Sheera/ Sooji Halwa/ Kesari is traditional Indian sweet dish and very commonly served as prasad during puja or festivals. This is one sweet dish which can be easily prepared in short time and requires less ingredients. The term Kesari comes from mild Orange color rendered to the dish by Saffron (Kesar). If you do not have Saffron, you can add pinch of Orange color to the dish but its best to use natural colors than artificial

I have sweet tooth and no matter how much I try, I always tend to gravitate towards sweet dishes. You would find more dessert recipes in my blog than the rest :P. As a child I often used to wait puja to get over to eat Kesari, ladoos etc and this hasn’t changed much over the years ūüėČ

This recipe is a delicious twist to traditional Kesari. Goodness of Apple and Cinnamon with traditional Sheera makes this Healthy and yummy

Preparation Time: 8 mins Cooking Time: 20 mins Total time: 28 mins

Servings: 5


  • 1¬†medium apple, peeled cored and cubed
  • 2/3 cup¬†Semolina/Sooji 1¬†medium apple, peeled cored and cubed
  • 2/3 cup¬†sugar
  • 8-10¬†saffron strands
  • 7-8¬†cashews
  • 4-5 tbsp¬†ghee/Clarified butter
  • 1 teaspoon¬†Cinnamon
  • 21/4 cups¬†water

Steps to Cook

  • Heat water in a vessel, add apples and cinnamon. Cook until Apple softens
  • In separate pan, melt 2-3 tbsp ghee. Fry cashews until golden brown. Take it out and keep it aside
  • In same pan, add semolina, roast until aromatic.
  • Add boiling water containing apples and mix well. Cook until semolina cooks. You can lightly mash apples in case you don’t want to bite on pieces
  • Add crushed saffron and mix well. Alternatively saffron can be added to boiling water and then added to Semolina
  • Add sugar and remaining ghee and mix well. You can also add 1/4 teaspoon Cardamom powder for additional taste. Cook until it reaches consistency of sheera.
  • Add in nuts and mix well
  • Serve warm or cold as desired. Best served warm
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Posted by:Rekha Unni

Humble quirky soul embarking on beautiful journey of love called Life. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies and I love experimenting with different types of foods. it's the love of cooking for my family which has made this hobby as one of my passions

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