The Indian festive season has begun, and kitchens in most Indian households have been buzzing with activity. Mine is no different. I’ve spent the past few days planning and re-planning various menus. I remember a time, not too long ago, when Hubby Dear and I would throw lavish Diwali parties. We’d have an extensive menu – which often included this delicious Sooji Halwa, which would have me begin the cooking process a day or two in advance. Those were the days!
This year of course, we will keep it low-key with just family. But does this mean we skimp on the food? Of course not! I could never live with myself if I did. The cooking will still go on in full swing. We generally tend to have a very light breakfast, and I cook up a storm for our Diwali lunch – which usually includes some sort of a homemade sweet treat - and this year it will be Hubby Dear's favourite Sooji Halwa. Dinner will typically vary between different kinds of snacky or finger food while we all sit down to a competitive game of cards.
While traditionally, people tend to make the classic Indian desserts loaded with ghee, milk and dried fruits, I for one, never cared for them. I find them cloyingly sweet for my taste and often just give them a pass after a bite or two. This recipe I’m sharing with you today is a surprisingly quick version of the traditional Sooji Halwa, made completely dairy-free. It’s delicious and you’ll definitely want to fill your bowls up a second time. Try it, I promise you won’t regret it!
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Vegan Sooji Halwa (Semolina Pudding)
- ¼ cup light cooking oil
- 1 cup semolina
- ¼ cup sugar add more if you like it really sweet
- 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoon thinly sliced almonds for garnish
- Heat oil in a non-stick pan and fry the semolina till it starts to lightly brown. Be careful to stir often, so as not to let it burn.
- Add in sugar and cardamom powder, and fry for a few minutes till the sugar starts to melt.
- Slowly pour in the water and continue to stir till all the water dries up and starts to form a thicker consistency.
- Toss in sliced almonds, and serve warm.
If you enjoyed this recipe, then you will surely like my Dairy-free Gajar Halwa recipe as well.
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