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  • 1 cup of Semolina (Sooji)
  • Dry Fruits (optional - according to taste)
  • 5-6 Cardamom Pods (Choti Ilaichi)
  • Almonds (Badaam) (slivered) (according to taste)
  • Cashewnuts (Kaaju) (chopped) (according to taste)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • Salt (according to taste)
  • A pinch of Yellow Food Color (optional) (mixed with a little bit of water)
  • 2 cups Water
  • cup of Clarified Butter (Ghee) or Cooking Oil


  1. Heat clarified butter or cooking oil in a small pot until well hot. Add cardamom and semolina and roast the semolina on very low heat until it turns light brown and gives a nice aroma.
  2. Add food color water and sugar and stir. Add salt, dry fruits, and nuts. Mix and cover on low heat and let it simmer until the water absorbs (approximately 5 to 10 minutes.) Remove from heat, mix, and serve.

Note: This Halwa preparation can be served for the Pakistani Breakfast of Halwa Puri Cholay .

Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Recipe Category: Dessert
Recipe Ethnic Group: Pakistani
Recipe Requested by, Samina Naveed (Canada) & Saiyeda Hussain (U.S.A.)
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