Punjabi semolina halwa (suji halwa)
- Preparation and cooking time
- Serves 4 - 6
- 6 green cardamom pods
- 175g golden caster sugar
- 125g ghee
- 125g semolina, chapati flour or wholewheat flour
- 25g raisins, soaked in hot water
- 25g almonds, sliced with their skin on
- STEP 1
- STEP 2
Heat the remaining sugar in a pan over a medium heat with 600ml water until dissolved. Add the empty cardamom pods and simmer, uncovered, for 5 mins. Turn off the heat, cover the pan and set aside.
- STEP 3
Heat the ghee in a wok or karahi over a medium heat, then add the semolina or flour. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring all the time, until it releases a toasted aroma and turns a biscuity golden colour, about 10 mins.
- STEP 4
Take the pan off the heat. Discard the empty cardamom pods from the warm syrup and pour it over the semolina in a thin, steady stream, stirring all the time. Take care – it will sputter. Return the pan to a medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the semolina thickens. It should have the consistency of creamy mashed potato. Stir in the ground cardamom, drained raisins and most of the sliced almonds. Serve piping hot with the remaining almonds scattered over.