I had no clue! Stumbled on the discovery by accident!
So, my coworker is from India and she is always delightfully talking about cooking Indian food. She has me hungry all the time! The food she cooks sounds delicious.
For breakfast one morning she brought in Sheera. Now supposedly this is an Indian dessert (remember – you know ‘dessert’ is spelled right with two ‘r’s, cuz it stand for ‘strawberry shortcake’!). But, if you cook Sheera with less sugar it makes for a great breakfast. Sheera reminds me in ways of cream-of-wheat, only a little thicker. And tastier.
She was telling me to take roast some Semolina flour in a pan for a few minutes. Ratio of semolina is 1 C semolina to 2 C water, and reduce the sugar to 1/2 C if you are going to use for breakfast, etc…
So, I am at home wanting to make some of this stuff, but put it off because the only place I knew I could pick up Semolina flour was at my local Albertson’s. But, on a norm I shop at Stater’s. So, I just never got around to it.
But, I was really craving it one night. So, I went searching through my cupboards just out of curiousity. And I thought, “cous cous could work”. I bought a box real cheap at Trader Joe’s. Happened to look at the ingredients to see exactly what Cous Cous really was and BINGO! Durum Wheat S-E-M-O-L-I-N-A! Go figure! Hallelujah!
So, without further adoo, I give the wonderful recipe for Sheera. I did try it with 1/2C sugar and still found it to be a bit too sweet. I’d probably go with 1/4-1/3C sugar. I can’t imagine a whole Cup, but please complete to your liking.
Takes only a few minutes to make.
1 Cup Semolina/Rawa
1 Cup Sugar
3-4 tbsp Ghee *I didn’t have ghee. Used butter.
2 Cups Water
1 tsp Cardamom powder *I used Cardamom, but I was told you could substitute with Nutmeg
8-10 Golden Raisins
2-3 Almonds sliced
1) Heat the water. Keep aside covered
2) Add ghee to frying pan. Cook raisins and keep aside
3) Now add Semolina to the ghee and roast well until you get the nice aroma of roasted semolina (Takes approx 5-6 mins).
4) At this stage, add sugar and ground cardamom.
5) Mix well for a minute and then add hot water slowly. Take care while adding water as it might bubble out.
6) Keep stirring continuously to avoid forming lumps.
7) Add the cooked raisins and mix well
8) Cook covered on medium heat for 2-3 mins
9) Serve hot garnished with sliced almonds
Tada! Kids are suppose to love it, too. My son liked it. My daughter is like her father and picky when it comes to texture – she didn’t take to it. That is okay, more for me! But watch out, it suppose to be pretty caloric! But oh so tasty!
P.S. – I also just found out that Coriander is the same thing as C-I-L-A-N-T-R-O! Cool, huh?