A traditional Indian sweet dish made with sooji/semolina, sugar, water, and ghee – this quick halwa recipe will surely satisfy your sweet cravings. Made with just a few ingredients and prepared in 10 minutes, try this sooji halwa recipe to enjoy a delicious Indian sweet!

Sooji Halwa Recipe
Sooji Halwa

Sooji halwa is often made to fill festivals with sweet flavours In Western and Southern parts of India, this halwa is also known as ‘Rava sheera’ and ‘Rava Kesari.’ The best thing about this Indian halwa is that you can prepare it in no time!

Delicious and Easy Indian Halwa Recipe You Must Try!

Many people add cardamom powder and chopped dry fruits to add flavour and crunch to the halwa. Whether you are looking for a quick sweet dish for impromptu guests or want to enjoy a dessert after your meal, prepare this halwa quickly and relish its taste.

So, what are you waiting for? If you have semolina at your home, make this halwa recipe and surprise your family with this delicious sweet for lunch with other salty and spicy cuisines.

Quick Stats:

  • Prep time: 2 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 4


  • Half a cup of sooji/semolina
  • One-third cup or 5-6 tablespoons of sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of ghee 
  • Half a teaspoon of cardamom powder
  • 10-12 cashews, cut them into halves or use whole
  • 2 tablespoons of raisins
  • 1 teaspoon of chironji (optional)
  • Water 1 cup
  • 1 pinch of edible camphor (optional)

Method to Prepare:

  • Take a Kadai or a pan and heat it on a low flame. Add ghee and let it heat.
  • Meanwhile, take another pan and add sugar and water to it.
  • Heat the sugar mixture from medium to high heat and let it come to a boil.
  • Now, move to the first pan. Once the ghee is melted, add sooji(semolina) and cashews to it. Stir well.
  • Ensure you stir the semolina lightly and continuously to prevent it from sticking to the pan’s surface.
  • Keep track of the sugar syrup in the second pan.
  • Stir it occasionally and when it starts boiling, simmer the flame and let it cook until the sugar dissolves completely.
  • Heat it for 4 to 5 minutes until the solution becomes thick.
  • Keep stirring the semolina for 7 to 8 minutes until it starts changing its colour.
  • Once the colour is changed, add raisins and mix well with the cooked semolina.
  • Now, add the hot sugar solution to the cooked semolina. Be very careful as the mixture splutter.
  • Then, stir continuously with the other hand while pouring the sugar syrup, as the semolina mixture will absorb water quickly and begin to swell.
  • Stir the mixture until it becomes thick and start leaving the edges of the pan.
  • Serve this sooji halwa hot or let it cool at room temperature.

Quick Tip:

  • Make sure to have fine sooji/semolina to make this sooji halwa recipe.
  • You can reduce or increase the quantity of ingredients per your requirements, but ensure it balances other ingredients.
  • To give rich flavor and taste, you can substitute water with milk. 

Nutritional Value (Per Serving):

  • Calories: 363cal
  • Fat: 22g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 50mg

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Final Words

Whether there is puja at home or you want something sweet in your lunch, or unexpected guests have arrived, you can make this sooji halwa recipe anytime since it is quick and easy to make. Garnish it with chopped nuts, and serve this delicious Indian sweet recipe.