Pineapple Halwa – Semolina & Pineapple Pudding

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    This is an old post that has been sitting in my drafts folder for too long. I wasn’t sure about posting this well because I wasn’t happy with the pictures. I was in a rush while clicking these pictures and the artificial light didn’t help either. But I have finally decided to put this up simply because the halwa tasted good so what if doesn’t look that appetizing in pictures ; )

    Known as kesari in south India and halwa in north, it is made in every household in India and you never need a special occasion for making it. Halwa can be made using semolina, whole wheat flour, lentils, carrots etc. Out of these the one made with semolina (sooji) is the most popular.

    This halwa is basically sooji halwa in which pineapple has been added to give it a tasty twist. I used canned crushed pineapple for this recipe but you can use real pineapple too. If using real pineapple, chop it into small pieces and cook in water for 5 minutes till it becomes soft and then add in the halwa.

     

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    Semolina (sooji): 1/2 cup

    Sugar: 3/4 cup

    Milk: 1/2 cup

    Water: 1.5 cups

    Ghee (clarified butter): 1/4 cup

    Pineapple, crushed: 1 cup [ I used crushed pineapple can]

    Cardamom powder: 1/2 tsp

    Yellow food color: a drop

    Nuts, to garnish

     

    Method

    Take water and milk in a pan and put it on medium heat.

    1. Heat ghee or butter in a pan. Traditionally ghee [clarified butter] is used to make all types of halwa, but you can use unsalted butter instead.

    2. Once the ghee is hot, add semolina (sooji) and roast on medium-low flame till it’s roasted and starts giving a nice aroma.

    3. Now add hot water and milk to semolina while stirring continuously.

    Pineapple-Halwa-Recipe-Step-1-notitle-cwm4. Once the water and milk is absorbed, add the crushed pineapple and mix.

    5. Add sugar and mix. The mixture will again begin to loosen up when you add the sugar, keep stirring making sure there are no lumps.

    6. Add food color and simmer on medium-low flame for 2 minutes. Add cardamom powder and switch off the flame.

    Pineapple-Halwa-Recipe-Step-2-notitle-cwmGarnish with nuts of your choice and serve warm.

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    * If using nuts, fry them in little ghee first and then use them to garnish the halwa. I didn’t do that because I made this for someone who is allergic to nuts so I skipped that step.

    * Adjust the sugar to taste, the canned pineapple already had sugar in it so 3/4 was good enough for me.

    Pineapple Halwa - Semolina & Pineapple Pudding

    Indian sooji halwa with a touch of pineapple!
    Course Dessert
    Cuisine Indian
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 423 kcal
    Author: Manali
    4 from 1 vote
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    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. Heat water and milk in a pan.
    2. Heat ghee or butter in a pan.
    3. Once the ghee is hot, add semolina (sooji) and roast on medium-low flame till it's roasted and starts giving a nice aroma.
    4. Add hot water and milk to semolina while stirring continuously.
    5. Once the water and milk is absorbed, add the crushed pineapple and mix.
    6. Add sugar and mix. The mixture will again begin to loosen up when you add the sugar, keep stirring making sure there are no lumps.
    7. Add food color and simmer on medium-low flame for 2 minutes. Add cardamom powder and switch off the flame.
    8. Garnish with nuts of your choice and serve warm.
    Nutrition Facts
    Pineapple Halwa - Semolina & Pineapple Pudding
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 423 Calories from Fat 108
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 12g18%
    Saturated Fat 7g44%
    Cholesterol 31mg10%
    Sodium 20mg1%
    Potassium 254mg7%
    Carbohydrates 76g25%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 59g66%
    Protein 4g8%
    Vitamin A 120IU2%
    Vitamin C 13.3mg16%
    Calcium 63mg6%
    Iron 1.3mg7%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

     

     

    6 thoughts on “Pineapple Halwa – Semolina & Pineapple Pudding

    1. 4 stars
      If I am using fresh pineapple (not the canned in sugar syrup variety) should I cook it separately first? I tried the sheera with fresh pineapple and while the initial taste is good, it leaves a slightly bitter taste in the mouth. What am I doing wrong?

      1. hmm bitter taste of pineapple can be because you didn’t entirely remove the skin of the pineapple,so check that out. And yes if using fresh pineapple, cut into cubes and boil the cubes for 5 minutes till they becomes little soft..hope this helps!

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