Winter delight : Freshhhhh Strawberries 🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓are in season, and fruity sheera is a favourite of mine 😍😍😍 and strawberries are full of Vitamin C and loaded with anti oxidants too. So enjoy it while the season lasts. And here goes the recipe to the very simple yet tongue tickling strawberry flavoured sheera.
- 3/4th cup semolina (thick rawa*)
- 3 tbsp + 1 tsp ghee
- 1 1/2 cups hot milk
- 3/4th cup + 1 tbsp sugar (adjust sweetness to individual choice and depending on the sweetness of the strawberries)
- 1 cup + 1/4th cup finely chopped strawberries
- A few small cubes of strawberries to garnish (optional)
- In a deep pan heat 3 tbsp ghee, once it melts add semolina and roast it till you get its aroma and till it slightly changes colour. An indicator that the semolina is nicely roasted is you’ll get it’s aroma even at a distance. Also you can see the ghee leaving sides, which means the rawa is roasted properly. Boil milk simultaneously while roasting the rawa.
- Once the semolina is well roasted add hot milk and stir well. Be careful while adding the milk as its real hot and it splutters when you add it to hot rawa. This is one of the reasons why a deep pan should be used. The rawa will fluff up, mix well so that there are no lumps. Cover with a steam release lid and cook on low flame till the rawa fluffs up well and is cooked. Stir well occassionally if not the mix will stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Now add in the chopped strawberries and stir well till the strawberries gel with the rawa/ semolina. The strawberries will soften and release moisture, now mix well with a flat spatula so that the strawberries get mashed well and its colour sinks into the semolina and the colour will turn into a pleasant pinkish colour depending on the colour of the strawberries.
- Now add in the sugar and mix well. The sugar will melt and then start thickening. Cover and cook until the sheera is fluffy and it starts leaving sides of the container. Switch off the flame, add 1/4th cup chopped strawberries. Add in a tsp of ghee from the sides and mix well. This gives the sheera a glazy look.
- Serve hot garnished with freshly chopped strawberries. Tastes best when served hot.
- The semolina must be roasted well, if not the end product will turn out sticky and you won’t enjoy the flavours of the sheera. Roasting of sheera to be done on LOW flame only preferably on the smallest gas burner.
- DO NOT add milk and chopped strawberries together as the milk may split.
- Adjust sugar to individual taste depending on the sweetness of the strawberries. Strawberries do have a certain level of tartness even if sweet hence I have added an extra tbsp of sugar to get that perfect sweet taste with a tinge of tartness.
- Adjust ghee quantity to your liking.
- Adding hot milk to the rawa results in a fluffy sheera. Also adding milk gives a richer flavour to the sheera. However milk can be replaced with water.
- *Thick rawa is one shade thicker than chiroti rawa, just a little coarse not very coarse.
- Strawberries are available in winters, and the weather is chilled, hence serve strawberry sheera hot only, as the ghee tends to solidify and you won’t be able to enjoy the actual flavour of strawberry sheera.
- Once you buy semolina, clean it and dry roast it till it slightly changes colour. Cool and store in an air tight container, this way the semolina does’nt get spoilt and is free of pests.