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Pineapple sheera

Few days back, Aruna had mailed me this recipe. Usually I use pineapple to make either paank or juice. I have a good stock of paank with me now, so that option was ruled out. I started giving the fruit to hubby in his lunch box and when I was cutting it day before yesterday, it reminded me of this recipe.

As Aruna said here, a pinch of yellow food color is added to this to give a nice color. I usually avoid adding color to any dish. So I added “Kesari milk masala” from “Everest”, which I had brought from India. This is usually added to milk and drank. But since this has an amazing aroma, I included it in the sheera instead of normal keshar(saffron).

Normally saffron is added to warm milk and then added to any dish to give the nice color to the dish. In a hurry, I did not add it to milk, so color of the dish still remained white.

Thanks Aruna for the wonderful recipe.

Wheat sooji(rava) 1 cup
Ghee 1 tbl spn
Pineapple pieces 1/2 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Cloves(optional) 2
Cardamom powder 1/4 tea spn
Saffron strands(soaked in 1 tbl spn warm milk) 6-7 or yellow food color a pinch

Cloves and saffron(or kesar milk masala) were not there in the original recipe. I included them thinking they will enhance the taste.
The tinned pineapple(along with juice) can also be used for this.

Cook pineapple pieces and keep aside.
Heat ghee and add cloves. Then add the rava and fry for around 5mins on a low flame. When a nice aroma wafts from it, add 2 cups water and cook (take care not to form any lumps). When water is absorbed, add sugar and cooked pineapple pieces. Add saffron(or kesar milk masala) soaked in warm milk or food color and mix well. Cook till sheera becomes dry and add cardamom powder.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 15mins

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{ 30 comments… add one }

  • Manasi September 13, 2006, 9:49 am

    Thank U Very much !! Will try this today!!!!!!!!! :D

  • Arjuna September 13, 2006, 10:13 am

    I never tried this dish before.. will try it soon.

    Your lunch box series is beautiful and a great idea too.

  • Asha September 13, 2006, 12:37 pm

    I have made this before , kesari bhath with pineapple and banana , tastes delicious! Thanks for making me crave for some now! :) Here I go ..

    Shilpa! I put up my photos in my MEME :D ‘Asha’ has a face now!

  • Vaishali September 13, 2006, 1:05 pm

    I too make Shira with pineapple in it. But cloves? That sounds aromatic. Never tried it before, but am keen to do it next time.

  • MenuToday September 13, 2006, 4:57 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    I too add yellow food colour, I like this dish very much. Thanks for sharing.

  • RP September 13, 2006, 5:51 pm

    Sounds good. I love pineapples. I will try it out soon.
    By the way, do you want my Mac & Cheese for the lunchbox?

  • RP September 13, 2006, 5:55 pm

    Oops. I don’t know what this lunchbox program is all about. Are you looking for us readers to submit lunchbox recipes? Or are you just sharing your lunchbox items? One of my readers suggested that I submit the above recipe to your lunchbox. Thanks a lot.

  • Rooma September 13, 2006, 6:57 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    Nice idea of pineapple sheera!!!!!
    I usually make it with banana and instead of water i use milk, or half water half mimlk sometimes……

  • Aruna Pai September 13, 2006, 10:39 pm

    Thanks Shilpa for posting this. I got this recipe from my mom last time after i mentioned abt it, in one of your post. Food colour is anyway artificial and not good for health. Only when you prepare for some function/party it gives a colour.

  • prema September 14, 2006, 5:33 am

    Hi shilpa,
    I have tasted this dish before In wedding. They had used pineapple essence and grapes too in it.. and they called it pinapple pudding.It is more like making kesari and adding fruits and essence to it. thanks

  • Shilpa September 14, 2006, 6:02 am

    Thanks Manasi, Arjuna,MT.

    Asha, I saw the meme. I can recognize you now if I happen to see you some where :D.

    Vaishali, we usually add cloves to normal sheera. So I included it here also. Try it, you will like it.

    RP, I was looking for kid’s lunchbox recipes.. Do you think your mac and cheese can be given to kids? please let me know.

    Rooma, I will try your method next time. Thanks.

    Thanks Aruna.

  • Hema September 14, 2006, 7:01 am

    Never tried making sheera with pineapples. This recipe goes in to my to-do list. Thanks!

  • RP September 14, 2006, 10:23 am

    I make it for my daughter. It is indeed a kid’s favorite. But I don’t pack it in her lunchbox because she doesn’t like it cold. If your kid likes cold pasta, I think you can pack it for lunch.

  • Anjali Koli September 15, 2006, 3:02 am


    This is one fave. One has to be careful with pineapple if it is not cooked and added after cooking shira it tastes bitter. It is a good idea to cook pineapple with sugar. Cook the rava with milk and then mix in the sweetened pineapple. Its a hit in Blr….chow -chow bhat yumm…

    Did you know that sheera is always when cooked with milk else it is halwa thats what my Aai would say :).

