For the benefit of everyone, Halwa (kind of equivalent to a Pudding) is a dessert which is very common in almost all Indian households. There are many different types of puddings in India, and each such pudding has its own unique taste.
Most Indian women will make this pudding without any measurements, just from their instincts or as I say “andaz se” (meaning calculated guess). Before marriage I had never made this simple pudding but I used to make one of the most difficult puddings (Moong Daal ka Halwa), because I simply loved that.
Another thing that I have observed is that most people will make either a flour pudding (aata halwa) or a semolina pudding (suji halwa) but not this one. However I love this mix semolina-flour pudding as it gives the crunchiness of semolina to the wheat, which makes it much more tasteful. I seem to now have nailed it, after lots of experiments, in terms of getting the proportions right.
One last thing – this is my chosen pudding for serving to the Goddess Durga on the 9th day (Navami) of Navratri.
The ingredients for Semolina – Wheat Flour Halwa/Pudding are:
1. Semolina (Suji) : 1/2 cup
2. Flour (Aata) : 1/2 cup
3. Sugar : 1cup
4. Clarified butter (ghee) : 6 Tbsp
5. Water : 3 cup (boiling water)
Heat clarified butter in a heavy bottom pan and then add flour. Mix the flour and clarified butter well; stir continuously till you get the aroma. Now add semolina, mix it properly and stir continuously till the mixture changes colour to brown. Be very careful so as not to burn it.
Put the heat down to medium; add boiling water (one by one cup) while stirring the mixture. Continuously stir the mixture so that lumps do not form. Again, be very careful while stirring as when we add the water, mixture is bubbled up and may splutter a bit. Stir continuously till the mixture becomes one (gets together), and leaves the sides.
Now add sugar, and again stir continuously till the halwa/pudding becomes one (gets together), and it leaves the sides. Your yummy Semolina-Flour halwa/pudding is ready. You may garnish it with some dry fruits and serve hot!
Insider Tips / Finer Points :
You may add cardamom at the end to get a nice aroma.
You may also add dry fruits (almonds, cashew nuts, raisins, pistachios) in this halwa/pudding.
You may change the ratio of semolina and flour according to your choice.
You can add more clarified butter, if you want a more richer halwa/pudding.