1/3cupsugar75 grams, or use more for a sweeter halwa
3/4cupwater6 oz/180 ml
3/4cupmilk6 oz/ 180 ml
1/2cupghee100 grams, in semi-solid state
1/2cupsooji (semolina)90 grams, use fine sooji
10wholecashew nutsbroken into small pieces
To a pan, add sugar, water and milk. Stir and let it heat up on medium heat. You don't want to boil it but mixture should be heated through and sugar should be dissolved.
While the milk-water heats up, put a pan on medium heat and add ghee to it. Let the ghee melt. Then add sooji to the pan and stir. Add in the broken cashews and stir.
Stirring continuously, roast the sooji on low-medium heat. Add cardamom powder and continue to stir.
Stir for around 8 to 9 minutes on low-medium heat. As soon as sooji is fragrant and beginning to change color, that it the time to add the liquid.I don't like to brown my sooji, if you want darker color halwa, roast couple more minutes.
Add the heated milk-water-sugar-mixture into the pan. It will bubble a lot as you add the liquids into the pan so be careful and add slowly.
Whisk the sooji continuously as you add the liquids. Add the liquids in 2-3 parts, whisking continuously with one hand.
Keep stirring, sooji will begin to absorb the liquid and thicken up.Stir for 2 minutes more until the halwa thickens and leaves the sides of the pan.
Garnish with more cashews and serve sooji halwa warm!
You can add raisins and almonds to the halwa.
If you think that's a lot of ghee, you can cut it down to 1/3 cup. I would not recommend going below that.
This halwa is lightly sweetened. For a sweeter halwa, use 1/2 cup sugar.
You can add saffron for color and flavor. Add it to the liquids while heating them up.
If you prefer a more roasted halwa, simply roast the sooji for additional 1 to 2 minutes for darker color halwa.