Suji Ke Halwa Fiji Style | Sooji Halwa | Halwa Recipe with Vegan Options

Semolina (suji/sooji), milk and sugar make this delicious dessert flavored with cardamom and garnished with almonds. Suji ke Halwa is offered as prasad during Diwali to Ma Laxmi and Ganesh. It is also prepared for all religious festivities including puja and Holi. This halwa is quick and easy and a treat to prepare when unexpected guests arrive! Milk gives halwa the rich taste but you can omit milk and used water instead.


1/2 cup suji/rava/semolina
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups milk (evaporated or whole milk) (plant based for vegan option)
5 tbsp ghee/butter (vanaspati ghee is vegan or you can use plant based butter)
1 tsp powdered cardamom (ellaichi)
1/4 tsp nutmeg (jaifar/jaifal)
2-3 tbsp slivered almond
2 tbsp raisins (munaka)
pinch of saffron (kesar)


  1. In a saucepan, mix milk, sugar and spices. Heat the sugar melts and the mix warms through. 
  2. In a pan or kadiya (kadai/wok),  add semolina and roast until golden brown. Add ghee/butter and roast further until its brown. Add raisins and almonds. 
  3. Add warmed milk mixture to semolina and cook until mixture leaves the sides of the pan and the ghee separates. Be sure to stir continuously. 
  4. Turn off heat and let halwa stand for a few minutes. You can garnish with almonds if desired. Serve warm.

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