• 2/3 cup coarse rava / semolina ¼ cup ghee/ unsalted butter 1 cup milk 1 cup water ¾ cup sugar ½ kela / banana mashed or sliced A pinch of elaichi/ cardamom powder A pinch of salt Slivers of almond and raisins for garnishing

A traditional sweet dish/ dessert made from rava / suji/ semolina, that is very popular all over India especially in the North & Western regions.  Rava is usually a staple in most kitchens and is a convenient ingredient which can be converted into various dishes either salted or sweet. This recipe (a sweet version) is also a saving grace when you have unexpected guests. It is a great energy supplement for young growing children or toddlers. Every mom should cultivate a taste in their kid for this healthy recipe which is so easy and quick to prepare.

Semolina is available in 3 levels of granularity (particle size)/ coarseness. Fine , medium and coarse.

METHOD:

  1. Heat the ghee in a kadai / pan and add the almond slivers and raisins. Fry and Keep aside.
  2.  In the remaining ghee add the rava and roast it till it is light golden and crisp. Transfer it to another bowl and keep it aside.
  3. Use the same pan to mix together milk, sugar, water and boil it.
  4. Add the roasted rava and banana to the boiling milk mixture and cover the pan. Cook it on a medium flame till the liquid is totally absorbed. Mix it well.
  5. Add elaichi powder & garnish with almond slivers and raisins.

God Sano

TIPS:

  1. Banana gives a special flavor to the sheera and this is often served on sacred pooja days.
  2. For those who do not prefer banana, another variant of the sheera is the Pineapple sheera made with small pieces of pineapple instead of banana.
  3. It is also very often made without any fruit. But my favourite is the banana sano/ sheera.
  4. It can also be made without milk, in which case you need to add 2 cups of water .