Sweet Sheera with Cardamom, almonds and raisins

Sweet Sheera with Cardamom, almonds and raisins

Recipe and Photo Credits:

Aparna Khanolkar of Pureishvari.com

Sheera is a sweet, comforting semolina pudding served with breakfast or as a dessert, that is perfect for the cooling temperatures of fall. Rich with ghee and nuts, the healthy fats build strength and resilience for the coming winter. 

*contains gluten


1 cup Semolina

½ cup plus 1 tbps Ghee

¾ cup Coconut Sugar

2 1/4 cups water 

10-12 strands of Saffron

1 tsp Cardamom powder

2-3 tbsp Raisins

2-3 tbsp Slivered Almonds 



  1. In a medium-sized pot, heat the ghee on medium heat.
  2. Add the raisins to the ghee and fry them till they are plump.
  3. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep aside.
  4. Now add the almonds and fry them till they are light golden brown. Remove and keep aside.
  5. Now add the semolina and stir.
  6. Keep stirring continuously till the ghee and semolina are well incorporated.
  7. Keep the heat on medium low and stir for 7-9 minutes till the semolina is light golden in color and fragrant.
  8. In the meanwhile, heat the water and add the sugar to the water. Take 2 tbsp of hot water in a small bowl and add the saffron strands to it. Let it sit so it releases its color and flavor.
  9. When the water come to a rolling boil, carefully add small amounts of the water to the semolina. Cover with a lid to allow it to steam.
  10. Mix well and add more water - bit by bit - till it is all incorporated into the semolina. If you add it all at once, it is likely to splash and cause burns.
  11. Now add the saffron water and cardamom powder and mix well. Add the fried raisins and almonds and keep cooking this Sheera for another 2-3 minutes by stirring often. Now turn off the heat and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Let it sit for about five minutes. Serve hot. 

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