Jan 5, 2009

Banana Sheera..

Here's wishing you all a very happy and safe 2009 !!! Hoping this year brings each and everyone the best of health and happiness..

Talking about today's post, I just love Sheera and from the past one week it was sheer torture for me looking at the different Sheeras at Meera's, Purnima's and Arun's..

Like everyone said, Sheera anytime is just pure bliss, and when its icy and raining outside, a bowl of warm sheera is heaven..Don't go by my picture above, I know it doesn't do justice, but it does taste awesome..I don't have to say more for those who know the goodness of it :)..

Now, sometimes I get too greedy. I wanted more than Sheera, I wanted Sapaad that is made for naivedya and prasad during Satyanarayan Pujas. I called up Mom this morning and asked her for the recipe. She gave me the whole recipe and then asked why I wanted the Sapaad recipe in particular. When I told her I was craving for it, she scolded me saying you cannot just make Sapaad anytime at home and eat whenever you want. It is supposed to be made only if there is a Satyanarayan Puja at home, and she warned me again its not a good thing to make it without a puja. I believe in such things, so she knows I won't do it :)..An alternative, she said, alter the quantities used and make it. Ya, that I can do and that's what I did..

According to my mom, Sapaad/Banana Sheera uses equal 1 1/4 measures of all quantities when made for the Pujas. It needn't be the regular cup measures, can be a small vati/katori/glass, anything, but should measure 1 1/4 of everything.

So, for a Sapaad the measures would be..

Rava/Semolina - 1 1 /4 cup
Ripe Bananas - 1 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1 1/4 cup
Milk - 1 1/4 cup
Ghee - 1 1/4 cup

Ya, with the equal quantity measures and ghee dripping, the little prasad never seems to be enough.

What I made, I'll just call it Banana Sheera.

The quantities I used are..

Rava/ Semolina - 1 cup
Ripe Bananas, sliced fine - 1 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup . This seemed perfect for us, as the bananas contributed to the sweetness too.
Milk - 1 cup. The milk should be hot.
Ghee - 2 tbsp . That's all I used, but if you need it richer, go ahead and use more.
Elaichi/Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp ( This ingredient is not used in original one)

The method for making is the same in any case..

- Heat a kadhai, add the ghee to it and add the rava and roast it on low flame till it gives a nice aroma. Stir constantly to avoid any burning of the rava.
- Add in the chopped banana and mix well.
- Then, add the hot milk and mix well, taking care no lumps are formed. Once the mixture gets cooked and becomes one mass, add in the sugar (and cardamom powder). The mixture will get liquidy again. Mix everything well again and once it dries up as per the consistency you want, take off from flame.
- Ready to eat, hot..

Note :- If you are wondering now what is the difference between Sapaad and Banana Sheera, its only the measures in the quantities of ingredients as I have mentioned above.

Enjoy it especially on a cold day like this..
P.S: Took this pic in the morning, in the evening, these ice-cones had doubled..Icy icy day..

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Sunshinemom said...

We love sheera too, though I make it rarely because of the sugar:)

Priya said...

Delicious Sheera!!!

Aparna said...

Best wishes for a happy, peaceful and prosperous new year, Maya.

Meera said...

Your shira looks so good, Maya. I am not a fan of banana but I love the flavor of bananas in prasad shira.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is so cool. Will try it soon. Have book marked it. Nowadays I am trying many konkan recipes, so will be visiting ur blog often. YUM!

Vanamala Hebbar said...

very nice....i often makes this..

sowmya said...

nice recipe,,,will make it soon..

Uj said...

Now this is torture for me.. I love Sapaad...for some reason I cant make a decent sheera..probably because I hate ghee ;) would love to have the one made by you right now :D

Purnima said...

Wow..tajjo porbolu aailo haangavaran! Yummy sheera, though its been ages since I made banana wala sheera, love to have it as prasad! I learnt abt same proportion ie. 1:1:1:1 :D Learnt a new word here, Sapaad! (tks for linking me..wd chk Arun's version too..loved ur n Meera's!)

Paru ... said...

Yummy..I luv the prasadam of Satyanarayana puja..

Namrata Kini said...

Maya...I read your post at the right time. I have 3 small over-ripe bananas with me. Now I know what to do with it. Sapaad happens to be my favorite too. Thanks a lot.

Anonymous said...

Hi Maya! Awesome that you reminded us of Sappad! Yes! THat has a completely different taste and is only prepared during SatyaNarayana Puja! I think the recipe calls for 1 cup of each of the five main ingredients!

And as you said,
Pure Joy!

Sorry for the delay in commenting here - am currently in mumbai; see my new post!

Beena said...

I made it as per your recipe and it turned out so yummy!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe:)