Sooji Ka Halwa- Ashtami Prasad-Best Sooji Halwa recipe

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Sooji Ka Halwa- Ashtami Prasad /Sooji ka Halwa/ Semolina pudding is a dessert prepared with semolina and sugar syrup and infused with the flavors of refreshing green cardamom and saffron. To add to its flavors you may add some toasted dry fruits and top it with fresh grated coconut.

sooji halwa prasad

Sooji ka halwa although prepared anytime of the year is truly Indian dessert.Prepared in all parts of the country. But its truly symbolic of  pooja Prasad in India. Be it havan , pooja or any traditional ritual Sooji halwa is made as an offering /Prasad for the Pooja.Its simple and sacred and almost a ritual in most parts of the country.

 

sooji halwa ashtami prasad

One such pooja is Durga Ashtami. Marked by the End of 9 days of fasting popularly know as Navratri Fasting.

On this day we prepare Kala chana ,poori and sooji halwa to perform Kanjak /Kanjake.Prayers are offered to Godess durga and as a ritual little teenage girls under the age of 9 seen as an embodiment of Godess Durga are worshiped .Its called Kanjak pujan or kanya poojan.

Everyone who observes these Navratri fast celebrates Ashtami i.e the eighth  or Navmi i.e the ninth day of Fasting and mark the closure of fasting with Ashtami poojan/Navmi Poojan.

It like a festival or the beginning of Festivals in India.

Kala chana/Black chickpeas – Sooji Halwa/Semolina pudding – Poori are prepared paired with a gift some money and offered to the little Goddesses which visit the house to accept our prayers, bless us and complete the auspicious puja.

People welcome the little girls in their house and traditionally first wash their feet and touch them to seek their blessings. We then make then sit in a row and then perform the following before serving them with Ashtami Prasad or Durga Bhog.

The Ashtami Prasad is a simple preparation of  pooris made with whole wheat flour, sookha chana/dry black peas i.e soaked and boiled Kala chana  tempered with spices and as a dessert Sooji ka Halwa/ Semolina pudding.

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Sooji Ka Halwa- Ashtami Prasad

Sooji Ka Halwa- Ashtami Prasad


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Sooji Halwa-Ashtami Prasad
Sooji ka Halwa/ Semolina pudding is a dessert prepared with semolina and sugar syrup and infused with the flavors of refreshing green cardamom and saffron. To add to its flavors you may add some toasted dry fruits and top it with fresh grated coconut.
sooji halwa prasad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
ppl
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
ppl
Ingredients
sooji halwa prasad
Instructions
  1. In a kadai, take the ghee and add sooji and keep it on medium high flame to cook. You will need to constantly keep stirring to avoid uneven browning of the semolina/sooji.
  2. Meanwhile, add the water , saffron, sugar and green cardamom to a saucepan and keep it on flame to boil .Bring it to boil and let the sugar dissolve completely.
  3. Now , check the semolina and keep stirring till its light brown in color. Stirring will ensure that the sooji has got an even color.
  4. Once sooji is done, reduce flame and add the sugar water to the sooji .Be careful the water may splash a bit when put to sooji so please add the water very slowly.Also do reduce flame before adding the water as high flame will make the water splash more. Dont burn your hand.
  5. Keep stirring till all the water evaporates. Close the flame when the spoon moves smoothly in the pan but the water has evaporated.Some people like it a little runny so shut down when you reach the desired consistency.
  6. Garnish with chopped almonds, and freshly grated coconut/ fresh coconut slices.
Recipe Notes

My cup size is 1 cup = 200 ml

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