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June 9, 2009

Sheera


I have very few Indian sweets on this blog. There are a few payasams and a couple of kulfis, but that's about it. I guess it says a lot about my taste. I must admit, I am not the biggest mithai fan on this planet. When I do crave an Indian sweet, it is far simpler to get a small box from the mithai shop than to try making it at home. In fact, it is easier to go to the sweet shop and buy just one piece and eat it. (And I have done that. It satisfies the craving then and there. Plus you are not "forced" to give in to temptation later on.)


This is by far the simplest sweet dish to make. I made it one morning as it was my father-in-law's birthday. S was very surprised to see a sweet dish at the breakfast table, sitting pretty next to the upma. The quintessential Bangalore Darshini combination that makes Chow-chow Bhaat!


1 cup Cream of Wheat(Rava/Sooji/Semolina)

1 cup Sugar

1 cup Milk

1 Ripe Banana, chopped

1 cup Water

2-4 tbsp Ghee (Clarified Butter)

1 tbsp Cashews

1 tbsp Raisins

¼ tsp Cardamom Powder


Roast the semolina in 1 tbsp of ghee over a low flame till it lets out a lovely aroma and turns light brown.


In a separate vessel, heat the milk, banana, sugar and water. When the mixture comes to a boil, add the cardamom powder. Add the roasted semolina and cover and cook for 5-10 minutes.


In a frying ladle, heat 1 tbsp of ghee and fry the cashews until brown. Add the raisins and take the ladle of the heat. Add this to the cooked semolina mixture. Add the remaining ghee to the sheera and mix well. Enjoy this fresh. And if you're lucky to have leftovers, heat some in a kadhai the next day. Allow some parts to get crisp. Enjoy the same dish in a different avatar.

15 comments:

Nithya Praveen said...

Yeah this is one simple yet elegant...easy yet tasty.Its a perfect one to make in a jiffy....looks wonderful.Belated wishes to ur FIL.

Sig said...

Same here.. I don't really care for Indian sweets either, but I do love me some chow chow bath! :)

Purnima said...

Wonderful Sheera here, Raga! I love it with banana, plain, pineapple or alphonso one! :D
My aunt greases a plate then spreads this hot on it, flattens the surface, garnishes with slices of banana, scoured wt diamond shapes..that has been a special dessert for special occassions at my place frm her!! :) Sheera Burfi she wd call it!Ah those sweet memories!Tks for sharing..feel like making a bowlfull for myself!

Divya Kudua said...

Lovely dish Raaga..Easy to make and it smells so divine..:).I love your recipe coz of the exact measurements,I don't have to run for my recipe book when I feel like making this:)

sra said...

I must make this - don't think I've ever eaten the banana version - just had the rava kesari in its horrendous orange and pineapple artificial flavours!!!

Sowmya said...

I am a big fan of this, I can keep smelling it the whole day ... :)

Yours look great..

~~louise~~ said...

I so want to try my hand at preparing an Indian dish. I'm thinking I may just start with dessert! Thanks for sharing, Raaga...

TBC said...

I make sheera too, usually with pineapple. It is one sweet dish that comes together in a jiffy and is not loaded with calories like most Indian sweets.

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Pooja said...

it is a all time favourite of my hubby. though i'm not into sweets much.. will surprise him my making this

Priya said...

hey,
This is my first time visiting your blog. I love your sheera recipe, simple and quick. I ahev bookmarked you. Thanks.
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Anonymous said...

you know i was not a big fan of sweets...but of-late i have developed quite a sweet tooth...

Rajitha

Hari Chandana said...

Lovely sweet.. looks inviting...nice presentation.. :)

Sowmya said...

Dear Raaga,

I am happy to share my AWARD with you.Pls chk it out in my page..

Raji said...

I love rava kesari - the sweet Tamilian kind. But I eat it only when made by mom or MIL (or any other person who has no qualms about using the "requisite" quantities of ghee and sugar!)
So, I end up eating this only twice or thrice a year and it such heaven! :)

Miri

Nupur said...

I love the addition of banana into the sheera right as it is cooking. Normally I add banana pieces at the end. It truly is a simple and divine dessert.