Sheera/sooji halwa/semolina pudding – an easy to make sweet dish that is ready in minutes. This dish is made with just three main ingredients – semolina, sugar and ghee or clarified butter.
In Karnataka, it is served alongside uppittu or upma and this unbeatable breakfast combo of mildly sweet – mildly spicy versions of semolina is called chow-chow- bhath. It is also prepared as an offering during pujas and festivals and is the main prasada during satyanarayan puja.
No matter what we call it, this traditional sweet dish is so delicious, it will leave you wanting for more every time. Try this dish and I am sure you will love it!
Sooji or semolina – 1 cup
Sugar – ¾ cup
Ghee or clarified butter – ½ cup
Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
Cashew and raisins – ½ cup
Hot water – 3 cups
- Heat a thick bottom pan and add 1 tbsp ghee. Fry cashew and raisins until golden and set aside
- In the same pan, add remaining ghee. Add semolina and fry on low flame until it is aromatic and golden (approximately 9-10 minutes)
- Add hot water and keep stirring so that no lumps are formed. Cook until all the water is absorbed, approximately 2-3 minutes
- Add sugar and mix well. Cook for a minute or two until all the excess moisture dries up and the sheera comes together
- Add cardamom powder, cashew and raisin and mix well
- Serve warm
- You need to stir the semolina constantly while frying it, else it will burn
- You may add few strands of saffron for added flavour