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Sooji (Semolina) Ka Halwa

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Sarah- Hey Everyone, I’m back with the new recipe. Eid ul-Adha is less than a week away so I thought I’d share my Sooji (semolina) Ka Halwa with you all. I really love this recipe. It’s my mom’s recipes and she learned it from my paternal grandmother. Yes! This is another family recipe. My parents had a big gathering on Eid ul-Fitr at their house and My mom made this Sooji Ka Halwa; everybody went crazy for this halwa, I have included a picture below for reference of the halwa from that party.

My family is big on traditional food. It has to look and taste like pros, so like every recipe of mine this one comes with the exact measurements tested by my mom and paternal grand mother. I know when you’re looking at the recipe you are probably thinking why is she calling for 3 and 1/4 cups believe me it’s essential for the look and the taste. My big secret how to get the perfect orange color. I import my orange color from Pakistan. I believe the color that we get in South Asian stores in America is not that bright. The color itself is very essential to this halwa. Semolina is dull color itself, so we got to bring it life by changing the color and make it appealing.

There are healthy alternative to Sooji Ka Halwa. The first alternative is to use jaggery instead of sugar. The second alternative is to use ghee instead of butter. I frankly have never used an alternative to this recipe, because I believe you can’t enjoy the real taste if you start substituting ingredients especially in this recipe.

Sooji Ka halwa will delight any dinner table on Eid ul-Adha or any occasion. This recipe is very much toddler approved. My daughter has been eating this halwa since she was 5 months. I hope you give this recipe a try. If you have any questions about our recipes, techniques, or you just want to say hi! Please feel free to message us.  As always, if you try any of our recipes be sure to tag us on instagram @twoclovesinapot. Find us on Pinterest too @twoclovesinapot. Please subscribe to our newsletter. We value honest feedback.

Sooji Ka Halwa

A mixture of sugar water and Sooji (Semolina), comes together in a form of halwa (dessert). It's unique consistacy will surely remind you of Motherland.
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani
Keyword: Halwa
Servings: 1


  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sooji semolina
  • 2 tbsp salted butter melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp orange food coloring
  • 3 cardamon pods slightly cracked
  • almonds thinly sliced for garnish
  • pistachio thinly sliced for garnish
  • 1/4 tsp kewra


  • In a saucepan, on a medium heat, combine water, cardamom pods, and sugar.
  • Stir it until the sugar dissolves, add in the orange color, and turn it on low.
  • In a medium size fry pan, on medium heat, add the semolina.
  • Keep stirring the semolina until golden.
  • Add in the butter and mix well.
  • Now add in the water and sugar mixture into the semolina.
  • Keep stirring it big bubbles are formed and it's no longer a runny consistancy this process will take 5-7 minutes.
  • Add Kewra and mix it.
  • Garnish with almonds and pistachios.
  • Serve it hot or let it cool down.


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