Oct 1, 2007

Kelyacha Sheera

Certain occasions and festivals remind us of certain dishes and tastes. Ganpati festival reminds us of modaks, Diwali of ladoo and chivda, Christmas of cakes and puddings, and Sankranti of sesame ladoos. Similarly, Satyanarayan pooja reminds me of semolina sheera loaded with ghee and nuts. Maharashtrians perform Satyanarayan pooja to mark the beginning of something auspicious. When something good is about happen, this pooja is performed to pray to God that it takes place without any calamity. Similarly, when a good event has taken place, this pooja is performed to thank God.

Kelyacha sheera is made as a 'prasad' for Satyanarayan pooja. Loaded with ghee and raisins, the sheera tastes delicious and is served in small paper cups. Each of the main ingredients is used in multiples of 1.5 for making this sheera. This number is considered auspicious and so everything is in multiples of 1.5.

We used to ask for this prasad again and again, forgetting that it is a prasad, expected to devor in small quantity. You can go easy on the ghee if you are calorie conscious. You can skip the banana and make simple semolina sheera. If you are making this for Satyanarayan pooja, take 1.5 cups each of rava, sugar, and ghee.

Kelyacha Sheera/Banana Sheera

  1. 1 cup ghee
  2. 1 cup rava/semolina
  3. 1 yellow banana
  4. 1 cup sugar
  5. 3 cups milk
  6. 1 tbsp raisins
  7. 1 tbsp cashew pieces
  8. 1 tsp cardamom powder
  1. Peel and cut the banana into slices. Boil the milk in a pan.
  2. Heat the ghee in another pan over medium flame.
  3. Add the banana slices and fry till they turn light brown. Add raisins and cashew pieces. Fry for a minute or two.
  4. Next add the rava and fry till it turns light brown.
  5. Add the boiled milk and mix well. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add the sugar, mix together, and cook for 5-7 minutes.
  7. Let the sheera cool down. Once it is cooled, add cardamom powder and mix.
This is my entry for JFI: Banana hosted by Mandira of Ahar. Thanks Mandira for hosting this lovely event.


musical said...

Ekdum delicious, Swaps! Feel like polishing off the whole platter!

Sia said...

just yest i saw same recipe in another blog, dont remember which one now:)
even now i shamelessly ask for extra prasad;)

Asha said...

Banana and Pineapple Kesai Bhath are always yummy.Looks good Swapna!:))

Ashwini said...

This sheera is so tasty isn't it? Prasad sheera always tastes better in my opinion ;-)

Jyothsna said...

Ah, so that is the secret of extra soft, yummy prasad!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Tee said...

prasadacha sheera...mmmm! prasadacha sheera nehmich changala hoto ervi peksha, nahi ka ?:) Love banana in sheera!!! great entry, Swapna.

Manasi said...

YEP! satyanarayn pooja and sheere-prasad! tya veli kelela prasad veglach lagto!! Love it!

bee said...

that crash you heard was me, after i read '1 cup ghee'. :D

Mansi Desai said...

the sheera looks great shilpa:) I'm sure banana adds a nice flavor to it!

mb said...

wow, I could eat it right now :) thank you for your entry! -- Mandira

Redchillies said...

Yummy! I love sheera too and would ask for more too or maybe sneak in and gobble some silenly.

Swapna said...

Thanks girls, for all your lovely comments.

Bee: My hubby was after me for a long time to make this sheera. But even he got scared after seing the amount of ghee that goes into it:),,Btw, I like the rhyming words in ur comment:)

SMN said...

Hey innovative.. i add pinaple to it..adding bananais new to me.. will try it thnx for posting it..

Kumudha said...

This is very popular satyanarayana pooja prasadam in Karnataka also!


Wow i will try this for sure!!

Sharmi said...

that sound awesome. have to try it. till now did it only with pineapple.

Ashu said...

Thanks for the recipe :-) made it today! Very very tasty :)

Bhagyashree said...

hey.. just found ur blog.. and was browsing thru the recipes.. they r all gr8 ! :)
prasadacha shira nehemich mast lagto! ecipe pan chan ahe, fakt ek correction.. 1.5 is 'did' ani savva mhanje 1.25.. :)

Vrushali Kulkarni said...

Thanks Swapna, I was really scared to make sheera after my earlier disaster. This turned out really really good!

Anonymous said...


Why is it necessary to fry the banana's as well..? I had not known this until today..!!?!

Great if I can know it from ya..


C Pai