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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Apple Sheera



Apple Sheera decorated with apple flowers and accompanied with Gol Kachori for a savory bite.


My family is a special Sheera lover family, you have heard that before on this blog haven't you? We don't like the ordinary Sheera but we are nuts about Sheera with fruits, dry fruits different spicings and presentations.


Its always a challenge to make Sheera appealing all the time. Last Saturday I made Apple Sheera and decorated it to please.


The Ketchup kid behaved indiscreetly on Friday evening while we were at a friend's and that called for a scolding. It was going to be followed by a sulking for a few days I knew. Hence I went all out on a cooking frenzy over the weekend as that is what cheers him. It also helped that we had visitors all day on Sunday to change the mood that I expected to follow the Friday nights events.

So here is a recipe to mend hearts.


Ingredients
1 cup semolina
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup apple cubes with skin
2 cup hot milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2.5 + 0.5 tablespoon ghee
1/4 cup chopped mix nuts and raisins


Before you cube the apple refer the steps to decorate given below.


In a wok heat 2 tablespoons of the ghee and roast the semolina till grains looks well coated with the ghee and separated. Now in goes the sugar, mix well and pour in the hot milk. Keep stirring. Cover with a lid and cook for 5 mins. Stir in the apple cubes and let the semolina absorb the juices and flavors. Cover again and cook till the semolina looks fluffy. Add the nuts, raisins, cinnamon powder and mix well. When done let in the 1/2 tablespoon ghee and allow it to melt in by spreading evenly on the top. Mix well.


To decorate:
Spread the sheera evenly in a plate. Cut out with a heart shaped cookie cutter. Place the heart shaped Sheera in a serving plate.

Now take a whole apple press into it a flower shaped cookie cutter all the way till the center. Cut up the apple daigonally to get a flower shaped cylinder. Hold the flower shaped cylinder between your thumb and first finger and cut horizontally to get about 1/2 inch thick flowers. The flower with the apple skin is put on the Sheera heart while white flowers are to used on the sides.


I served the Apple Sheera with Gol Kachori as an accompaniment.


The Gol Kachori is from Haldiram. The pack is attractive, with a plastic tray that holds about 10 pieces with a foil seal that keeps the freshness. Yet again Haldiram has succeeded to deliver the familiar and authentic tastes to people in unfamiliar lands through packaging and distribution. Cheers to them!





Also see the box of Kaju Katli that Anand and Asawari had brought from Nagpur when they last visited.

Other Sheera varieties:

Mango Sheera

Pineapple sheera

Banana Sheera

14 comments:

vinaya said...

Brilliant Anjali ! loved everything about your post !

sowmya said...

thats so lovely...and the apple flower decoration is simply superb..

Nandita said...

Very interesting twist to plain sheera and I love fruity desserts! Your idea of decorating it like a cake rocks - those flowers can surely win hearts :)

Trupti said...

sheera looks yummy.. I love the decoration. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

bee said...

mmmm. i love pineapple sheera. this is along the same lines.

Pooja said...

Lovely idea of apple shira. I should try it . I have all ingredients at home, right now. hubby dont like to consume apple directly , and i have to searchsome way for it. this is goign to be helpful to me ;)

just a note, it seems like 21 by 2 where actually you intend to write 2.5 tsp ghee. May be it will mislead some novice.

Alpa said...

i've never had apple sheera... this looks really good and awesome presantation!

Suganya said...

We eat with our eyes first. These are pretty.

theysaywordscanbleed said...

i love the flower accents.

Nimmy said...

i am gonna try this...angeli...hahaha....and you gonna repent for life for having shared it with a nincomcook (isnt it nincompoop, you ask) like me...hahhaha...no...lemme see how bad i can get at cooking...

Anjali said...

Hey Nimmy!!! I'm so happy to see you here!!! Humm...creative people are the same in everything they do....you have to try and you will never look back:)...nincomcook or it nincompoop youre at your nonsensical best LOL...ROFL....Calvin style. We're missing you... all of us....Manasa updated us about the color in life ....hehehee...I just can't stop smilling.

Anjali said...

Vinaya, Sowmya, Nandita, trupti, alpa , thanks :).

bee very much just a change in fruit.

Pooja corrected it.

Suganya that what I do on your blog :).

theysaywordscanbleed ....mysterious person....loved the flowers....and your poems are dark...cheer up...

Nimmy said...

:-) i miss you folks too....goes without saying...take care, fellow leo...roaaarrrrr....i'll call you sometime next week! :)

Christine said...

Last night, I just made sheera for the first time. And I remarked how Apple would be delicious in it. And here you are making this beautiful dish. Wonderful!

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