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Rava Sheera Or Sooji Halwa - Semolina Pudding

Indian sweet dish. Made during an auspicious pooja or can be made on regular day with daal rice and puri.
Ingredients
  Semolina 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Milk 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Ghee 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Clarified butter)
  Sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Use according to your taste)
  Cardamom powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon, divided (A pinch reserved and kept aside for the garnish)
  Raisins 1⁄2 Tablespoon (To garnish)
  Dried cranberries 1⁄2 Tablespoon (Optional)
  Vanilla extract/Tulsi patta 2 Drop (Optional)
  Almonds 1 Tablespoon, slivered (To garnish)
  Pistachios 1 Tablespoon (To garnish)
  Tulsi patta 4 Medium, torn (To garnish)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. In a pan boil 3 cups of milk, stirring occasionally so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Once boiled, set aside.

MAKING
2. In another pan, heat 1/4 cup of ghee (clarified butter) and roast the semolina (rava) on a medium heat. Continue to stir till it starts to bubble.
3. When the rava bubbles, continue to stir and cook it a little more. After a few minutes, add the cardamom powder, raisins and dried cranberries and stir.
4. Once the semolina is cooked, slowly and carefully add the boiled hot milk, stirring continuously. The semolina would start getting thicker.
5. Continue to stir till the semolina thickens more. Once the semolina is lumpy and thick and does not stick to the spatula, it is done.
6. Reduce the heat and add the sugar. Stir well to blend in the sugar to the cooked semolina (sheera).
7. Turn off the heat when the sugar is well blended in to the sheera. Finally add a few drops of vanilla extract (optional).

SERVING
8. Garnish with slivered almonds, pistachios and a few torn tulsi leaves (sweet basil leaves)followed by sprinkles of cardamom powder and serve on auspicious occasions.

NOTE
Besides semolina, this sweet dish may be prepared using whole wheat flour or split green gram.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Gujarati
Course: 
Dessert
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Stir Fried
Restriction: 
Vegetarian, Low Cholesterol
Ingredient: 
Semolina
Interest: 
Easy
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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