I think this is a universal sweet. Everybody likes one or the other version of it.
Namewise, its called as Sheera/Sanja (Konkani), Kesari Baath (in Bangalore-Kannada, it should be bhath, not Baath though. I wonder why it is called ‘bhath’ because as far as I know ‘bhath’ means rice) and Sooji Halwa.
Recently we went out for lunch at ‘Ruchi Indian Restaurant‘ here in Overland park, KS, and I simply loved the food. Then they had this ‘Sooji Halwa’, which had the great aroma of ghee. I couldn’t eat it there because I was already full. So the next day I prepared our own ‘Sheera’. It came out great (except the aroma, because I had used ‘Crisco Shortening‘ instead of ‘ghee’), but still the taste was great.
Wheat sooji (wheat rava) 1 cup
Sugar 3/4 cup
Ghee 1 tbl spn
Raisins(Dried grapes) & Cashews 1 tea spn
Milk 1/2 cup
Water 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder 1/2 tea spn
Saffron(optional) a pinch
Heat ghee and add cloves, cashews and raisins, fry for sometime. Add wheat sooji and fry on low flame till the nice aroma comes out. Add sugar, milk and water(add the saffron dissolved in water). Close and cook till water is absorbed. Add cardamom powder and mix well. Serve hot.
Serves : 2
Preparation time : 10min