Diwali Recipe – Suji Ka Halwa/ Sheera/ Sacred pudding

By on November 12, 2012

Sharing, caring and spending time with your loved ones, Diwali is a time to celebrate and pray.Traditionally most  diwali pooja alters are know to be graced with all the colors and symbols  that epitomize abundance, happiness purity and joy. Yellow flowers, silver gods and goddesses, gold coins or sikkas , earthen lamps (diyas) and a whole variety of mithais (Indian sweets) are generally a must have during this auspicious time that celebrates Lakshmi.

Festive times almost always call for happiness  joy, celebrating  and eating with loved ones. Food is often a part of sacred offerings in almost all religions all over the world – It is a considered as one of the most favored means of recognizing the presence of the divine and seeking his grace. Offering prasaad or food to the Laxmi  is a Diwali ritual that is performed during poojas in most Indian homes worldwide and nothing beats my mums simple homemade Diwali recipe of her sacred pudding that is made from butter, sugar, semolina and milk.

Craving for some homemade Suji Ka Halwa aka Sheera?


  1. 1 cup sooji or semolina  
  2. ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon sugar.
  3. 1 cup ghee or clarified butter
  4. 3 cups boiled milk
  5. 2 table spoons cardamom (elaichi) powder
  6. 1/4 cup blanched slivered  badam
  7. 1/4 cup blanched slivered pistaccio 
  8. Siver paper or varak to decorate with


  1. Mix 1 cup sooji and 1 cup Ghee in a pan and roast it over slow flame stir the mixture continuously. Continue to stir till the sooji turns light golden brown in colour.
  2. Add the sugar and milk to the roasted and stir continuously on a slow flame.
  3. After some time the milk and sugar will get well mixed into the sooji or semolina.
  4. At this point add the powdered elaichi (cardamom) and mix well.
  5. Garnish with the nuts and silver  paper.
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Seema Bhatia

Seema Bhatia is a Kenyan born Indian who hails from a family food business. She spent her early twenties exploring yoga and meditation in India and it is here where her love for yogic cuisine was born. She ran an Africa to Asia dining experience in Hong Kong and has recently launched Hong Kong’s first holistic yogic food business PranaYum Prana in “life force” or “chi” energy.

She does event catering, private dining, turmeric shots and healthy yogi boxes. Her business is unique in that she draws from ancient wisdom – Ayurveda, Incan, Moroccan & Egyptian. She feels blessed as PranaYum supports “gift a smile” a charity that uplifts the lives of children in rural India through the Art of Living.

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