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Traditionally in our country, all auspicious/new beginnings/celebrations in one’s life are accompanied with the cooking of sooji halwa. It could be the start of a new married life or entry into a new home, this is the first sweet dish you are supposed to cook in your kitchen.
I too was supposed to cook this halwa on a destined day, when all the relatives and family gathered to taste the food cooked by the new bride for the first time and bestow their blessings/gifts on her. I being a complete novice was nervous beyond imagination even though there was not much pressure, but I wanted to learn and cook it the right way from the very first day ‘cause as they say “First impression is the last impression”.
I gathered on the recipe from the chats of few elderly women in the family and was determined to get a perfectly cooked halwa. And the new bride, as in me was able to impress everyone with a flavorful halwa. So here’s the perfected recipe for all of you, whether you are a new bride, a seasoned cook, or someone craving for some freshly cooked halwa, let’s begin!
Ingredients (You will need):
1 cup sooji/rava/semolina
½ cup ghee/clarified butter
2 cups sugar
4 cups water
Some food colour/saffron strands in 1 tsp milk
Dry fruits for garnishing
Cardamom seed/ilachi powder
Melt ghee in a utensil of your choice and add sooji.
In another pan, heat water and add sugar to make a sugar syrup (takes approximately 5 minutes for the sugar to dissolve completely). I have added cardamom seed powder to the same.
Once the sooji achieves desired colour (approximately 5 minutes), add the sugar syrup from step 3 to the sooji. Be careful as both pans are at high temperature and there would be lot of spluttering.
Cook the mixture again till the water evaporates or you start seeing bubbles at the edges of the halwa.
Garnish with dry fruit shavings, I have used almond shavings here.
Hope you like this recipe, do try and let me know how was your halwa!
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