Safed Halwa (Semolina pudding)

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 homemade desi 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)


  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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