Sooji Halwa- Semolina pudding (with ghee)

  •  3/4 cup castor sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 3 strands saffron
  • 100g ghee
  • 3/4 cup semolina
  • 3 tablespoons sultanas
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cardamon
 
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1. In a saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, saffron and water

 
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2. Stir this over a low heat until the mixture boils and the sugar dissolves. Remove from the stove

 
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3. In a separate saucepan, add the ghee and melt it over a gentle heat

 
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4. Add the semolina and cook for a few minutes, until it turns golden, stirring continuously

 
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5. Add the sugar syrup, sultanas and cardamon to the semolina and continue to stir until the mixture thickens and forms a doughy consistency

 
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6. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture into a medium size (1L) rectangular dish

 
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7. Refrigerate until set (eg overnight), then cut the Sooji Halwa into diamonds

What's the story?

Nutritional Information (per diamond- 35g) 

  • Energy: 386kJ
  • Protein: 0.8g
  • Fat: 4.6g (Saturated fat 3.0g)
  • Carbohydrates: 11.8g (Sugars 7.4g)
  • Sodium: 2mg

And a word from the dietitian... 

Like most sweets, there is quite a bit of sugar in our pudding. People often seem to justify their sugar intake by saying “oh it’s raw sugar” or “I only buy the brown one”. Unlike brown breads and rices, unfortunately sugar is sugar. The brown in sugar is simply a color, not a nutritiously rich component that adds any extra value. Therefore white, raw or brown sugar all have the same basic composition and same impacts nutritionally.