This is a favorite dish of both my brothers. It is an easy recipe and can be ready in a span of 30 minutes and as such is a common breakfast item. Other than breakfast, it is also prepared as prasadam for poojas in India such as Laxmi pooja, the Sathyanarayana pooja etc. The prasad prepared for Sathya narayana pooja is called Sapatha. It is prepared from both Bombay rava as well as Bansi rava. Actually preparing from Bombay Rava turns out better since the Bansi (wheat) Rava swells on boiling and the whole dish turns out to be rather thick. One may infact use a still thinner variety of Rava known as Chiroti rava.
What you need to have:
Ingredients of sheera
1. Bombay sujee (semolina 1 cup
2. Pure Ghee – 1/4 Cup
3. Sugar – 3/4 Cup
4. Water – 1 and 1/4 Cup
5. Sliced almonds – 10
6. Kishmish – 15
7. Cashew pieces – 15-20
8. Few Saffron strings
What you do with what you have:
1. In a broad based vessel, fry Kishmish, Cashews in Ghee. In left over ghee, fry Semolina until you get a pleasant aroma.
2. Get the water up to boil.
3. Add boiling water to the fried semolina and let it cook till smooth/fine on a low flame.
4. Add sugar to boiled semolina and keep stiring till it mixes and does not form lumps.
5. Add fried kishmish, cashews and sliced almonds to the above mixture.
Sheera mixture being cut into pieces
5. Dissolve saffron in a teaspoon of milk and add it to the mixture.
Sheera is ready to be spread onto a plate/vessel and cut into pieces. Cardamom also can be added for aroma instead of saffron.
What it looks like:
Ready to eat sheera pieces
- Do ensure that the semolina is fried well so as to avoid the smell of raw rava.
- When it is prepared as prasad for Sathyanarayana pooja we add milk instead of water and in addition also add ripe bananas.
How long it takes: 30 minutes
Number of pieces: 15-20