Sojee Sweet – Sojee Halwa Pieces – Semolina Dessert

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A simple dessert made of semolina, the sojee sweet is an adorable Christmas sweet. Traditionally colored green, it’s easy to distinguish from the pink cashew rock or coconut cordial.


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Sojee Sweet – Sojee Halwa Pieces – Semolina Dessert

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A simple dessert made of semolina, the sojee sweet is an adordable Christmas sweet. Traditionally colored green, you'll find it on every East Indian Christmas platter.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine East Indian
Servings 30 Pieces
Calories 106 kcal
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Ingredients
  

  • 250 Grams Sojee Semolina
  • 125 Grams Ghee (Indian clarified butter)
  • 250 Grams Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Fresh Coconut Ground Fine (or 150 gms Desiccated Coconut)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cashewnuts
  • 75 ml Water for Fresh Coconut (Or 150 ml Water for Desiccated Coconut)

Instructions
 

  • Grease a large thala with butter or ghee and set aside. Also grease the bottom of a smaller pot to use for flattening.
  • Make a mel with the sugar and water..
  • At the same time, in another vessel, melt the ghee and fry the sojee on a low flame for about 10 mins.
  • Add the coconut to the melted sugar and fry for another 10 minutes (Also add more water or rose water if using desiccated coconut).
  • Add a few drops of green color and keep stirring till the sojee mixture leaves the vessel.
  • Pour the sojee halwa into the pre-greased thala and flatten with the other smaller pot.
  • Place cashewnut halves in rows on the sojee sweet.
  • Once it's cool, cut and set to dry on another thali. It's ready to serve after a few hours!

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Nutrition (Per Serving)

Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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See the Making of the Green Sojee Sweet

Ingredients for the sojee halwa.
Ingredients for the sojee halwa

Step I – Buttered Thala

Steel thali with butter on top.
Add butter to a thala
Buttered underside of a small 4-inch steel cooking pot.
Butter the underside of a smaller pot

Step II – Making the Sugar Mel

Melting the sugar with very little water.
Make a mel
Sugar mel with sugar mostly melted and a wooden spoon stirring.
Sugar syrup is nearly ready
Sugar melting in a pot with a wooden spoon.
Melt the sugar to form a mel
Coconut cooking in the sugar mel.
Add the coconut to the sugar mel and cook
Stirring the coconut and sugar mixture while it's boiling.
Let it boil, but keep stirring

Step III – Fry the Sojee

Suji aka sojee aka rawa aka semolina in a pot.
Suji aka sojee aka rawa aka semolina
Ghee and sojee in the pot on the stove.
Fry the sojee with ghee
Sojee and ghee cooking in a pot.
Keep stirring the sojee and ghee

Step IV – Mix the Cooked Sojee With the Mel

Mom adding the fried semolina to the coconut-sugar mix.
Add the fried sojee to the coconut-sugar mel
Add green color to the rawa(semolina) and mix.
Add green color to the rawa and mix
Mixing the green into the sweet rawa mixture.
Mix the green in fully

Step V – Flatten the Sojee Sweet and Cut Into Pieces

Mom flattening the hot sojee mix with the underside of a buttered pot.
Flatten the suji sweet with while it’s hot
A buttered knife in front of the thala of sojee sweet.
Butter a knife
Add the half cashewnuts in a row on the sojee sweet.
Add the half cashewnuts in a row on the sojee sweet
Half the sojee sweet cut into diamond shapes, rest still to be cut.
Cut into diamond shapes
Cut pieces of East Indian sojee sweet left to dry in a steel thali.
Leave to dry overnight
A black tray covered with six sojee sweet pieces with cashews on top.
Sojee sweet with cashews on a black tray.
Sometimes we add cashew halves to the sojee sweet
Smaller pieces of East Indian sojee sweet on a white tray.
Smaller pieces of East Indian sojee sweet
Sojee sweet cut into diamond shapes placed on a black tray.

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