Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Ravva kesari - sooji ka halwa

This is a special Indian dessert made with cream of wheat.  When you think of quick and easy Indian dessert, sooji ka halwa comes to mind.  It is easy to prepare, takes only few minutes to make with the basic and standard ingredients like milk, sugar and ghee.

Cream of wheat/ Bombai ravva/ sooji  - 1 cup
Ghee or butter  - 5 tbsp
Milk - 3 cups
Raisins - 1 tbsp
Cashewnuts - 6-8
Chironji - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Saffron strands - few 
Food colour - optional

Heat butter or ghee in a pan. Fry dry fruits and nuts till golden brown.  Add Cream of wheat/sooji and fry till it turns light brown in colour. Remove from heat and keep a aside.

In a separate pan Boil 3 cups of milk, when the milk reaches boiling point add sugar and keep stirring until it dissolves.  Add the saffron strands, cardamom powder.   Now add the fried cream of wheat/ sooji slowly and gradually, keep stirring to avoid lumps. Cook till it becomes dry and slightly firm.

Grease a pan and pour the contents and smoothen it out.  Cut into bite size pieces and serve or serve hot  just like that.

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