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 Sooji halwa recipe, soft and delicious

A super moist, traditionally and authentic sooji halwa that will steal your heart.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani, South Asian
Keyword sooji halwa recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings (about three cups)
Calories 505kcal


For Sheera (sugar syrup)

  • cup sugar or more to taste
  • 3 tablespoon raisins optional
  • 3 cups water
  • A pinch of yellow food color

For Semolina

  • ¾ cup clarified butter (ghee), substitue with unsalted butter or oil
  • 3 cloves (laung)
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 cup fine semolina sooji


  • 3-4 tablespoon pistachio and almonds chopped


Make Sheera

  • Boil water, sugar, food color and raisins in a vessel. When sugar dissolves completely. remove from heat and set aside.

Fry semolina

  • In another pot, heat clarified butter and fry cardomom powder, cloves and semolina. Fry until semolina color changes and fragrant. Semolina burns quickly so stir constantly.
  • Now, add sheera water in semolina pot. Cook for 10 minutes on very low heat so semolina puffs completely. Keep stirring and cook until oil separates from sides. (Sooji halwa should be runny and not lumpy. It will absorb more water upon cooling and thicken.)
  • Garnish with pistachio and almonds.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 505kcal