Monday, 24 August 2009

Suji Ka Halwa ~ Rava Sheera

Suji ka halwa

Wishing Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

Lord Ganesha is the God of prosperity and wisdom. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great pomp and devotion in Mumbai. There are Ganesh Pandals in every nook and corner and lanes of Mumbai. Pandals are decorated and there are many festive programmes organised for the Lord. Ganesh Idols are bought one day earlier at night. Every body is out to welcome the beloved God by Chanting ''Ganpati Bappa Morya''.

This 10 days Sarvajanik festival is celebrated all over Maharashtra with great zeal and enthusiasm. People also get Ganesh Idols in their homes and in their Societies or apartments. Even our apartment has got Ganesh Idol for 5 days. There are lots of exciting programmes lined up to celebrate the festivals. Will include my readers with this celebration by showcasing the pictures of the festival in my next post.

This time I prepared Suji Ka Halwa or Sheera as one of the Naivedya for Vinayaka. Suji Ka Halwa, is popularly known as Sheera in Western India. It is a sweet semolina pudding Sheera is always prepared as Prasad or Naivedyam for Satyanarayan Pooja. This is by far the simplest and easy dessert one can prepare for any occasion. All the ingredients required to prepared this rich and aromatic dessert is easily available in our house. I love the aroma, when suji (semolina) is getting roasted in ghee and the best part about Sheera is you can even store it for one day and re heat it the other day and enjoy it.


1 Cup Suji (Rava, Semolina)
4 Tablespoons of Ghee
1 Cup of Sugar
1 Tablespoon of Malai / Cream (Optional)
2 Cups of Whole Milk
1 Tablespoon of Elaichi (Cardamom) Powder
1 Tablespoon of Kish Mish (Raisins)
1 Tablespoon of Chopped Nuts (Cashew nuts, Almonds, Pista)
Few Saffron Strands

1. Heat ghee in a deep pan, add chopped cashews and roast them, once roasted remove them and keep them aside.
2. Add rava or suji or semolina in the melted ghee. Roast the suji for 5 to 10 minutes on a low flame.
3. While roasting the suji, add sugar, cardamom powder, raisins, roasted cashews and other chopped nuts. Meanwhile, boil the whole milk and add kesar to it.
4. Roast the suji till it turns light golden in colour and one can smell the aroma of the roasted suji.
5. Once the suji is roasted add boiled milk and cream to roasted suji, on a low flame keep on stirring the suji and milk. See to it no lumps are formed while mixing suji and milk.
6. Keep on stirring the mixture till you get a thick halwa like consistency. Garnish it with chopped nuts and serve it hot.
The whole post is for my very own Janmashtami & Ganesh Chaturthi Event.

This post also goes for Sanghi's IFL - Milk Event

Sireesha, Priya Raj and My Dear Friend Sukanya has shared with me Scrumptious Blog Award -a blog award given to sites who: Inspire you Encourage You May give Fabulous information A great read Has Scrumptious recipes Any other reasons you can think of that make them Scrumptious!

Thank you girls! for considering me worthy for this award, I promise will come up with more exciting recipes.

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Anonymous,  24 August 2009 at 12:59  

Rava Sheera is an interesting recipe..Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi Purva..
Congrats on Award..!!

Sanghi 24 August 2009 at 13:38  

Hi Purva yummy halwa..! You can send this to FIL-milk know? forgot?

lata raja 24 August 2009 at 14:05  

Hi Purva, what a refreshing sweet dish for Ganeshji's prasad! I've sent in my entry today.

Gita Jaishankar 24 August 2009 at 14:07  

Happy Ganesh Chavithi Purva...nice dish with milk...this combo of rava and milk is new to me...I have to try it soon...congrats on your awards :)

chakhlere 24 August 2009 at 14:50  

Sheera looks yummy Poooo!! Missing my mom sheera after seeing yours..:(

Congrats for the awards!!

Aps Kitchen 24 August 2009 at 14:59  

Happy Ganesha Chaturthi purva......for us na sheera is vthout milk when we add milk it bcomes sapath :)....luks gr8

Sushma Mallya 24 August 2009 at 15:15  

happy ganesh chaturti purva....sheera looks very delicious and i do it a different way..will try this soon...with milk and cream added really must have been yummy

Nithya 24 August 2009 at 15:56  

Thats a lovely halwa.. Nice post :)

Unknown 24 August 2009 at 17:23  

Lovely halwa and happy Ganesh Chathurthi to you. COngrats on your award.

Mythreyi Dilip 24 August 2009 at 18:51  

Congrats on ur awards dear!
I was looking out for this recipe, thanks for sharing.

Pavithra Elangovan 24 August 2009 at 20:00  

Congrats on ur award dearie.. u really deserve it... sheera looks so good and will send u the recipes soon.

Deepthi Shankar 25 August 2009 at 08:53  

Hope you had a nice time during the festival. Nice sheera .. I love this too

Anshika 25 August 2009 at 13:12  

Congratulations for the award!!

I have tagged you for your wonderful blog. Check out my blog. Answer them and make the chain grow.

Anu 26 August 2009 at 05:56  

Congrats on your award. Nice dish with milk.. Thanks for your lovely comment in my blog.

Lena Jayadev 26 August 2009 at 11:44  

i never tasted sheera...this looks amazing Purva..happy Vinayagar chathurthi....

Parita 26 August 2009 at 12:18  

Sheera looks delicious purva! happy ganesh chaturthi dear and congratulations for the awards!

johnwright 26 August 2009 at 12:27  

Thanks for sharing this information about Vinayaka Chathurthi Purva..

priya 26 August 2009 at 13:34  

Hi yaar,

i ve a tag for u in my blog..plz collect it

Deepti 26 August 2009 at 20:50  

Hi, first time here n like ur work...i hv also started my food blog some months back,plz visit it n leave ur comment

Madhavi 27 August 2009 at 02:55  

Yumm yumm sheera !!!

Sanghi 27 August 2009 at 05:34  

Have tagged you dear, do check my blog..!

s 28 August 2009 at 12:58  

interesting combination..looks like a must try...nice..

Rush 28 August 2009 at 22:18  

sooji ka halwa is awesome!!!

Unknown 31 August 2009 at 02:35  

You know what - i love suji halwa - but I gave up making it as it always turns lumpy :( congrats on all the awards!

Purva Desai 1 September 2009 at 06:51  

thank you all for your lovely comments....shillu to avoid lumpyness fry the rawa properly on a very low flame and use more milk

Saju Sharfu 9 October 2009 at 14:07  

hi purva,first time here.ur blog looks lovely. i love indian sweets but fear making them coz of the amount of ghee..but this i must giv a try..

Iraqi Dinar 11 August 2011 at 11:46  

Halwa is my favorite dish.


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