SHEERA (SOOJI KA HALWA)

Sheera as known in Maharashtra or sooji ka halwa in North India, means a sweet made from semolina, homemade ghee, sugar and milk, enriched with cardamom, dry fruits and saffron.

Sheera is served as a breakfast or dessert. As it is easy to prepare, it is favoured for breakfast specially with pooris. It is also offered as a Prasad during Hindu puja rituals like Satyanarayan puja or is made as a sweet to celebrate some occasion or good news!

Sometimes a banana or pineapple is added, which imparts it’s own flavor to the sheera. Sheera, a delicacy loved by all and a healthy dish too.

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 cup Semolina
  • 1 cup Homemade ghee
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Few strands saffron
  • 1/2 cup Chopped dry fruits
  • 2 Bananas

METHOD :

  1. To begin making the sheera, heat the ghee in a heavy bottomed pan or kadhai.
  2. Add the cloves and when they splutter, add the semolina and stir well.
  3. Roast the semolina on low flame stirring constantly till it changes colour and releases a roasted aroma. Be careful not to burn it.
  4. In the meantime boil the milk. Add it to the roasted semolina and mix well. Add the salt, saffron and the cardamom powder. Mix and cover with a lid.
  5. Cook covered for about one or two minutes on low flame. Open and give it a good stir.
  6. Add the sugar and mix. Add the chopped dry fruits.Cover and cook.
  7. Open the lid and add chopped bananas. Mix well. Cook covered till the sheera is done and fluffed up.
  8. Serve hot garnished with chopped dry fruits with some puris by the side.

NOTE :

Roasting the semolina on low flame with lots of patience is the key to a fluffy and soft SHEERA!

Author: tastyrecipesfrompooja

An artist by nature, I love painting, travelling to different places and photographing nature, gardening, crochet, reading, etc. It's my nature to give my best to anything and everything I do. From a person who could cook very few dishes..... I have converted myself to a person who now can cook varied dishes! I like perfection in all my work. Reading a lot of recipes, watching different famous chefs' cooking shows on television and observing their methods, techniques and tips very closely and studiously ....is what has made me a very good cook today. Though there are numerous recipes I haven't tried my hand at..... there are many other in which I have gained exerpertise only by trial and error! I still watch all interesting cookery shows on TV to gain more knowledge on cooking techniques of other cultures from here and abroad!! Nowadays, I have started adding healthy twists to my dishes as and when I can without compromising on their original taste. Started this blog to share a few recipes of mine with all other cooking enthusiasts! Happy cooking to all! 😃

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