Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sheera~Sooji Halwa

Today is the first day of the nine-day festival of Navrathri.There is festive spirit all around with people setting up their Golu and getting prepared for the visits and fun.I am invited to many houses too and boy,I love wearing a saree and visiting my neighbours' home and look forward to the goodie bag they give,the Sundal for the day and the bangles.

Only thing which annoys me is the request for a song.Not a single visit goes by without the hostess saying,"sing a song",or rather "oru paattu paadu ma".Any excuses of sore throat or bad voice or even ignorance does not work here,so I give in most of the times.Now who wants to hear me sing??
I decided to start the day with a sweet prasadam.Sheera or sooji halwa is one of the easiest prasadams you can make in a jiffy.I do have my trusted recipe here,but since today is Wednesday,the day we blog-hop I picked the recipe from Shireen's blog Ruchik Randhap.Shireen is a Manglorean and I identify so much with her style of cooking though the methods are a bit different.
Blog-hop Wednesdays is an event started by Radhika,wherein we are assigned a blog every alternate Wednesday and we are supposed to cook from that blog and blog about it.What a great way to get to know each others blogs and bring variety to the dining table!
Sheera~Sooji Halwa
Recipe source - Ruchik Randhap


Sooji rava/semolina - 1 cup
Water - 1 cup 
Milk - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Salt - a pinch
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Cashewnuts - 10
Raisins - 6
Saffron - a few strands soaked in milk


In a sauce pan,boil together milk and water,mix in salt and sugar and switch off the flame.Keep it warm.
In a thick bottomed pan,melt ghee and roast the cashewnuts till golden brown and raisins till they puff up.Drain and keep aside.
Roast the rava in the same pan till it slightly starts turning golden brown.
Mix in the milk-water-sugar mixture and the saffron and keep stirring.When everything gets mixed and the rava starts forming lumps,close with a lid and let it cook for a minute or so.
Open the pan and add a tsp of ghee(optional)and mix it well.Mix in the roasted cashews and raisins.
Serve warm.


  1. Sheera looks delicious! Wish u a happy Navrathri!

  2. Nice Clicks Divya. Cute way presenting sheera in muffin liners. Let the Navarathri begin.

  3. Looks of d easiest n tastiest dessert..:)

  4. Yummy halwa Divya! Master chef in cooking and now singing too??? :) Enjoy the festivities dear!

  5. yummilicious sheera recipe.. this is my daughter's favorite.....

  6. Super delicious,tempting looking halwa....

  7. Your pictures are tempting me too much, wish I could have a bowl of this yummy halwa.

  8. Looks yummy and beautiful presentation,following you.Please do drop at my space.

  9. Do they really ask people to sing? I would run from there! I love the festival kosambari too. Sheera, one with pineapple is my fav!

  10. Lovely presentation of the sooji halwa! Looks delicious!

  11. I sooooo identify with your oru pattu padu ma request - arrgh after a visit I feel I have battled a marathon (gee) - the sheera looks yum- nice recipe !

  12. Sheera is delish looking divya. Presentation is cute. When a u gonna sing for all of us? Looking for your you tube video soon :)

  13. Happy Navrathri! This is the perfect prasad to begin celebrations! Yummm!

  14. Happy Navratri, Divya! I love sheera!

  15. A classic so beautifully done n presented!

  16. Looks absolutely irresistible, lovely presentation..

  17. this can never be wrong, I mean love sheera always as a prasadam or just a simple dessert, beautifully done.

  18. yes that song was a must!!! Whether you actually knew to sing or not - but made for some fun times for us hen we had that odd person who could not carry a single note volunteer to sing - bubbles of laughter would shake out bodies (my sis and me) but we had to contain them -- the meanness of youth! this is a good dish to kickstart navaratri with :)

  19. happy navrathri ,can't wait to see more pictures and recipes in these festival season.

  20. LoL ! "Oru Paatu Paaduma" happens toooo frequently to me also during Navratri.. !! even last eve, i was persuaded by my neighbour aunty to do so !!

    the sheera looks wonderful n yummy !


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  21. Yummy sooji halwa..looks so delicious with nuts and raisins

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  23. Hey divya...

    Great presentations and a easy blog to learn recipes for people who want to try new recipes.


  24. I tried your recipe today. I think it turned out well. still waiting for the comments from my family. Thanks a lot!


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