Sheera and Vishu Wishes

Wish you all a Very Happy Tamil New year/Vishu kani.

April 14 is the Tamil New Year and according to our calendar, the year Vikruthi starts today. The tradition for vishu celebration is to keep a tray filled with coins and cash, clothes and fruits infront of a image of deity and seeing the reflection of the tray in a mirror and seeing it as the first object, the first thing in the morning. This image is also a representation of materials one can expect in the new year (hence the reflection in the mirror).

Though a feast is prepared for Tamil New Year back home which includes a bitter neem rasam and a sweet and sour mango chutney, I just kept it simple this year with some Sheera, instead of the usual payasam(kheer).

Sheera can also be made as a prasad(offering) for satya narayana pooja. This is a quick and simple dessert too, and can be served either hot or cold.

Ingredients:

Sooji/Rava/Semolina: 1 cup
Sugar : 1.5 cups
Ripe Banana-1
Milk- 2 cups
Ghee- 4 tbsp

Cashews/almonds/saffron- to garnish
Cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp

Method:

Heat ghee in a frying pan and fry the rava till it turns golden brown in color and you can smell the aroma of toasted rava.

In the mean time boil 2 cups of milk in a sauce pan. Finely chop the banana.

Once the milk is bubbling, simmer the flame and add the bananas. Lightly mash them and add the toasted rava(slowly). Take care while adding the rava to the hot milk as rava bubbles vigorously.

After adding rava, add in the sugar and stir well. The melting sugar will thin out the sheera. Stir on low flame for 2-3 minutes and switch off.

Grease the insides of a pan(any shape) with a tea spoon of ghee. Transfer the sheera to the pan and level it. Once it has cooled, you can slice it and serve it as kesari slices, instead of a gooey-pudding.

Roast cashews in ghee. Garnish the sheera with cashews, saffron and cardamom powder. If you are making it for satya narayana pooja, just use the five ingredients milk, ghee, sugar, banana and rava.

I am sending this Sheera to Priya’s Cooking with Cardamom seeds event.

Kiran tagged me in for a chain link, and I have to share about 10 women I admire the most. Actually going through Kiran’s list, I thought pretty much she has covered about women who young girls and others look up to. Your post was awesome Kiran!

Thanks for tagging me in for the link- Since I should keep it going too, I’d say I admire women who are like an all rounder in cricket field- especially the home makers and working women who juggle a lot of chores in a day and still manage to run the show! That includes women I haven’t met or heard about yet, but who go about doing these tasks as though it is nothing!

What do you say gals? Do you agree with me?

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14 Comments to “Sheera and Vishu Wishes”

  1. Madhu says:

    Happy Vishu to you…Sheer is very apt for the occasion.

  2. Happy new year dear to you and everyone else. Sheera recipes looks great with the variation of banana. Never done that before. I will surely try this variety.

  3. Forgot to mention, nice template change :)

  4. indosungod says:

    Puthaandu Vazhthukkal! I like your new look by the way.

  5. Happy tamil new year sowjanya,…sheera looks yum and love the change in your blog too…nice one…

  6. Priya says:

    Iniya puthaandu nal vazhthukkaal Sis…Sheera looks absolutely tempting and ur new template looks prefect..

  7. Padma says:

    Happy Tamil New Year and Vishu wishes to you Sowjanya… perfect sheer for the day. Send me some please.
    Loved your new template… very pleasant.
    Have some awards for you at http://padmasrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/04/awards-and-tag-from-friends.html. Please collect them :)

  8. simply.food says:

    Sooji sheera looks yummy and delicious.Happy new year to you.Wishing you happiness each and every day for the coming year.

  9. Cham says:

    I like the layout Sow! Puttandu Vazhtukkal! Sheera is cool way to celebrate!

  10. Srimathi says:

    Happy New Year! Sheera is good for new years. I will have it.

  11. Smitha says:

    Same to u Ruchika!!!…looks yummy!!
    Smitha

  12. notyet100 says:

    hppy new yr dear

  13. Swathi says:

    Sowjanya.

    Nice Sheera, Happy vishu to you and your family

  14. Sashi says:

    Thanks for the wishes dear and Vishu wishes to you too. Hope you had a great time.

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