Suji halwa sweetened with jaggery

Suji halwa or semolina pudding or sheera is an Indian dessert that is relished by all and can be prepared quickly

suji halwa made with jaggery

Suji Halwa (also called sheera) is a simple dessert that can be prepared in less that 15 minutes. It tastes best when eaten piping hot just after it is freshly prepared. It is often offered as prasad at temples and is the favourite of children and adults alike.

In this recipe, I’ve replaced refined sugar with organic jaggery—making it rich in iron and other minerals such as magnesium, potassium and manganese . It’s the perfect comfort food on a rainy day when you’re craving something warm and wholesome.

Recipe for Suji Halwa sweetened with jaggery


  • Suji: 1 cup
  • Jaggery: 1.5 cups
  • Ghee: 2 tablespoons
  • Almonds, raisins, pistachios: 4 – 5 each
  • Water: 2 – 3 cups

Method to prepare Suji Halwa

  1. Heat ghee in a pan. Add the suji or semolina and roast till it turns slightly brown. Be careful to not burn the semolina.
  2. While the semolina is roasting, boil 2 – 3 cups water. Add the jaggery to it and let it dissolve.
  3. Once the semolina has roasted and slightly browned, lower the flame and add the heated water to it. Be careful as the mixture splutters once water is added.
  4. Mix well and let it cook for few minutes till it dries to a consistency you want.
  5. Garnish with nuts.

Your Suji Halwa is ready. Serve hot!

Tip: If you’re looking for a porridge like consistency, add 3 – 4 cups water to 1 cup semolina. If you want a dry consistency, add 2 cups water for 1 cup semolina.

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Grazilia Almeida-Khatri
Trained as a physician, Dr Grazilia Almeida-Khatri is a wellness coach and consultant. She endorses yoga as a way of life and conducts wellness and yoga retreats for individuals and corporates. She is also trained in Pilates by Michael King, who is based in the UK. Dr Grazilia is a practitioner of the Body Mirror System of healing as taught by Sir Martin Brofman. She lives in Pune, India and offers consultations in person and online.


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