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Navratri Ashtami Prasad – Sooji Halwa Recipe

Navratri Ashtami Prasad – Sooji Halwa Recipe

The Sooji Halwa recipe is passed on to generations. The recipe of Sooji Halwa brings back a lot of childhood memories. It is served with Poori and Kala Chana at the end of the Navratri fasting season. This is the traditional Ashtami or Navmi Prasad. The combination of halwa, poori, and chana is lip-smacking and mouth-watering.

Indulge in this delightful recipe and end your Navratri season on a sweet note.

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What is the Navratri Festival?

Navratri (also known as Navaratri or Navrate), is a joyous Hindu festival. It is celebrated over 9 to 10 days. “Navratri” is a word from the Sanskrit language – Nav means nine and Ratri means night. This festival is celebrated two times a year, once in the spring (Chaitra Navratri) and once in the autumn (Sharad Navratri). Sharad Navratri falls during September or October and is widely celebrated all across India.

One of the main aspects of Navratri is fasting (known as Vrat or Upvas). During fasting, devotees avoid eating some foods, like grains, pulses, onions, garlic, alcohol, and non-vegetarian items. But they eat fasting food items like fruits, nuts, dairy products, etc.

What food items are allowed in Navratri?

Food items that are allowed during the Navratri season are as follows:

  1. Vegetables like potato, tomato, arbi, cucumber, carrot, bottle gourd, eggplant, pumpkin, etc.
  2. Fruits
  3. Dairy Products
  4. Coconut
  5. Nuts and Seeds
  6. Quinoa, Buckwheat, Little Millet (Samai or Samak), Water Chestnut Flour (Singhade Ka Aata).
  7. Spices like cumin seeds, red chili powder, turmeric powder, cardamom, carom seeds (ajwain), cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, etc.
  8. Rock Salt

Navratri fasting

What food items are not allowed in Navratri?

Food items that are not allowed during the Navratri season are as follows:

  1. Onion and Garlic: They are Tamsik in nature and hence not consumed.
  2. Lentils and Pulses like moong dal, chana dal, kidney beans, chickpeas, etc.
  3. Grains and their flours like wheat flour, gram flour (besan), etc.
  4. Eggs, Non-Vegetarian Food Items like chicken.
  5. Alcohol (some people avoid smoking too).
  6. Salt
  7. Canned Food Items

Everybody has their own beliefs and follows their own rules during the fasting period. That is why, I suggest you adjust the recipes based on how you follow your fasting and celebrate Navratri.

Tips to make it right

1 – Dry Roasting

This is a new technique that I learned from the Bharatzkitchen YouTube channel. Generally, sooji is roasted with ghee till it turns slightly brown. But dry roasting makes the grains slightly bigger. This way the texture of the Halwa becomes much better. If you roast in ghee directly, it gelatinizes and becomes more paste-like. That also tastes good but dry roasting first improves the texture and the taste.

2 – Stirring Continuously

This job needs a lot of patience and elbow grease. You can’t keep your eyes away while roasting sooji otherwise it will burn. You can’t even keep the flame high to speed up the process. You need to stay calm and keep roasting for 15 minutes till it turns slightly brown. Some people make it white in color. You can save some time and make it like that but roasting it well improves the texture and the taste too.

3 – Amount of Water

This is one recipe where measurement is very important. For water, keep it three times the amount of sooji you are taking. I took 1/2 cup of sooji. So the water is 1.5 cups. Also, add sugar to the water itself and heat it only till the sugar dissolves. Somehow, it tastes much better than directly adding water and sugar in sooji after roasting is done.

What to do if leftover Halwa gets dry?

The leftover sooji halwa gets dry. I simply add a little water and let it cook well for a few minutes till the water is all absorbed or evaporated and I get the right consistency of halwa. Cooking for a little while at this stage is important otherwise you will get the taste of water in the halwa. And don’t worry. It is not rocket science. It is very simple.

Is this recipe vegan-friendly?

No. I am afraid.

This recipe is made using ghee. It doesn’t taste as good when you make halwa with cooking oil. But I am going to try the same recipe with coconut butter. Let’s see how it turns out.

More Navratri Fasting Recipes

  1. Kuttu (Buckwheat Flour) Cheela
  2. Quinoa Pulao
  3. Amaranth and Dates Energy Bars
  4. Quinoa Cutlets
  5. Sabudana Thalipeeth
  6. Sabudana Khichdi

That’s it, my dear friend. You are all ready to make this sooji halwa recipe at home. It is one of the best Indian vegetarian sweet recipes. It is perfect whenever you crave something sweet because it needs very simple ingredients that are easily available in our kitchen. So, grab all the ingredients because you are ready to make a delicious happy meal for yourself.

navratri special kala chana

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Happy Cooking.

Love from us

Richa & Jatin

Navratri Ashtami Prasad – Sooji Halwa Recipe

Recipe that reminds the childhood.

The simplest of all Indian dessert recipes - Sooji Halwa. It needs very simple ingredients that are always available in our kitchen. Perfect of any time sweet cravings. Do try it.



5 min

Prep Time

45 min

Cook Time

50 min

Total Time



Dry Roasting
  1. Add sooji to a pan and continuously stir it on low flame for 15 minutes or till it turns slightly brown. It needs to be well roasted.
  2. Once done, take it out in a bowl otherwise it will turn dark or may burn because of the heated pan.
Sugar Solution
  1. In a saucepan, add water and sugar. Stir and heat only till the sugar dissolves.
  2. Once the sugar is dissolved, switch off the flame and add cardamom powder. Mix and keep it aside.
Making Halwa
  1. In a pan, add ghee and let it melt. 
  2. Add chopped cashews and almonds and roast on low flame for 2 minutes.
  3. Add raisins and stir for 5 seconds. Then, immediately add roasted sooji otherwise raisins will burn and become bitter in taste.
  4. Keep roasting for another 15 minutes. Keep the flame low at all times.
  5. Add sugar solution and keep stirring. Mix till it starts leaving the sides and water is well absorbed. 
  6. Switch off the flame and add desiccated coconut. Mix well and serve right away with Kala chana and poori. Enjoy this happy meal with your family :)


Is sooji halwa healthy?

This is a tricky question. Anything can be healthy or unhealthy depending on your relationship with the food. For example, Dry Fruits are healthy but of not consumed moderately, they can be equally unhealthy for your body. The burger is not healthy but not eating it and getting disappointed because of that is not mentally healthy for you. So, eat everything but eat them moderately. Sooji halwa is a once in a while food. You don’t eat it every day. It won’t harm your body if consumer moderately and conciously.

Is semolina, sooji and rawa same?

All three are the granulated forms of wheat only but they vary a little on their texture or coarseness. Sooji is the most refined one. If you see closely, you will see that sooji is much finer than rawa. Semolina is less refined than the other two and has a much hard texture.

What can we make using sooji?

There are many recipes that can be made using sooji:

  1. Instant Sooji Dosa
  2. Instant Idli
  3. Sooji Halwa
  4. Upma
  5. Appe or Paniyaram
  6. Uttapam
  7. Cake
  8. Nankhatai
  9. Bhatura

What is Ashtami or Navami Prasad?

In North India, dry kala chana, sooji halwa, and poori are served on Ashtami or Navami during the Navratri season. It is the most addictive meal combo. You must try it if you haven’t.

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