Sheera ~ Sooji Halwa

Blogging Marathon, Buffet On Table, Indian Sweet, Sooji Halwa, Indian Food,

Sheera is a sweet prepared with broken whole wheat (godhuma rava). This is a must preparation during Satyanarayana vratham and is prepared as one of the prasadams (offering to god). It is traditionally prepared with cream of whole wheat (wheat rava) but i made it with sooji as I did not have wheat rava on hand. This was the sweet I made for my Telangana meal. I wanted to redo the sheera for better pictures but that did not happen. I will try to replace the picture very soon.

Blogging Marathon, Buffet On Table, Indian Sweet, Sooji Halwa, Indian Food,

Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2 – 3

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 3 tbsp. Ghee or Unsalted Butter (I used 3 tbsp of butter)
  • 6 – 8 Whole Cashews, broken into 4 – 6 pieces
  • 8 – 10 Raisins
  • ½ cup Coarse Sooji
  • 1 cup Water
  • ¼ cup Milk (can use water)
  • ⅓ – ½ cup Sugar (adjust to taste)
  • ⅛ – ¼ tsp. Cardamom Seeds, crushed

Preparation:

  • Heat 2 tbsp of butter in a 1 – 1 ½ quart (liter) saucepan.
  • Fry cashews and raisins until cashews turn light brown and raisins puff up. Remove from butter and keep aside. Alternatively, roast cashews and raisins separately.
  • Add sooji to the same pan and fry sooji until it is lightly roasted and begins to change color.
  • Reduce the flame and add water+milk to sooji stirring it constantly. It is vital to stir constantly to avoid lumps.
  • Increase the heat, stir, cover and cook on medium high heat for few minutes until sooji is almost cooked and liquid evaporates.
  • Once the sooji is cooked or almost cooked, add sugar, remaining butter and stir constantly.
  • Add cardamom powder. Add cashews and raisins keeping aside some for garnish and continue stirring.
  • Once the melted sugar evaporates and sheera starts coming off the sides of the pan, sheera is done.
  • Turn of the stove, serve hot or warm. Garnish with cashews and raisins.

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