Sooji Modak / Halwa
I made Sooji Modak during Ganpati festival and it is a big festival in Maharashtra, India. It is said, Ganpati loves Modak therefore people make this.
This is easy recipe with less ingredients and taste amazing. Sooji Halwa need no introduction. Its an ever green Indian dessert made all across the country for festivals, as prasad and for pretty much any kind of celebration. I have used saffron , this will give beautiful color.
If you do not want to make modak kind of shape, you can direct eat it or offer god at the time of prayer. We sometimes just eat during breakfast.
Modak kind of shape is formed by shaper which is easily available in amazon or nearby Indian grocery store.
I hope to try more different types of Modak next year during Ganpati festival.
I have coated flax seeds on some of them
Sooji Modak / Halwa
- ½ cup semolina ( suji or rava)
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¼ cup ghee
- 12 cashew, halved
- 4 cardamom pods, finely crushed
- 1 ½ cups water
- pinch saffron ( optional)
Ste by step cooking
- In a small pressure cooker/ Kadhai add the water, saffron (optional) and sugar. Simmer the mixture for 10 minutes.
- Heat a pan and add one teaspoon of ghee and add the cashew. Saute till light golden. Remove and set a side.
- Add the rest of the ghee and semolina to the pan and roast the rava.
- We need to roast the rava and boil the water sugar mixture parallelly. Rava needs to be hot when we add to the boiling sugar water.
- Roast the rava in medium flame till it slightly changes color and you can feel nice aroma.
- Bring the sugar mixture to a full boil and add the roasted hot rava.
- Initially it will bubble up, mix it well and cook for 30 – 40 seconds (not more than that)
- Turn off the stove. Set a side for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes - add the crushed cardamom.
- Mix it well, you will observe that the rava has absorbed all the moisture and is well cooked.
- Transfer the halwa to a plate and let cool for 10 minutes. Using the modak mould / shaper place the halwa on both side and add a fried cashew and close it.
- Add little milk to soft the Halwa