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Sooji Ka Halwa

Sooji ka Halwa | How to make authentic Gujarati Style Sheera

 

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A nice an easy to make sweet dish prepared in minutes. Sooji ka Halwa also known as “Sheera” in Gujarati is an all time favorite sweet dish that can be served as a dessert, breakfast sweet dish or prepared for special occasions or festivals. Sooji ka Halwa is a super simple and absolutely delicious dish prepared by roasting sooji also known as rava or semolina in pure desi ghee (clarified butter) cooked in warm milk with sugar  and topped with your favorite choice of dry fruits and saffron.

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This recipe is my all time favorite, I’ve learned to make this special method of “sheera” from my mom. I’ve watched her make it numerous times as a sweet side dish for dinner, for special puja’s at home. My mum’s recipe calls for warm milk, but many people substitute the milk with water which is also fine, but I find that by adding milk to the sheera gives it a nicer rich taste and texture. Also this recipes has silvered almonds, green raisins which is optional, silvered cashews and charoli also known as chirongi nuts or piyal seeds and saffron to give our sooji ka halwa a nice flavor and color.

Sooji ka Halwa can be made in many different ways. No matter what style and method rava halwa is made in whether it be North Indian-Suji Ka Halwa, South Indian Kesari Rava or Pakistani Sooji ka Halwah they all taste absolutely scrumptiously delicious. 🙂

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I’m sure a lot of us have already heard of semolina also known as rava or sooji. But did you know that it’s not just commonly used in Indian cuisines it’s also very popularly used in many other cultural backgrounds like Europe, North Africa, West Africa, North America and South America to make pasta, pudding, breakfast cereal and couscous.  Semolina is a grain that is very versatile can be used to make sweet dishes, savory dishes, baking and I’ve read and some what believe that it also has some amazing health benefits if consumed in the correct manner.

 

Sooji Ka Halwa

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 5-6

Sooji Ka Halwa

Sooji ka Halwa also known as "Sheera" in Gujarati is a all time favorite sweet dish that can be served as a dessert, breakfast sweet dish or prepared for special occasions or festivals.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup - sooji;(rava or semolina)
  • 1 cup - ghee
  • 1/2 cup - sugar
  • 2 cups - milk;warm
  • pinch saffron
  • 8-10 pieces -charoli;(chirongi)
  • 1/2 cup - mixed slivered almonds and green raisins
  • 1 tsp. - elachi powder (cardamon)

Instructions

Heat the ghee in a broad non-stick pan; add the semolina and sauté on a slow low-medium heat for 6 to 10 minutes. , while stirring occasionally. The color of semolina should slight change to a golden brown and should be able to smell the aroma of the ghee/semolina mixture.

Add the milk very slowly a little at a time; mix well and cook for 5-8 minutes, while stirring continuously until the milk is absorbed into the semolina and the ghee is starting to separate.

Add the sugar, raisin, charoli, almond slivers, elachi powder and saffron mix well. Keep stirring occasionally until the sugar is absorbed and ghee starts to separate.

Remove into desired bowl; Garnished by sprinkling a little elaichi (cardamom) powder on top and slivered almonds and serve.

Notes

Dry fruits of your choice can be added.

Milk can be substituted with warm water.**Milk gives it a nicer texture and flavor.**

Adjust sugar to your liking.

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Mix Berry Banana Milkshake

Mix Berry Banana Milkshake – Beat the Heat with this delicious Milkshake

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Summer! The best time to enjoy a tasty tall glass of cold Mixed Berry Milkshake. This drink is a complete delicious delight. Made from the goodness of in season mixed berries, nice ripe bananas, whole milk and a dash of sugar topped with fresh berries. Totally Yummy! 🙂

Mix berries which are hand-picked are all time the best. Berry picking is so much fun, I love it. 🙂 We have many different farms with acres of land that are open to the public …obviously with a small admission fee since they’re a tourist attraction activity for the summer months.

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During the summer months many different fruits are available for picking like strawberries,  blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, apples, pears, peaches and these are some to list.  Not just fruits even fresh vegetables are available for picking or buying straight from the farm.

Farmers market is a great place to visit early in the morning. These are farmers that bring and sell freshly grown fruits and vegetables. Also many delicious foods from different cultural backgrounds are available for tasting and buying. A day spent at the farmers market is a well spent day for the whole family.

Summer months are really the most enjoyable months . So many different events are always going on. I live in Canada, so we only get a few months of summer, but trust me those few months are filled many different events to enjoy. Weekends are always eventful, lots to do, place to visit and enjoy a nice relaxing evening in the backyard on the grande swing.

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Speaking of backyard, I spend lots of quality time writing on my blog right in the backyard. The open air and freshness relaxes me and I free style write away. 🙂 I write freely right from the heart share my life’s quality moments with my friends and followers.

Mix berry Banana Milkshake is a super delicious, extremely simple and super fast Milkshake.  A few ingredients and in no time you have a superb scrumptious thick Milkshake that is guaranteed to beat the heat.

No set recipe to follow, us your choice of berries. I used strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries with couple of ripe bananas, milk and sugar blended together at high-speed. Whola! Mix berry Banana Milkshake is ready.

 

Mix Berry Banana Milkshake

Yield: 3-4

Mix Berry Banana Milkshake

Delicious and Sweet treat for the hot summer days "Mix berry Milkshake"

Ingredients

  • 2 cups- Mixed Berries of your choice
  • 2 ripe bananas - peeled
  • 2 cups- cold whole or 2% milk
  • 1-2 tbsp.- sugar (optional)

Instructions

Place all ingredients into a blender jar and blend on high speed till smooth consistency reached.

Pour into tall glass and serve cold.

Mix Berry Milkshake is ready Enjoy !

Notes

I used fresh berries and ripe bananas that I had prepared and kept in the freezer to us at a later time.

Store bought frozen fruits works well also.

Sugar is optional

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Hope you enjoy making milkshakes as much as I do. Do check out of my other recipes to enjoy this summer; Nutella Cocoa MilkshakeStrawberry Banana MilkshakeMango Kulfi Milkshake and Mango Banana Milkshake.

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