Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Singhada cha Sheera ( Singoda Sheera )

Enjoy a nice, warm bowl of this wholesome sheera to drive away your hunger pangs during fasting.

It is the season of fasting in India and I thought I would post one of my favorite fasting foods. This sweet dish made with shudh ghee, sugar and singhada peeth  
( also known as Indian water Chestnut ). A little of this sheera and you will be satisfied for hours.

This delicious sheera was enjoyed by everyone at our home. It is the first time my in-laws and my hubby tasted this and they loved it too.


1 1/2 cups Singhada ( Singoda ) flour
1/4 cup ghee
1/2 - 3/4 cup sugar ( 1/2 cup was good enough for me , but it is not very sweet, if you like it a little sweet than add 3/4 cup )
1/4 cup  mixture of cashews and raisins
1/8 tsp fresh cardamom powder
1 1/4 cup boiling water

  • In a medium saucepan heat the ghee over medium low. When hot add the cashews and raisins and saute them for half a minute or until the cashews turn pink.
  • Next goes in the flour. Roast this by stirring continuously till it changes color and give off a beautiful sweet nutty aroma. Make sure it does not burn at the bottom of the pan. ( the flour's initial color is cream, but it soon turns a dark brown, do not panic that is what it's supposed to do )
  • Mix the sugar and boiling water together and pour this over the flour mixture.
  • Stir to mix it thoroughly. First it would seem watery but very soon it will solidify. Make sure that you keep stirring as all this happen quite fast. Cook for another 2-3 minutes and remove from heat, sprinkle the cardamom powder. Serve warm

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