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Punjabi semolina halwa (Suji halwa) served in a bowl

Punjabi semolina halwa (suji halwa)

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
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  • Easy
  • Serves 4 - 6

Serve this Indian dessert at special occasions such as Diwali. With almonds, cardamom and raisins, it has a rich, buttery flavour and toasty semolina aroma

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving (6)
NutrientUnit
kcal414
fat23g
saturates12g
carbs48g
sugars32g
fibre1g
protein4g
salt0.01g
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Ingredients

Method

  • STEP 1

    Split the cardamom pods with a sharp knife and remove the seeds. Grind the seeds to a powder with 1 tsp of the sugar using a pestle and mortar. Keep the empty pods for the syrup.

  • 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.

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