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Orange Suji Roasted Semolina Halwa

Dhaba Style Suji Halwa

This Suji Halwa recipe is exactly what you get at the dhabas. It has the the orange color, a runny consistency and has that unmistakable halwa glisten reminiscent of the roadside dhabas!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Keyword Halwa, Suji Halwa
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 3


  • 1/4 cup suji fine, not coarse
  • 1/4 cup ghee or butter for an extra nutty flavor
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cardamom pods cracked open at the mouth so you can remove it later
  • yellow color powdered food color adds the best color


  • Roast #suji and butter on low heat uncovered for 20 mins or until nutty and brown.
  • In a bowl combine water, sugar and #cardamom and nuke in the microwave for 2 mins (stirring once in between so the sugar can dissolve. We’re not making a syrup, just dissolving sugar so don't nuke for too long.
  • Once suji has changed color and smells nutty, pour in the sugar water mixture, then add yellow color to your liking. Mix thoroughly so the color bleeds into the suji.
  • On low heat, let the halwa drink up the sugar water and the ghee/butter separates a bit. You will be left with a suji that is glossy and runny--a classic look of the dhaba suji halwa.
  • Serve with fresh puris and channay, and enjoy!


  • Suji needs to be roasted on low to medium heat. Once it changes color, it can burn very quickly so keep a close eye. 20-25 minutes works for me!
  • You can dissolve the sugar in the water on the stovetop but I find the microwave such a hack for convenience!
  • Once the suji has soaked up the water, within a few minutes, you'll see the oil separate.