Here’s a quick, 10-minute suji halwa recipe to sweeten your Navratri celebrations

Indian festivals are rarely celebrated without traditional sweets. Learn how to make suji halwa, the most basic desi desserts of all!
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Make tasty and healthy suji halwa at home. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Radhika Bhirani Updated: 2 Oct 2022, 12:04 pm IST
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Is there a sweeter comfort food than the good ol’ suji ka halwa in an Indian household? While our recipe books may be full of halwa variations, there’s nothing quite like the simple semolina halwa. It is easy to make, has its share of health benefits and is tasty at all times. Especially during the Navratra or festival time, this traditional sweet has a special place in people’s heart. Grandmas may tell you it’s the easiest thing to make, but hey, if you’re a first-timer, we’re here to help! Let us tell you how to make suji halwa quickly!

Step-by-step recipe to make suji halwa at home

* Suji (semolina)
* Ghee
* Sugar
* Water
* Cardamom powder

Process of how to make suji halwa

1. Take an equal amount of suji, ghee and sugar.
2. Heat ghee in a kadai or saucepan. Keep it on medium flame.
3. Add suji (health benefits of suji) to it with cardamom powder and stir well.
4. Roast the semolina in ghee till the raw smell leaves. You may choose to keep it white or if you like your halwa a little brown, roast the suji till it gets the desired colour.
5. In a separate saucepan, boil thrice the amount of water with sugar to make a sugar syrup.
6. Add this sugar syrup to the roasted suji.
7. Cook for 5 minutes till you get the desired consistency for suji halwa. If you want the halwa to be a little liquid, increase the water quantity to four times instead of three times.
8. If you want, you can add the crunch of dry fruits such as raisins, almonds, walnuts and cashews. Voila, your suji halwa is ready!

Also read: Eating halwa is super healthy and can also help with weight loss. Read the big reveal

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Suji or semolina has various nutritional and health benefits. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

What are the health benefits of suji halwa

Well, it is definitely one of the most basic halwa recipes. Besides sugar, every other ingredient is healthy. While a little sugar never hurts, you’ve just got to eat it right. My grandmother used to make the best suji halwa ever, but once I found out her trick, I was a little wary about eating it. She would add twice the amount of sugar and ghee to the suji! So, I guess, if you can control the amount of ingredients you add to your suji halwa recipe, it can be great for you.

Suji is good for health

Semolina or suji, as we may already know, has its set of health benefits. It is fibrous, is easy on the stomach, can be easily digested, has healthy carbohydrates, is rich in iron, and is loaded with calcium, besides having magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. Suji can also help with weight loss!

Know the health benefits of ghee

And while ghee is always in the middle of a debate when it comes to weight loss diets, our parents and grandparents always advocate its use in food. According to a research paper published in ResearchGate, ghee or clarified butter, has been used as a therapeutic agent in Ayurveda. It is also a highly utilized ingredient in religious rituals. Yes, ghee is fat, but it has been accepted universally as superior fat to other fats, mainly because of its characteristic short chain fatty acids content, notes the paper. This gives it the power to be digested easily. Ghee also comes with the benefits of vitamins A, D, E, K and essential fatty-acids. These lend it its power to be a coolant, to improve mental power, physical looks, and healing properties.

Also read: Cow ghee or buffalo ghee: Which is a healthier variety?

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Have no doubts! Ghee is good for you. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Dry fruits have rich benefits

Also, if you add dry fruits to your suji halwa recipe, you lend it the benefits of nuts!

Well, now that you know how to make suji halwa, are you ready to get going and try it?

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Radhika Bhirani is a journalist with close to 15 years of experience in the Indian media industry. After writing extensively on health, lifestyle and entertainment, she leads the English content team at Health Shots. She has a special interest in writing on mental health and wellness. ...Read More

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