I think this is a universal sweet. Everybody likes one or the other version of it.For us it is best as Prasad (offerings) .
Namewise, its called as Sheera/Sanja (Konkani), Kesari Baath (in Bangalore-Kannada, it should be bhath, not Baath though. I wonder why it is called ‘bhath’ because as far as I know ‘bhath’ means rice) and Sooji Halwa.Here is the recipe
•1/2 cup sooji ( semolina flour)
•1/4 cup ghee or unsalted butter
•1/2 cup sugar or little less
•1 1/2cup water
•Pinch of cardamom powder
•some sliced almonds,cashews,raisin and melon seeds (optional) for garnishing
1-.Melt the butter in a frying pan on medium heat.
2-.Add sooji and roast to golden brown color; stirring constantly this will take about 5 to 8 minutes. Sooji will be golden brown in color and will have a light sweet aroma.
3-Turn the heat on low and add water slowly ,Let it come to a boil.(stir constantlly)
4-After it add sugar and let it boil .
5-Turn down the heat to medium low and let it cook for about 2-3 minutes and add cardamom powder.
6-Garnish and serve hot or cold.
Sooji will absorb the water, as the Halwa cools so keep Halwa a little more softer than you want.