You're Invited - Sutupa Ghosh ! Safed Halwa- Semolina pudding

Made n Enjoyed
Hello readers,

I am delighted to start a new venture on Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey...."You're Invited" ! I had this concept on my mind for the past 6-7 months and finally it's on the floor. The reason behind this concept was to meet so many of you wonderful food bloggers and display YOUR cooking expertise.

So how it will work ?

I will invite you food bloggers and publish Guest Posts by you on JCO. It would be fab if you invite your fellow bloggers to also write posts for JCO so please feel free to do so and don't be shy!

So today it gratifies me to begin by introducing Sutapa Ghosh of Tips for healthy and delicious cooking and Sutapa's Indian Cuisine. We became very dear friends through social network, and when I asked her about guest post, without any hesitation she agreed . Her two blogs are full of mouthwatering delicacies of western, authentic Indian and specially Bengali Cuisine . Please do visit her blogs and take advantage of her yummy cooking..

So friends let's hear it from Sutupa..

I am Sutapa Ghosh from India. A passionate foodie who love to share her culinary experiences with the world so I started my healthy food blog Tips for Delicious and Healthy Cooking 4 yrs back. This site became popular not only among the American audience but also from people all over the world. Then nine months back I started my Indian food blog Sutapa's Indian Cuisine which is absolutely dedicated to explore the various taste of Indian cuisine. In this few years of blogging I met many friends who are not only great foodies but wonderful people to spent time with. Jagruti is one such dear friend and today I am feeling blessed to be part of her blog and wonderful foodie journey.

Safed Halwa
Halwa or halva is a dense sweet confection very popular in India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and surrounding countries. In India though semolina halwa is popular and mostly this is related to the North Indian cuisine but it has a very prominent South Indian version known as  alvaa in Tamil is from Tirunelveli a city in the state of Tamil Nadu. Another closely related version of halwa is kesari or kesari –bath. In Maharastra halwa is called Sheera where as it is known as sujir halua in Bengali and Rava Kesari in Telugu. Today we are making the yummiest yet easy version of this awesome dessert.

1 cup suji ( semolina)
¼ cup ghee ( clarified butter)
1/ 4 tsp of elaichi powder
1 cup sugar or to taste
4 cup   full fat milk
½  cup dry fruits ( cashew, raisin, pistachio)
1 whole bay leaves break into halves
A very small pinch of salt
½ tsp of rose water ( optional)
 few rose petals for garnish

Methods of Cooking
Boil 4 cup of milk and make it 2 cup. Keep it aside.
Heat ½ tsp of ghee in a pan and fry all the dry fruits a little and keep aside.
Now in a pan add ghee then add bay leaves and then suji.

Fry suji for a minute so that the color don’t change now add a pinch of salt, sugar and elaichi powder, and the fried dry fruits mix well.
Add warm milk and let it boil. Stir and cook for 2 minutes and then put off the flame. Put it on a serving dish sprinkle rose water if using.
Garnish with fried cashew, raisin and pistachio and rose petals. 
Serve hot or cold with simple poori or meva stuffed poori or if you want to cut short calories have it with multigrain Indian flat bread (roti)
I think Jagruti you will love this safed halwa and your blog readers will  love it too.
Be Happy And Stay Healthy.
Thank you very much Sutupa for this yummylicious Sooji Halwa recipe and guest post. There's something new that I have learnt here- adding bay leaves in halwa. I am very eager to try it out soon, and I am sure our readers will follow your recipe and blog too.

It's an honor to have you on JCO !!


  1. I couldn't stop by without commenting on this pic and post.

    Lovely pic Sutupa. Jagruti thanks for inviting all of us.

  2. A very lovely concept Jag. The halwa looks delicious.Adding bay leaf is new to me too.

  3. Wow interesting theme Jags, safed halwa sounds super flavourful and absolutely yummy..Thanks to both of you for this wonderful post.

  4. very delicious halwa..looks just perfect

  5. Love the concept and recipe and guest post both. Very tempting pic. I wish you all the best :)

  6. Halwa looks truly divine ,loved the addition of bayleaf.never tried this before..very lovely concept Jagruti..loved your guest post and yes Sutapa's lovely blog have a huge collection of amazing recipes.loved all of them :)


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