Semolina Halva

Sooji ka halva

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By Madhur Jaffrey

Published 2023

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This very light, fluffy halva may be eaten as a snack or at the end of a meal. It is very popular with children. The semolina (sooji in Hindi) is best bought from an Indian grocer.


  • 570 ml/1 pint water
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil, or


  1. Bring the measured water to the boil in a saucepan. Once it comes to a rolling boil, reduce the heat to very low and let the saucepan sit on the back of the cooker.
  2. Heat the oil or ghee in a large, preferably non-stick frying pan over a medium flame. When hot, put in the almonds. Stir and fry them until they turn golden. Take them out with a slotted spoon and l