Sooji Halwa – Ashtami Prasad

Sooji Halwa - Ashtami Prasad

It is again that time of the year when the fasting period is coming to an end and every people who observe Navratri are getting ready to celebrate ASHTAMI/NAVAMI – eighth/ninth day of Navratri. During this puja small girls are worshiped and is referred to as KANJAK PUJAN (Kanya pujan). KANJAK refers to kanya pujan, young girls from birth – 9 years of age are ceremonially worshiped. People wash their young feet, apply kumkum and tie roli (a sacred thread) on their hands. Later young girls are offered kala chana – Ashtami Prasad and before they leave people give them gifts in form of money or toys. Durga Ashtami is the most auspicious days of the year.

Sooji Halwa or suji ka sheera is a common household recipe. This halwa is paired up with Kale chane and puri as a part of Ashtami prasad. Kid friendly, simple and easy to follow recipe.

MOM’S TIP – 1. Always cook halwa to a point till it turns light brown in color and then take it off the flame, add water and return it back to the stove to dry it out. REASON – even if it is on the low flame sooji keeps on cooking and turns darker and darker. Taking it off the flame slows down the process and adding water at this point avoids hot splashes. 

2. Adding milk brings the color of sooji back to light cream and makes the halwa soft and smooth.

3. The key to a soft halwa is to take it off the flame when its of a dropping consistency and still gooey. Don’t worry within 10 minutes it will dry out and become thick.

HAPPY ASHTAMI TO ALL OF YOU!! Enjoy ashtami prasad with Kale chana and Puri.

Sooji Halwa - Ashtami PrasadSooji Halwa - Ashtami Prasad

Sooji Halwa - Ashtami Prasad
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Simple and delicious halwa prepared with semolina and sugar.
Servings Prep Time
4 PEOPLE 5 MINUTES
Cook Time
20 MINUTES
Servings Prep Time
4 PEOPLE 5 MINUTES
Cook Time
20 MINUTES
Sooji Halwa - Ashtami Prasad
Votes: 9
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Simple and delicious halwa prepared with semolina and sugar.
Servings Prep Time
4 PEOPLE 5 MINUTES
Cook Time
20 MINUTES
Servings Prep Time
4 PEOPLE 5 MINUTES
Cook Time
20 MINUTES
INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup Sooji (Semolina)
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cardamom Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Silvered almonds for garnish
  • 6 tablespoon Unsalted butter or Ghee
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METHOD
  1. Assemble all the ingredients.
  2. Lets begin by boiling sugar with milk and water in a pan.
  3. Keep stirring till sugar is fully dissolved.
  4. Heat ghee in another pan and add sooji. Make sure the flame is on medium low.
  5. Keep stirring till sooji turns from creamish color to light brown in color.
  6. Stir in cardamom powder.
  7. Reduce the flame to the LOWEST SETTING and CAREFULLY drop in the boiled milk-water-sugar mixture.
  8. It will become all liquidy.
  9. Increase the flame and start cooking. Keep turning the halwa in a circular motion making sure nothing sticks to the bottom.
  10. It will be all bubbly and splashy. Make sure the heat is at medium low or-else it will splash all over.
  11. Take it off the flame when the halwa is of a dropping consistency.
  12. Do not worry it will become chunky as it dries out.
  13. This is how the halwa will look after 10 minutes.
  14. Garnish with silvered almonds and other nuts and enjoy!!
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10 Responses

  1. Prerna says:

    I am a naive when it comes to cooking but I really wanted to make poori channa n halwa combi for my daughter’s first navratri.
    It turned out to be very quick n delicious. Thank you Ruchi ! 🙂

  2. Bhamini Thukral says:

    I will use this recipe for ashtami tomorrow.All these years I had been making halwa without adding milk.Guess that is why after some time it would become very hard.Maybe this time I am able to make good halwa which everybody likes as much as they like the kala chana.Thanks Ruchi

  3. Rajee says:

    I am going to try this tomorrow morning for prayers. This is by far the best and detailed reciepe put there. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Nnair says:

    Thank you for a wonderful recipe. My halwa came out great!

  5. Anjana says:

    After few of your recipes turned out to be a great success for me, I trust you blindfoldly. In this trust I made this halwa which was a disaster every time I made it, it was a hit. Hubby liked it, every bit and he even asked for more. I am on cloud 9 Ruchi, all because of you. Thanks dear.

    • RK says:

      You are very welcome Anjana! Thanks you for sharing your experience with me, glad you liked my recipe 🙂

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