I love sweets and I try out new sweet recipes whenever I get time. I love both North Indian and South Indian sweets. Today’s recipe is Punjabi halwa. There are varieties of Punjabi sweets like Apple halwa, Gajar halwa, Channa dal halwa, Gulab jamoon, Kala jamoon, Angoori rabdi, channa rabdi, dudhi ka halwa, Kulfi, Jalebis etc, and I have experimented all these recipes. The Punjabi halwa which I have shared here is a simple sooji halwa that is made during puja’s and festivals. It is easy to make and also delicious too. Since my kids love nuts, I usually add plenty of nuts in halwa’s. You can choose the dried fruits according to your preference. Make sure you stock a packet of sooji in your kitchen cupboard always, because this halwa can be made very quickly and you don’t have to worry when unexpected guests walk in.
Recipe for Punjabi halwa
- Sooji: 2 cup
- Sugar: 2 cups
- Water: 1 ½ cup
- Ghee: ¾ cup
- Raisins: 25 Gms
- Cashew nuts: 25 Gms
- Almonds: 25 Gms (optional)
- Saffron: a few strands
- Milk: 4 tbsp
- Cardamom: 3
- Heat a pan. Add the sooji and roast the sooji by stirring continuously till you get a nice aroma of roasted sooji. Remove sooji from the pan and allow the sooji to cool down.
- In the same pan, heat 2 tbsp of ghee. Add the raisins and saute for a few seconds. Add the cashew nuts and almonds (cut into thin strips) and saute for a few seconds till they cashew nuts turn light brown. Remove from the pan and keep aside.
- Mix the saffron in 4 tbsp of milk.
- Add 1 ½ cups of water to the sugar and mix well. Heat this mixture and keep stirring until the sugar gets dissolved in the water and you get sugary syrup.
- Remove the skin of the cardamom and powder the seeds. If you have cardamom powder, you can use ½ tsp of it.
- Heat 4 tbsp of ghee in the pan. Add the roasted sooji and saute the sooji on a low flame for a few seconds.
- Add the cardamom powder.
- Add the sugar syrup and continue cooking and stirring.
- Add ghee little by little, as you continue stirring till the ghee is completely exhausted.
- Add the saffron mix and stir till the water is absorbed and the sooji mixture thickens.
- Switch off the flame.
- Garnish the sooji halwa with fried raisins, cashew nuts and almonds.
- Serve hot.
The sooji halwa is a popular sweet made during festive seasons. Another very popular Punjabi halwa is the wheat halwa which is the main Prasad in the Gurudwara. It is a very simple and easy recipe. The ingredients are wheat flour, ghee, sugar and water. The wheat flour is fried in ghee. Sugar and water is added and stirred till the water is absorbed and the mixture thickens. That’s all! Halwa is ready!!! There is no garnishing. A very simple sweet!!!