    I love your site and the effort you put in the presentation all for the love of cooking. Cheers

  • Varsha September 19, 2006, 9:31 am

    Wow looks and sounds yummy..was on a lookout for this recipe

    BTW ever made “apple kheer”? had heard about it in one old Rekha movie “Khoobsurat”. I tried my version..the milk split and i was left with a lot of mess…heh heh

  • Shilpa September 19, 2006, 9:45 am

    Varsha, I have not tried apple kheer. Let me see if I can get hold of the recipe :).

  • sabita April 6, 2007, 11:39 am

    Thanks a lot Shilpa. My sis & I had to eat this when in Bangalore. Thanks for getting the correct recipie for me.

  • sabita April 6, 2007, 11:41 am

    Dear Shilpa,
    Thanks for finding the recipie for me
    my sis & i had to eat this when in Banglore.

  • shubha July 11, 2007, 1:27 pm

    Hey thanx a lot… had some stock of pineapple in my fridge was thinking wt to do with them…… thanx for the idea

  • Preeti February 14, 2008, 8:06 am

    I am going to try this as I have fresh pineapple with me today and my daughters dont like to eat the fruit as it is as it itches their tongue.

    Thanks for the recepie

  • nisrin February 22, 2008, 9:10 am

    It was very nice only that it had little lumps

  • Meenal March 11, 2008, 6:23 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    I came to kno abt pineapple sheera only frm ur site..Indeed a creative n different recipie..I hd read it in ur blog many days back n was on my mind….Nw that i hav som fresh pineapple at hand, i want to giv ths a try rgt away..!!..Had a query….Can i cook d pineapple pieces in microwave with lil water (for abt 5 min or so) as i do for som veggies..?..or it shd b cooked on stovetop..Pls lemme kno abt same..as iv never cooked pineapple pieces erlier so dnt kno mch..
    Thnks again for the lovely recipie :-)


    Shilpa: You can do any way Meenal. But I prefer cooking on stove top because the sweetness of the pineapple remains in the pan after they are cooked.

  • Meenal March 13, 2008, 8:00 pm

    Thnks Shilpa….I made this Sheera n it was a gr8 hit in d house….taste was awesome..!..We loved eating it.. :-)
    Generally.since childhood iv noticed tht Sheera at our place is made during varios poojas n som religious occasions….especially Sheera with banana is common….The pineapple sheera wud indeed be an innovative version to make at these times….n it wud also earn lot of praise n admiration for me..ha..ha..!! :-)
    Thnks for ur simple n wonderful recipies wh r furthur simplified by ur gud n straightforward presentation.

  • Anu June 17, 2008, 12:52 pm

    Very good recipe..Even i don’t like to add food color,but to give yellow color ,i add a pinch of turmeric to hot water and use it..It gives the required yellow color

  • Palak June 24, 2008, 2:53 am

    Its really very nice Receip. I will try today only as my hubby like it very much.
    But i have one doubt.
    how to cook pineapple as i have never done this before.
    please advice.
    once again thanks a lot :)

    Shilpa: Cook it in a pan with about half cup water for about 7-8 mins.

  • Rashmi July 13, 2008, 6:37 am

    The combination was exellent

  • Nehal Gosar November 25, 2008, 9:04 pm

    how do you cook the pineapple? For how long? Can it be cooked and stored for a couple of days?

    Shilpa: Cook in water for about 5mins.

  • Leena January 22, 2009, 2:27 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    2 days back I had this dish in my office canteen and liked it so much that I wanted to make it at home. Today while searching in google, came accross this site and your recipe. I liked the site instantly and the recipe looks delicious. Now waiting to cook it at home to impress my mom-in-law ;-)
    Thanks a lot for all the efforts! Will surely post some recipe (if it is not already on the site) soon.
    Thanks again!!!

  • Rohan March 26, 2010, 2:39 pm

    Hi ,

    I tried this. Was very good, thanks. The only time before this one when i tried to make sheera…It looked like kheer. never got thick of sheera consistency. Do you know why ? Can someone please tell me what wrong did i do?

  • Girish Mallya December 16, 2010, 10:29 pm


    I guess you used too much water. Remember, apart from the 2 glasses of water, you would be adding more water when you add the pineapples which you would have cooked in water. Plus, when sugar is added, it all gets watery.
    I have been making sheera for a year now. Out of experience, I add half the required amount of milk/water first and then as the sheera starts thickening, I add more milk/water as much as I feel is required. Also, I leave the cooked sheera closed for quite some time to cool down. This is when the remaining water content is absorbed and you get the sheera-like consistency.

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