Sooji Sheera | Semolina Pudding with Almonds

Sooji Sheera or Semolina Pudding is a popular Indian dessert that can be made in minutes. It has many variants all over India like Sooji Halwa, Rava Sheera, Rava Kesari and more. This is one of the few desserts that can be whipped up with pantry ingredients, without any advance preparation.  It is traditionally served on many festive occasions and Puja (prayer ceremonies) as Prasad (religious offering, consumed after completion of ceremonies).

Healthy Variation of Sooji Sheera

It is extremely easy to customize this to your taste.  In my variation of this classic, I add a few tablespoons of almond meal (or almond flour) to the recipe. It adds a creamy rich taste of almonds and bumps up the protein in this dish, making it healthier for my kids.  My kids love it for breakfast too!  I like using a combination of Ghee and unsalted butter for this recipe, but you can stick to one if you prefer it that way.Semolina Pudding; Sooji Sheera, Sooji Halwa by Spice Cravings. Sooji Sheera is an Indian sweet pudding dessert made by pan-roasting semolina with milk and sugar. We make this recipe healthier by using almond meal/ flour. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian

I make this Sooji Sheera using a half-and-half mix of milk and water.  You could make it with all milk or all water too.  I added saffron to the milk/water mix before warming it so that the saffron would release its flavor and color to the Sheera.  You can omit the saffron if you prefer.

Cute, Individual Portions for Kids

To make this a fun recipe for the kids, I sometimes make this like a cup cake.  First, I make the sheera and turn off the heat when it’s at a semi-dry consistency.   Then, I pour it in silicone baking cups, even it out with the back of a spoon, and let it set for a few hours.   For plating, I simply invert the silicone molds on to a plate and the semolina cakes just slide off.  I garnish it with sliced almonds and crushed cardamom.

My kids love this presentation!   It looks like a cup cake to them and its bite size makes it a perfect snack.

Semolina Pudding; Sooji Sheera, Sooji Halwa by Spice Cravings. Sooji Sheera is an Indian sweet pudding dessert made by pan-roasting semolina with milk and sugar. We make this recipe healthier by using almond meal/ flour. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian

More Indian Desserts to Enjoy

Here are some other Indian desserts that I love to make and my family really enjoys.

Deep Fried Gujiya, by Spice Cravings. Deep Fried Gujiya, or Milk Fudge Turnovers, are a popular dessert made in the northern part of India around the festivals of Holi and Diwali. It is a deep-fried sweet dumpling that is made by stuffing pastry dough with sweetened milk fudge (khoya), chopped nuts and coconut flakes and is glazed with a thick sugar syrup. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie
Deep Fried Gujiya
Kesar Badam Halwa, Saffron Almond Pudding by Spice Cravings . #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #saffron #almond #fudge #halwa #indiancuisine #desserts
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Baked Gujiya by Spice Cravings. Gujiya, or Milk Fudge Turnovers, are a popular dessert made in the northern part of India around the festivals of Holi and Diwali. This recipe is an oven baked version of the traditional deep fried gujiya, which is a sweet dumpling that is made by stuffing pastry dough with sweetened milk fudge (khoya), chopped nuts and coconut flakes and is glazed with a thick sugar syrup. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie
Baked Gujiya
Almond spice cookies- eggless almond spice cookies, Almond Nankhatai by Spice Cravings. This healthy version of Nankhatai or Almond Spice Cookies uses mixes in whole wheat flour, and almond flour with the all purpose flour & a bunch of spices. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian
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Sooji Badaam Sheera (Semolina Almond Pudding)

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 15

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Semolina / Sooji (coarse or fine)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or unsalted butter (I use 1 tbsp of each)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cashews
  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cardamom Powder (5-6 pods)
  • 2 tablespoon Almond Meal (optional)
  • 3/4 cup warm milk mixed with 1/2 tsp saffron
  • 3/4 cup hot water

Instructions

1

Prep: If using nuts, chop them coarsely. Warm milk, water and saffron, together in the microwave for 2 minutes. Keep aside.

2

Add ghee/butter in a sauce pan and melt on medium heat for 20-30 seconds. Add your choice of chopped nuts and raisins and sauté for 1 minute. Add Sooji (and almond meal) and sauté for 5 minutes on medium flame, this is to cook away the rawness of semolina (sooji).

3

Add the warm milk-water-saffron mix and stir continuously with a whisk or wooden spoon to avoid any lumps from forming.

4

When the mix reaches a semi-liquid consistency, add sugar and stir till sooji cooks off to a thick pudding-like consistency. Turn off the heat and add the cardamom powder and stir. Serve warm or cold.

Notes

You can choose to make this recipe without any nuts if you wish, it still turns out delicious! When you add warm liquid to the pan, it splashes, so use a deep sauce pan and a long whisk to be safe.

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