MIXED BERRIES PUDDING/ MIXED BERRIES & SUJI KA HALWA–
Celebrating this festive season with the super gorgeous Berries Pudding and it’s guilt-free. Isn’t amazing?
It’s my way of making a Halwa or you can call it a Pudding ????
Pudding/halwa is basically considered as a British origin dish but I personally feel, this pudding concept is in India since Vedic age or even before that. In Vedas and many other books and even in lots of mythological books we can find the mention of puddings as a celebration food and Prasad for the lord.
Anyways when the term halwa or pudding comes into mind we start thinking about a generous amount of starch/flour in a good amount of fat (especially ghee/clarified butter) with lots of sugar or jaggery for a super amazing, lip-smacking, super sweet melt in mouthfeel.
I am sad as well as happy to tell you that we are going to change the way we usually eat out halwa/pudding as we must cut the maximum amount of sugar, fat and starch from the daily diet. So, guys let’s make it healthy and super easy.
Let’s get into the nutritional factors of the core ingredients of our dish.
SEMOLINA-Semolina is high in protein, with almost 6 grams per serving. It is also rich in B vitamins, folate and thiamine, which helps to create energy and support brain function. Selenium is another benefit to semolina, one that serves as an antioxidant which prevents heart diseases. So, it acts as a better substitute of all-purpose flour for diet conscious people like us.
The cranberry is best known for its role in preventing urinary tract infections. It is said that he polyphenols in cranberries may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Even the nutrients in cranberries may help slow progression. The proanthocyanins in cranberries is beneficial in oral health.
A super-food, which reduces DNA damage, which helps in reducing the ageing effects along with cancer prevention. Being the king of antioxidant foods, it protects your body from free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage your cells and contribute to ageing and diseases, such as cancer. It may help in maintaining the good cholesterol level in the blood which can reduce cardiac diseases. It has anti-diabetic properties and help in maintaining brain health.
- 1 cup of semolina
- 1tsp ghee/ clarified butter
- 2tbsp dried blueberries
- 2tbsp dried cranberries
- 1/4th cup finely chopped apple
- 1tbsp honey (for extra sweetness)
- 3 cups of low-fat milk
- Pinch of salt
- 1tbsp Soaked and chopped almonds
- Put the pan on medium flame. Put the ghee/clarified butter. Let it melt.
- Add in the semolina and put the flame on low.
- Stir continuously for 3-4 minutes (be careful, not to make the semolina brown)
- Take out the semolina to a plate and let it cool down.
- On another pan put the blueberries, cranberries, apple and pinch of salt with ½ cup of water.
- Cook, it covered on medium to low flame covered for 5-6 minutes.
- In another deep pan put the milk. Let it boil.
- Add the semolina into the milk by continuous stirring (avoid formation of lumps).
- Put the berry sauce in along with the honey. (keep a little bit of sauce for garnish).
- Put in the almonds.
- Mix well and cover it.
- Let it cook on simmer for 2 min.
- Give it a nice stir.
Serve hot with that remaining berry sauce and chopped almond on top.