Sheera (from Rava/Suji)

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About Sheera

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

                                                             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 spread in a plateto cut

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 serve Sheera

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


9 thoughts on “Sheera (from Rava/Suji)

    Raja said:
    January 6, 2008 at 10:04 am


    This [Sheera] insert simply takes the cake! The description, the pictures looks so real, I can almost smell it. Besides, having eaten the real thing made by you, I can vouch for this!

    Next one – should be goad Idli / toushe polo please. SMS me when you upload it!!

    great job, keep it up – love Raja

    prathibalrao responded:
    January 7, 2008 at 4:29 pm


    Ur request for sheera has been put up and Thanx fior ur response.

    #158: The Power of Butter | The Blogging said:
    November 8, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    […] we had the real deal — genuinely foreign and not particularly mysterious.  It was a rich Indian dessert consisting essentially of Cream of Wheat, sugar, butter, and saffron.  We all gathered in the gym […]

    Garam, Garam Bataat Vadey! « Fritters & Foogyas said:
    August 15, 2011 at 9:04 am

    […] Missal pao, Paav bhaji, Saabudaana vada, Zhunka bhaakar, Gulgula, Bhajia, Samosa, Sheera, Poha, Kachori – these are just a few dishes from the variety of fare available in Maharashtra. […]

    ANITA NAYAK said:
    August 22, 2011 at 12:49 pm


      prathibalrao responded:
      August 23, 2011 at 7:53 am

      Hi Anith nayak,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments .

    […] per month and began their business. “We reached the naka early morning at 4 am with all the food(sheera and poha in this case), but didn’t sell much on the first day. We sold only Rs 135 worth of food […]

    Sooji Halwa/Sheera | Recipes I tried said:
    April 9, 2014 at 10:09 am

    […] Since I ran out of milk one day I started Googling for recipes without milk instead and found this one. Instead of a half cup ghee, I used 1/4 cup canola oil. Since I was out of cashews and raisins, I […]

      prathibalrao responded:
      April 9, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      Oh grea8!!!I do prepare it in the same way at times too!!!

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