Saturday, August 17, 2013

SHEERA



SHEERA 

Sheera (this is what we call this rava/semolina halwa in Konkani) is commonly made for festivals and offered as prasad. I made this yesterday on the occasion of Varamahalakshmi Puja. There are different variations of sheera. For example, you could add milk, as well as water. You could also add fruits, such as banana or pineapple.

Sheera, (or its equivalents like "Kesari Bath") served in restaurants come with lots of ghee oozing out. Being more health conscious, I have used limited quantity of ghee. Feel free to add more, as per your taste.
I have given the recipe below for the sheera in its simplest form, which while being very tasty, is both easy to make and can be made in a jiffy!

Ingredients:

  • Semolina ( Medium Rava), 1 cup
  • Ghee, 2 tbsp
  • Sugar, 1 cup
  • Warm Water, 2 cups
  • Cashew nuts, 1 tbsp, chopped 
  • Cardamom powder, 1/2 tsp

Method
In a thick bottomed non-stick kadai, heat the ghee on medium heat 
Lightly roast the cashew nuts, and keep aside
Next, stirring continuously, roast the rava till it gives off a nice aroma 
Add warm water (or milk and water in equal proportions) and cook the rava
Add the sugar, mix well and continue to stir till the water evaporates and the sheera leaves the sides of the kadai
Add the cardamom powder, and mix well
Grease a thali lightly with ghee and spread the sheera on it uniformly
Let it cool for sometime
Cut the sheera into desired shapes and garnish with lightly roasted cashew nuts, or raisins.