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What is Semolina or Sooji? Semolina, A Perfect Dessert - Sooji Ka Halwa and More

Updated on May 14, 2012

Sooji or Samolina

What is Semolina?

Semolina is a coarse flour and usually made from Durum wheat. It contains the nutritious portion of the grain, which is left behind during the process of milling and sifting the flour. Semolina is commonly used in the manufacturing of pasta because of its high gluten content. It is also known as sooji or wheat of cream.

Calories per Ingredient

Here are the foods from database that were used for the nutrition calculations of this recipe.

Calories per serving of Suji Halwa

66 calories of Semolina, enriched, (0.11 cup)

62 calories of Granulated Sugar, (0.08 cup)

37 calories of Ghee, (0.33 tbsp)

13 calories of Almonds, (0.08 oz (24 whole kernels))

9 calories of Raisins, golden seedless, (0.02 cup (not packed))

0 calories of Water, tap, (0.42 cup (8 fl oz))

Boiling Milk, Water, Sugar, Cardamom and Saffron
Boiling Milk, Water, Sugar, Cardamom and Saffron | Source
Butter is melting
Butter is melting | Source
Sooji and butter
Sooji and butter | Source
Halwa is done
Halwa is done | Source

How to Buy Semolina?

There are 3 kinds of Semolina found in the market.

  • Finely grained semolina
  • Medium grained semolina
  • Big grained semolina.

You need to see that the semolina you are going to buy is made from soft wheat or hard/ durum wheat. If you are going to make gnocchi, pasta and home-made couscous.then you may want to buy durum wheat semolina.

How to Store Semolina?

Always store in a cool and dry places, if possible in an airtight container.

You can store in an air tight container for 2-3 months.

After this period you need to store in refrigerator.

Make sure that bags and containers are not ope, to avoid any infestation by the moth or beetle.

Semolina Recipe

Sooji Ka Halwa


  • 1 cup sooji or cream of wheat or semolina flour
  • 1/4 cup ghee or clear butter, or sweet butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar or as per your taste
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Pinch crushed cardamoms seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds for garnish
  • 10 Strings of saffron – crushed (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons of thin sliced almonds
  • 2 Tablespoons of thin sliced cashew nuts
  • 1 Cup of water
  • Pistachio to garnish ( Optional)

How to Make Sooji Ka Halwa

  1. In a medium saucepan boil the milk,water, add sugar, saffron and cardamom powder on low medium heat. Bring to boil and keep it separate.
  2. Add butter in a large frying pan and turn on medium heat
  3. When butter started melting, add sooji or semolina and continue to roast on medium heat, stirring constantly this will take about 15 to 20 minutes. Sooji will be golden brown in color and will have a light sweet aroma. Now roasting the semolina is completed.
  4. Turn the heat on low and wait for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the syrup slowly, as you add the syrup to sooji, water may splatter little bit. Just be careful at this stage.
  6. Add raisins and almonds into the mixture.
  7. Turn down the heat to medium low and let it cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  8. Continue stirring until mixture has thickened to a consistency of pudding.
  9. Semolina will absorb the water, as the pudding or halwa cools so keep halva a little more softer then you want.
  10. Serve hot for best taste. If you like, garnish with shaved pistachio, almonds or shredded coconut.

Sooji Ka Halwa


Other Use of Semolina or Sooji

  • Use sooji instead of corn meal to the bottom of fresh pizza dough to avoid any sticking
  • Use 2-3 spoon of semolina in to a bread mixture to make crust tasty.
  • You can boil with milk, and add some sugar or flavor it with vanilla to make a pudding and serve with jam.
  • This can be substituted for some of the regular flour in cakes and biscuits to give a crispness.
  • This is commonly used in the manufacturing of pasta and gives the pasta its pleasant taste and texture, but can also be used quite effectively to thicken stews, as a base for souffle as a hot cereal or as a cooked meal on its own.
  • Used to make couscous, which is cooked like rice.
  • The other recipes you can make with semolina are savory foods like rava dosa, rava idli and upma

Health Benefits of Semolina or Sooji

  • Low-fat, high carbohydrate food, provides a lot of energy, an ideal food for active, energetic people.
  • Low in cholesterol and sodium and high in fiber which can be a well-balanced diet.
  • Very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and contains zero trans fatty acids.
  • High in vitamin E and also contains B complex.
  • Because semolina is made from durum wheat and not the softer wheat that goes into bread, it is digested more slowly and has a low Glycemic index, which is good news for people wishing to lose weight and blood sugar, especially for diabetics.
  • Potassium in semolina supports good kidney and heart function and the smooth function of other muscles, phosphorus, required by the body to metabolize energy, magnesium for healthy muscles, bones and nerves, calcium for strong bones and zinc to boost the immune system.


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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Hi articlesocean, Thanks for liking Halwa. It taste good with puri.I love it too. Thanks for your time to comment. God Bless you!

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      Saira Sheikh 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I love Sojhi Halwa with Nan bread. You can also eat this halwa with Puri. the full name of the dish is Halwa Puri.

      Thanks for sharing the recipe. Voted up!

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Millionaire Tips, yes you can make it with cream of wheat, it is the same thing. Thanks for visiting on my hub page. God Bless you!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      One of my favorite foods here - I haven't made this in a while, so I will definitely have to do that. When I can't make it to the Indian store, I go to a regular grocery store and buy Cream of Wheat. It is semolina, and has the right consistency for this recipe.

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for stopping by and your feed back I really appreciate it.

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      itakins 5 years ago from Irl

      Fantastic recipe -thank you.I definitely will try this.Voted up +

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Paramapoonya, thanks for stopping by and comments.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Yummy! I'll bookmark this and give it a try sometime. Thanks so much for sharing :)