The creamiest Coconut Kesar Halwa or Coconut Sheera/Siro is perfect for Indian festivals such as Diwali. This suji/sooji ka halwa with coconut milk is sure to become a regular on your menu.

serving suggestion of coconut halwa

Coconut Halwa | Sooji Nariyal Ka Halwa

Sooji Halwa with Coconut Milk:

✔️ Creamy and irresistible 

✔️ Perfect as dessert, breakfast or snack

✔️ Easy and quick recipe

✔️ Make-ahead dessert

✔️ It freezes well 

serving suggestion for coconut halwa

What is Sooji or Rava? 

Sooji, Suji or Rava is Semolina, which is a coarse flour made of a hard type of wheat, durum wheat. In the UK there are two types of semolina available coarse and fine and usually available in a golden yellow colour. 

Recently, Indian groceries started selling Indian semolina which is almost white in colour and also available in a coarse and fine variety. 

Both types of semolina have earthy and nutty flavours and are high in fibre and protein than normal wheat flour, however, people with high sugar level should have it in moderation. 

Semolina is a versatile ingredient, can be used in sweet and savoury recipes. We have used in making Instant Sooji Matar Dhokla and Lemon Rose Pistachio Semolina Bundt Cake

Ingredients for Coconut and Saffron Halwa:

ingredients for coconut halwa

Semolina - I used fine white semolina. You can also use coarse semolina/rawa/suji.

Coconut Milk - we used thick variety.

Desiccated Coconut

Mawa - I used homemade mawa/khoya

Sugar - white granulated sugar

Ghee - I used homemade desi ghee

Saffron - 10/12 threads soaked in 1 tbsp warm milk

Mixed nuts - Charoli, and Pistachios and Almonds (slivered)

Cardamom Powder

Vegan Coconut Halwa

Make vegan by using coconut oil instead of ghee.

Omit the mawa.

Soak the saffron in 1 tbsp coconut milk rather than dairy milk

How to make the best Coconut Halwa

1. In a saucepan add sugar and water, bring it to boil on medium heat. Once the sugar totally dissolves turn off the heat. Leave it aside. Soak saffron in warm milk and leave it aside. 

2. In a heavy-based frying pan or kadai heat ghee and add semolina. 

3. Roast it on low heat until light pink and aroma start wafting, keep stirring continuously. 

4. Add sugar syrup and mix well, then add khoya and combine well and make sure there are no lumps left.

5. Now add charoli, coconut milk, coconut and keep mixing until ghee starts leaving the mixture.

6. Add cardamom powder, ghee, saffron milk and mix well.

7. Add slivered nuts and turn off the heat.

Can I use fresh coconut?

Absolutely, yes!  


Keep the heat low when roasting the semolina and take your time with roasting it

Wait until the semolina turns light pink and aromatic. You can then move onto the next step.

Use full-fat versions of the ingredients for the creamiest halwa.

Serving and Storing:

You can make this siro in advance. It keeps well in the fridge for up to 2 days - keep away from other strong-smelling food

Serve either warm or at room temperature for the best flavour.

This siro or halwa can be served as Prasad for any holy occasions or ceremonies.

Also can be served as dessert after having a spicy Indian meal or served in a Gujarati Thali.

Sometimes we pair it with Aloo Chole (potato and chickpea curry without onion-garlic) and Poori (deep-fried Indian flatbreads) for Sunday brunch.

Other Halwa and Semolina Recipes

1. Garvanu (Gujarati semolina kheer)

2. Chocolate Passionfruit Semolina cake

3. Sooji Gujiya

4. Instant Pot Dudhi Halwa

5.Masoor Daal Halwa

6. Habshi Halwa

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Sooji Nariyal Ka Halwa |Coconut Halwa | સોજી નારિયળ નો શીરો | सूजी नारियल का हलवा Nariyal Ka Halwa also known as coconut halwa, try this delicious and easy halwa recipe today which is made with perfect measurement. Ideal for Raksha Bandhan or Ganesh Chaturthi
Author: Hayley Dhanecha


This creamy and luscious sooji ka halwa is flavoured with aromatic spice saffron and delicate flavours of coconut milk. Comes together only in 15 minutes!
Prep time: Cook time: 15 MTotal time: 15 M


