Wishing Happy Ganesh ChaturthiLord 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
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