Navratri is a 9-day festival dedicated to worship the Hindu Goddess Durga. During these 9 days, the 9 different forms of Goddess Durga are worshiped. Every year on the 9th day of Navratri, we make a traditional offering to Goddess Durga of channe (chickpeas) and suji halwa (semolina dessert). Suji halwa is extremely easy to make and its delicious blend of roasted suji (semolina) and a variety of nuts make it a favorite among all age groups! Here’s wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous Navratri!
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
- suji (semolina) - 1 cup
- unsalted butter - 1 ½ sticks
- sugar - 2 cup
- milk - 2 cup
- elaichi (cardamom) powder - 1 tsp
- slivered almonds - ½ cup
- slivered pistachios - 2 tbsp
- saffron - few strings
- Heat butter in a saucepan, add suji (semolina) and stir consistently until it turns light brown or you can smell it being roasted on a medium flame (approximately 20 minutes)
- In the mean-time, boil the water and milk together in another saucepan
- After boiling the water and milk, take a tbsp. of the mixture, put it into a small container, add the saffron to it and soak it for 4-5 minutes
- After the suji (semolina) turns light brown, add the water and milk mixture to the saucepan and stir consistently to avoid lumps in the halwa and stir consistently for about 1-2 minutes so the suji can soak up the water and milk. NOTE: The mixture will be extremely runny but don’t worry, it’ll go back to being semi-solid form after you stir it
- Add sugar to the saucepan and stir for 2-3 minutes. NOTE: The mixture will turn into a liquid again from a solid but after stirring it, it'll go back to it’s original semi-solid form
- Add saffron, almonds, pistachios and elaichi (cardamom) powder to the saucepan
- Mix and serve warm
NOTE: An easier way to make this recipe is to dry-roast the suji (semolina) in a saucepan first until it turns light brown, add butter to it and then stir to mix the suji (semolina) and butter well. Please see step by step photos below to see the consistency of the halwa in each step.
Step by step:
Step 1 – Heat butter in a saucepan, add suji (semolina) and stir consistently until it turns light brown or you can smell it being roasted on a medium flame (approximately 20 minutes)
Step 4 – Add the water/milk mixture.
Step 4 – Stir so the suji (semolina) soaks up the water/milk mixture
Step 5 – Add sugar to the semi-solid halwa
Step 5 – Stir so the suji (semolina) soaks up all of the water that is released by the halwa