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halwa (rava sheera)

Halwa (Rava Sheera)

Halwa or Rava Sheera is an easy Pakistani / Indian dessert that can be whipped up in no time. Halwa is made with sooji (semolina) and sheera (sugar syrup), and only requires a few pantry ingredients. It can be served as a simple dessert or as part of halwa poori for a full breakfast.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Pakistani, Pakistani/Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 400kcal


For the Sheera (sugar syrup)

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

For the Sooji / Semolina

  • 1/2 cup ghee or butter
  • 4 green cardamoms hari elaichi
  • 1 cup sooji semolina


For the Sheera

  • Add water and sugar in a pot, and bring to a boil. As soon as the water comes to a boil and the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and set aside.

For Cooking the Sooji

  • In a separate pot, add the ghee or butter, and cook until melted.
  • Add the green cardamoms and cook for a 30 seconds or so, until fragrant.
  • Now add the sooji (semolina), and cook on medium heat until it becomes golden brown. This will take about 6-7 minutes. Make sure to keep stirring while cooking the sooji (semolina).
  • Remove from heat, and add the sugar syrup (it should be still hot when adding to the sooji) and cook on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes, until it is thick.
  • Remove from heat, and top with your choice of dry fruit, such as sliced almonds, raisins, cashew nuts and slivered pistachios.


Calories: 400kcal