  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup ghee + 1 tbsp 
  • 1/2 cupkhoya - milk solid ( used home made )
  • 3-4 tbsp desiccated or  fresh grated coconut
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk 
  • 1 cup of plain water
  • 10-12 threads of saffron soaked in 1 tsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom seed powder
  • 2-3 tbsp slivered almonds and pistachios to decorate
  • 1 tbsp. Cuddapah Almonds. 
  • Kadai or heavy-based frying pan
  • Spatula 


  1. Heat sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan, just one boil enough. Don't need to make syrup.
  2. Heat ghee in the heavy bottom pan and start roasting semolina.
  3. Keep the heat very low and stir continuously to prevent any burn or sticking at the bottom of the pan.
  4. It will take about 8-9 minutes, roast till semolina gets very light brown colour.
  5. Add sugar water and khoya and keep mixing making sure there are no lumps.
  6. Now add charoli and cashew nuts, coconut and coconut milk, keep mixing till you see ghee separating from the mixture.
  7. Now add cardamom powder, and add saffron water and 1 tbsp ghee.
  8. Cook another minute or so and turn off the heat.
  9. Transfer in a serving bowl or plate and garnish with slivered nuts.


Cuddapah Almonds known as charoli ( chironji ) nuts. Latin name is Buchanania lanzan, available in any Indian store.

If ghee is not available use unsalted butter.

We have used 1/4 cup of ghee but the amount can be taken more up to 1/2 cup.
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  1. Pudding looks simply ravishing. Wonderfully presented as well. Great to see that your preparation at the potluck party was a super hit.

  2. Rich and delicious halwa.. Yummy !!

  3. yummy delicious and tempting pudding.

  4. yummy pudding and enjoy the party di

  5. The halwa looks Heavenly !
    Nice presentation as always !!

  6. Lovely.. variety recipe for Prasadam

  7. awesome and super tempting pudding...

  8. What a tasty pudding and I love the use of semolina. The pistachios and cashews also sound like delicious additions and I'm so intrigued by the flavors...

  9. Looks Fab Jagruti :) Love it :)

  10. Wow amazing dear!! loved it and wonderful clicks :)

  11. love the addition of coconut.. Must try

  12. sheera is our weakness and adding nariyal means it gets addictive, can have that whole bowl in one go... yumm :-)

  13. looks it

  14. wonderful pudding love your presentaion and clicks too

  15. excellent..superb..awesome halwa and mind blowing presentation...!

  16. Yum! I adore Indian desserts. This one looks so light and flavorful. I love the combination of cardamom and pistachio!

  17. The flavor combo in this is so interesting. Looks really delicious and I love the idea of the virtual potluck - so fun!!

  18. I love all of the flavors in this. It looks and sounds wonderful!

  19. I love all the flavors you used in this. I bet it tastes Yummy! And serving it in the coconut shell is such a great idea.

  20. I love Indian food, so I must put this on my list!

  21. Hi haley! that looks absolutely divine! a lovely change to our usual kesari!:)

  22. Wow, that looks divine and I am sure if I serve this recipe as a prasad it will just be god blessed. The coconut will be sucha great addition to the dessert.

  23. What a lovely combination of sooji and coconut for making halwa. Recently I made cake using the same Ingredients.
    Youe detailed recipe makes this recipe a breeze to make anyday.

  24. Yumm, that halwa looks so exotic and amazing. Adding coconut milk and grated coconut sounds absolutely delicious. I want to make this for my family soon.

  25. Beautiful clicks, tempting halwa and so different. Would love to taste coconut halwa as its got my favorite ingredient, coconut. Definitely worth a try for the upcoming festivals.

  26. Semolina halwa is very regular but adding a coconut in it is an absolutely amazing idea. Really a worth trying recipe.

  27. Semolina halwa is a regular affair at home and I too like to add coconut to it but never added coconut milk. Will try the net time I make it...Delicious share!!

  28. This is such a fun and flavorful twist to the regular sooji ka halwa. I love the flavor of coconut and this halwa made with coconut milk will be so delicious.

  29. I remember my mom used to make suzi halwa with coconut or rather she would add dried coconut flakes on top. Love the idea of adding khoya in it, must have made it so rich and delicious. Beautiful pictures

  30. Festive season has started and this coconut sooji halwa is the perfect sweet dish for festive occasions... Love the addition of coconut milk in the halwa

  31. Wow what a delicious twist to our regular Sooji halwa! Coconut must have added a wonderful aroma to the dessert!


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