of ghee in it . Now microwave for 50-55 seconds . Check after 40 second , because depending on the microwave and electricity time may vary. You can do it in the regular stove top too . 🙂