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Rava Kesari or Shira for Vasant Panchmi

Shira or Sheera is a dessert, a snack that can be made to fill the kid tummy or for those unexpected guests for dinner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Festival Cooking, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Author: ArchanaPotdar


  • 1/2 Cup Rava/Sooji/Semolina
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • 1 ½ Cups Water boiling
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons Ghee
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cardamom powder
  • 7-8 Cashew Nuts Fried
  • A pinch Yellow Colour


  • In a kadhai/wok add the rava and 2 tablespoon ghee.
  • Stir-fry on low flame stirring constantly till you get a nice aroma comes and the rava changes colour to light golden brown.
  • Add the boiling water to the pan and stir. Take care there are no lumps formed keep in low flame.
  • Cook covered for 3-4 minutes or until the rava is cooked.(Generally by the time the lumps go th erava is cooked so this is a step I generally do not follow).
  • Add the sugar and yellow colour, keep the flame low, and stir well. There may be lumps stir well to mash them.
  • Cook till the till the Shira comes together for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add ghee fried cashews, elachi and mix well.
  • You can either grease a plate with ghee and spread the Shira in it cut in diamonds after cooling. Or like me serve it as a scoop.


  • The rava kesari texture and cooking will depend on the roasted rava. Roast it well.
  • You can use milk in place of water. Actually, 1/2 water and 1/2 milk give it an amazing flavour.
  • Use homemade ghee for the amazing aroma, flavour and of course its is a healthy option recommended by most dieticians