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Sooji ka Halwa (Sheera) Recipe

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Healthy and kid-friendly recipe for making sooji ka halwa or sheera using sooji, also known as semolina (rava) and jaggery instead of sugar.
Author Mukta Tikekar

Ingredients

  • 4-5 tbsp sooji semolina (Preferably use organic sooji as it can't be washed before using it.)
  • Approx. 2 cups milk This quantity will depend on your child's age. Toddlers will prefer mushy halwa so you need more milk.
  • 5-6 cashew nuts
  • 5-6 raisins optional
  • Approx. 1/5th tsp cardamom powder I powdered 2 cardamoms
  • 2 tbsp homemade ghee clarified butter
  • 1 clove
  • Jaggery as per taste

Instructions

  • Cut the cashew nuts into small pieces if you are making this halwa for small kids who may have difficulty in eating them whole.
  • Prepare jaggery syrup by adding jaggery in 4-5 tbsp of water and then boiling the water for about a minute. (Keep stirring while the water boils.)
  • Heat a pan, add 1 tsp ghee, and then add cashew nuts and clove.
  • Roast the cashew nuts and clove till the cashew nuts turn light brown, and then take them off from the pan and set them aside.
  • Add sooji in the pan, roast for 2-3 minutes till the sooji starts to change color, and then add remaining ghee. (Keep stirring the sooji continuously as it will get burnt otherwise.)
  • Roast the sooji in ghee for about a minute or two, and then add milk when it turns light brown. (Keep your hand away from the pan to avoid getting scalded by steam when you pour the milk.)
  • Add cardamom powder, roasted cashews and clove, and raisins. (If you are preparing this halwa for babies who can't chew properly, don't add raisins.
  • Also, instead of adding pieces of cashew nuts, you should add powdered cashew nuts.)
  • Keep stirring till the halwa reaches the desired consistency. (For smaller children you will want the halwa to have pudding-like consistency.)
  • Add jaggery syrup, mix it well with the halwa, and then turn off heat.
  • You can garnish it with some cashew nuts and raisins. (Devansh doesn’t like it when I add pieces that need to be chewed properly to food that can be swallowed without chewing. So I don't add cashew nuts and raisins in the halwa. He eats the ones I use for garnishing first and then eats the halwa.)

Notes

You don't need to prepare jaggery syrup if you use powdered jaggery. Just add it in the end while the sheera is hot and stir it in. Don't cook the sheera after adding in jaggery as it causes the milk to curdle.
P.S. These days I use organic jaggery powder by Eco Fresh.