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Traditional Prasad Recipes

Below are two traditional prasad recipes (or prasadam recipes) from India. We hope you enjoy them.

Halva Halva (Semolina pudding)


1/2 C semolina (cream of wheat)
1/4 C sugar (to taste)
1/4 C butter or ghee (clarified butter)
1 C water
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
1 Tbsp raisins
2 Tbsp sliced almonds


  • Mix sugar and water in a pan, bring to a boil and set aside.
  • Heat the butter or ghee in a frying pan. Add the semolina, raisins and cardamom powder and fry until it is very lightly golden brown in color. Constantly stir to ensure even browning.
  • Add sugar water slowly (it may sputter!) and stir rapidly to prevent lump formation.
  • Cook over medium heat until the water gets completely absorbed.
  • Immediately place the warm halva in a bowl, tray or individual serving cups or molds. It will become firm as it cools.
  • Garnish with almonds, walnuts or raisins if desired.

KheerKheer (Rice Pudding Dessert)


1/4 cup long grain rice (washed and drained)
4-5 cups milk
2-3 cardamom seeds (crushed) or 1/8-1/4 tsp cardamom powder
2 tbsp almonds (blanched silvered)
A pinch of saffron threads, soaked in a little hot milk
1 tbsp skinned pistachio nuts (chopped)
1 tbsp raisins (optional)
2-3 tbsp sugar or as desired


  • Put the rice, milk and cardamom in a pan, bring to boil and then simmer gently, stirring occasionally until the rice is soft and the grains are starting to break up.
  • Add almonds, pistachio, saffron and raisins and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
  • Remove the rice kheer from heat and serve either warm or chilled.

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