Sheera Recipe | Suji Halwa Recipe | Sooji Halwa Recipe

making suji halwa recipe

sheera recipe with step by step pictures | sooji ka halwa recipe

Suji halwa (सूजी हलवा) or Sheera recipe (शिरा) is one sweet dish that’s popular throughout the country. People hailing from different states of India have their own versions of this sweet semolina delight. However, the chief ingredients and method of cooking remain fairly the same. It’s the minor changes according to the availability of ingredients, personal preferences, and different traditional approaches towards the recipe that have been passed along the several generations that contribute to the diversity. In North India, this classic Indian dessert is known as suji ka halwa or sooji ka halwa. In Maharashtra, it’s known by the name ‘Sheera’. The folks from South India like to call it ‘Rava Kesari’ (रवा केसरी) because they add deep orange food color to their version, and they usually skip the milk too. Rava is another name of semolina, by the way.

making sheera recipe with milk

This suji halwa is prepared with milk. That’s how it gets its rich texture. The key to making a good suji ka halwa is not being tight-fisted. Just be generous with the ghee/clarified butter, dry-fruits, and milk and you will notice how tremendously delicious your suji halwa tastes now. Besides, good things come to those who wait. Roasting the semolina at the right temperature and for the right amount of time would ensure your semolina is fragrant and doesn’t smell or taste raw.

the cultural importance of suji ka halwa

Almost in every culture in Hinduism places emphasis on preparing sheera recipe on auspicious occasions. Be it a house-warming ceremony, ground-breaking ceremony, inauguration of the new business, or someone’s birthday in the family, Mom and mum-in-law make it a point to prepare sheera recipe with bananas every single time. She prepared it as offering to the deities, also known as ‘prasad’ (प्रसाद) in Hindi. The same goes for Satyanarayan Puja, Kanya Puja, festivals like Ganeshotsav, Navratri, Janmashtami, Dashera, Diwali, etc. The prasad is distributed among the family members, friends, and neighbors. There is no dessert tastier than prasad. There is a strange kind of satisfaction in having suji ka halwa as prasad as if it were blessed by the God himself.

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Now let’s see how to make this luscious, rich suji ka halwa with milk.

how to make sooji ka halwa

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Sheera Recipe | Suji ka Halwa Recipe
 
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Sheera or Suji Halwa is a sweet dish recipe made with semolina and milk. The fragrance of ghee/clarified butter, flavors of saffron and banana, crunch of cashews make it an irresistible dessert.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • Fine semolina / Bareekrava – 1 cup
  • Ghee/Clarified butter – ½ cup + 1 tbsp
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Milk – 2 cups
  • Sugar – ¾ cup
  • Green cardamom powder – 1 tbsp
  • Raisins – ¼ cup
  • Cashews – ⅓ cup
  • Saffron – a few strands soaked in milk
  • Banana – 1, sliced
Instructions
  1. Melt ½ cup ghee/clarified butter in a skillet. Fry the cashews and raisins one after another until golden. Remove them onto a plate.
  2. Add semolina to the remaining ghee/clarified butter. Roast the semolina until it changes color. It should be fragrant and not smell raw at all.
  3. Carefully and slowly add hot water to the semolina and stir as you go till it absorbs all the water.
  4. Next, add sugar and mix well.
  5. Once the sugar has melted completely, slowly add in the milk and stir as you go.
  6. Also add the saffron soaked in warm milk.
  7. Once the semolina has absorbed the milk, add the remaining 1 tbsp of ghee along the sides of the sheera. It will help the sheera come together.
  8. Cover and cook on low heat for 6-7 minutes. Stir the sheera once in between.
  9. When that’s done, add the fried cashews and raisins. Mix. Turn the stove off and let the sheera cool off a bit.
  10. When the sheera is just warm, sprinkle the ground green cardamom and mix.
  11. Arrange the banana slices on top of the sheera, cover the skillet and let it stand until the sheera cools off completely. This will also help the sheera absorb the flavor of banana.
  12. Sheera / Suji ka halwa is ready. Serve it as a dessert after the meals. Store in the fridge, it stays fresh for 2 days.

sheera recipe with step by step pictures below


Step 1

Keep all the ingredients for the sheera or suji halwa recipe at hand.

Ingredients for suji ka halwa / sheera recipe


Step 2

Melt ½ cup ghee/clarified butter in a skillet. Fry 1/3 cup cashews and ¼ cup raisins one after another until golden. Remove them onto a plate.

fry cashews and raisins in clarified butter / ghee


Step 3

Add 1 cup fine semolina to the remaining ghee/clarified butter. Roast the semolina until it changes color. It should be fragrant and not smell raw at all.

roast semolina in remaining clarified butter, roast till it becomes aromatic


Step 4

Carefully and slowly add 1 cup hot water to the semolina and stir as you go till it absorbs all the water.

slowly and carefully add 1 cup of hoot water to semolina and mix


Step 5

Next, add ¾ cup sugar and mix well.

add sugar and mix well


Step 6

Once the sugar has melted completely, slowly add in the 2 cups of milk and stir as you go.

add milk and mix once the sugar has melted


Step 7

Also add the few strands of saffron soaked in 1 tbsp of warm milk.

add strands of saffron to 1 tbsp warm milk and add to sheera


Step 8

Once the semolina has absorbed the milk, add the remaining 1 tbsp of ghee along the sides of the sheera. It will help the sheera come together.

add rest of the ghee / clarified butter and mix


Step 9

Cover and cook on low heat for 6-7 minutes. Stir the sheera once in between.

cover and cook on low heat for 6~7 minutes


Step 10

When that’s done, add the fried cashews and raisins. Mix. Turn the stove off and let the sheera cool off a bit.

when done, add fried cashews and raisins and mix and turn off the heat


Step 11

When the sheera is just warm, sprinkle 1 tbsp ground green cardamom and mix.

when sheera is just a bit warm, add cardamom powder and mix


Step 12

Slice a banana and arrange them on top of the sheera, cover the skillet and let it stand until the sheera cools off completely. This will also help the sheera absorb the flavor of banana.

add sliced bananas and cover and let it cool


Step 13

Sheera / Suji ka halwa is ready. Serve it as a dessert after the meals. Store in the fridge, it stays fresh for 2 days.

suji ka halwa recipe / sheera recipe is now ready!

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Pooja Dhawan
    August 9, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    sheera looks fab… i love bananas in sheera..i usually mash them and add them while cooking..

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 10, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      Ditto! My Mom makes it with mashed bananas. Husband likes slices, so I changed the way. 🙂

  • Reply
    R. Jayakumar
    August 24, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Its really very tasty…thnxx for the recepie

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 11, 2018 at 7:19 pm

      Thank you.

  • Reply
    Shreya pandit
    September 17, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Awesome suji halwa. Badhiya.

    • Reply
      Monica
      January 10, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you, Shreya

  • Reply
    KAVITA Mishra
    March 26, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks for the receipe. . It’s delicious

    • Reply
      Monica
      March 26, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks Kavita 🙂

  • Reply
    Sangeetha Ubendiran
    July 12, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I made suji halwa with milk n bananas for the very first time using your recipe and I am completely hooked! I always wanted to make suji halwa that tastes like satyanarayan prasad I have eaten in pujas. This has the same taste. Just so good. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    srishti
    June 10, 2019 at 1:07 am

    wow. i love banana in suji halwa. nice rcp. will try soon for satyanarayan pooja.

    • Reply
      Monica
      June 15, 2019 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks. Let me know how it turned out for you.

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