Being born and brough up in Tamil Nadu ‘Kesari’ is the most common sweet that is prepared using Rava/Semolina. Amma never made Sooji Halwa at home. Since early 2010 I started doing Thrusday Pooja for Shirdi Sai and every week I used to prepare Kheer, Sweets as Neivedhyam. I end my day’s fast with that sweet. This warm Sooji Halwa has become my favorite ever since.
Though am not fasting regularly these days, every year during his Mahasamadhi day I prepare this Halwa as an offering for Him. There are some dishes you have so many memories with them. For me I associate Sheera with my Thursday Poojai, the smell of incense sticks, Baba & my pooja space in Chennai decorated with flowers 🙂
I have made Sheera with Banana as seen in the pic below. The consistency will be slightly slimy compared to the one prepared with jaggery or sugar. You need to just mash & add one banana once Rava is cooked. Along with it add milk, sugar, cardamom powder and a pinch of saffron or turmeric for the color. Shall share a detailed recipe with pictures sometime soon.
You can make Sooji Halwa with just Semolina, Milk & Sugar. During Ashtami many prepare this Halwa as Prashad along with Poori.
I have also shared some simple sweet recipes in the blog that you can prepare this Diwali. Sharing the links for some of those recipes below