Sooji Halwa – Ashtami Prasad
Quick and easy Sooji Halwa – Ashtami Prasad is a traditional Indian slow cooked sweet semolina pudding that comes together in 20 minutes and is prepared with just 6 basic ingredients!
It is again that time of the year when fasting period is coming to an end and every people who observe Navratri are prepping up to celebrate ASHTAMI/NAVAMI – eighth/ninth day of Navratri. And on this day sooji halwa – ashtami prasad or suji ka sheera is commonly prepared in every household.
Sooji halwa when paired with Kale chane and puri makes the traditional Ashtami prasad. People do Ashtami pujan and distribute prasad among young girls. Young girls from birth – 9 years of age are considered as Kanjak and therefore are ceremonially worshiped.
How Kanjak Pujan is done!
People welcome young girls in their house.
- Wash their young feet,
- Apply kumkum on their forehead and
- Tie roli (a sacred thread) on their little hands.
- Perform the young girls aarti, touch their feet and seek their blessings.
- Then the girls are made to sit in a row and
- Later they are served kala chana – Ashtami Prasad
- When they are done eating and ready to leave people shower them gifts in form of money or toys.
Durga Ashtami is the most auspicious day of the year and people celebrate it with great zeal and enthusiasm.
Few tips –
It’s a pretty straightforward recipe. Follow a step by step guide below to a fail proof sooji halwa – ashtami prasad recipe. Remember the simple ratio – it’s 1:1:1:3 – sooji (1), sugar (1), ghee (1) water+ milk (3).
- 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.
- Adding milk brings the color of sooji back to light cream and makes the halwa soft and smooth.
- 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 become grainy in texture.
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