Thursday, 8 January 2015

Sheera ~ Sujika Halawa

Sheera, traditional Indian Sweet made using Semolina.




Ingredients:

  • Semolina (Rava/Suji)- ½ cup (I use fine semolina/barik rava)
  • Clarified butter (Pure ghee)- ¼ cup
  • Milk (with it's own cream/malai/sai)- 1 ½ cup
  • Sugar- ½ cup (or some less as your likes)
  • Ripe banana, mashed- 1 (optional)
  • Dry nuts and fruits (almonds, cashew, raisins/kishmish, charoli), chopped- ½ cup or to personal like
  • Cardamom powder- ½ tsp
  • Salt- very very little, less than ¼ tsp 

Method:
  • Roast rava in a heavy bottom or non-stick pan on a low to medium heat. 
  • At the same time, on other side, keep milk to boil on low-med heat.
  • Add all ghee in between, roast rava for 15 to 20 minutes or until sooji gets golden brown color, it releases lovely appetizing aroma.
  • In between, add nuts so they will also roast along with rava.
  • After sooji gets roasted, add mashed banana and raisins. Roast for another 1 minute.
  • Meanwhile, the milk will have started boiling. 
  • Pour the milk in rava mixture carefully and give a nice stir.
  • Cover the pan with lid and let rava cook for 3-4 minutes on low heat.
  • After rava mixture gets thicker, add sugar, mashed banana, cardamom powder and salt. Give a nice stir and again cover with the lid for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Serve hot.

Note:
  • "Prasadacha Sheera" is prepared in Maharashtra on the holy occasion, mostly on 'Saty-Narayan Pooja'. This sheera is offered in small cups as a prasad to guests. All ingredients are same, just use  ½ cup ghee instead of  ¼ cup. Banana is must for "Prasadacha Sheera".
  • I don't like to use water in sheera, you may use half of water and half of milk as mentioned quantity.
  • Do not roast rava/semolina on high heat hence, it changed colour from outside. It remains raw inner side.

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