Sheera / Sajjige / Sooji halwa (Rawa pudding)


Sheera is a pudding made with semolina. It is made both in north and south India but is referred to with different names. In Karnataka, it is called 'Sajjige'. You can also add some pineapple pieces to this preparation to make pineapple pudding. In some places it is served as a dessert. In the fast food restaurants in Bangalore, this is served for breakfast with upma / uppittu. In many north Indian temples, the halwa is given as 'prasad'. Also in North India, puri halwa is served for breakfast.
What you will need:
1 cup medium rawa (sooji or semolina)
3/4 cup to 1 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
1 cup warm milk
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup ghee (clarified butter)
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
few strands of saffron
3 - 4 cloves
8 - 10 cashewnuts

How to prepare:
Soak the saffron in 2 tsps of milk.
Heat ghee in a pan. Add cashewnuts and stir-fry. Now add the cloves and then add the rawa. Fry the rava on a medium heat until the nice aroma comes out. After the rava is done, slowly add the warm milk and water while stirring the rawa. Cover and cook until the water evaporates. Now add the sugar and mix well. Cook for another 2 minutes.Add the cardamom powder and saffron soaked in milk and turn the heat off.
Serve hot.