Sooji Halwa/Sheera/Semolina Crumble with Cashews and Cranberries. Vegan Diwali recipe

 
 

Back from a short break.. Mofo month was so super busy that for the past 3 days I did not want to make anything new, take pictures or look at the blog:) So we spent most of the days watching sappy romantic hindi Movies and a bit of house hunting. One reason for the movie marathon being, Yash Chopra, one of the long time director and producer of some of the iconic films, passed way last week. I had to watch some of those melodramatic love stories, song and dance sequences that so many of us remember, the songs lyrics, scene lines by heart. If you’d like to watch some hindi movies, there are a few Yash chopra movies on Netflix and free to watch on youtube too.

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Sooji Halwa | Vegan Richa

Before I can plunge into Thanksgiving recipes, there is Diwali on November 13! Lots of sweets and savories to be made, friends to be visited, and Diyas(oil filled lamps) to be lit. So here is the simple Sheera(Suji Halwa), that can be made with any coarsely ground/broken grain like coarse wheat flour, rice flour, cream of rice, Quinoa, millet, hot cereal.

Sheera(can be a Crumbly or fudgy dessert) is usually made with semolina roasted in Ghee(clarified butter), spiced with cardamom or saffron and loaded with nuts and raisins. This version is roasted in earth balance, with cashews and dried cranberries and spiced with cardamom. The cranberries are an amazing addition to this halwa, making it just slightly different from the usual, and deliciously intriguing.
With them cranberries, this crumble can be used as a dessert topping for any thanksgiving or holiday dessert too.

More Indian Sweets recipes here :)



Sure, I am still confused about what we follow now, what is actually written in the religious texts and the actions of gods or their re-incarnations in how the beliefs turned out. The gist of the festival however, is celebrating the victory of Good over Evil. Which needs to be celebrated, the message talked about, interpreted. Hopefully my interpretations with the delicious compassionate sweets options will work as Temptivism.:)

It is the same struggle at every event. Be it a baby shower, full of dairy intense foods, taking food away from one baby to celebrate another. Be it a religious event celebrating a message, where the message itself gets lost. Being the hyper sensitive person that I am, it is a struggle to not judge and be kind to the friends around, to patiently wait and hope that some things will click some day.. hopefully, they will.. hopefully the goodness of compassion will win over the easy unkind ways, hopefully..
Till then, in this house, we celebrate with veganized Indian desserts and savories.



Steps:

In a pan, add the earth balance or oil and heat on low-medium heat.
Add in the semolina or cream of rice or any other grain(coarsely ground grain). Mix well with the oil.



Roast for 8-9 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and there is slight change in color.



Add in the cashews and cranberries and roast for another minute.



Add in the sugar( and salt if you dint use earth balance) and cardamom powder and/or crushed saffron strands(or use both).



Give it a quick mix.
Add in hot water and mix to combine.



Cover the pan and cook for 2 minutes on low heat.



Uncover, mix again, take off heat, cover and let sit for another 2 minutes before serving.
Top with chopped roasted or raw cashews, pistachios.

As you can tell, I took several pictures again. It was easier with the Pizzas, just 2 boards, limited composition, fewer pictures with every post:)
Prettyyyy.. and yummylicious.



Sooji Halwa/Sheera- Semolina crumble with Cashews and dried Cranberries
Allergy Information: Dairy, egg, corn, soy, yeast free. Can be made nutfree and glutenfree
Makes 1 medium bowl full, serves 2.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Semolina(cream of wheat)- use cream of rice/brown rice flour/coarse grain flour for Glutenfree version
1 – 1.5 Tablespoons Earth balance butter, or coconut oil or organic canola oil
1/3 cup warm-hot water
3 Tablespoons ground raw sugar(4 if you like it sweeter)
1/8 teaspoon cardamom powder or saffron strands
pinch of salt(if using oil)
1/4 cup cashew pieces
1/4 cup dried cranberries( or use golden raisins)

Variations: Use different nuts, dried fruits, raisins. Use 1/2 cup non dairy milk instead of water, for a smooth lumpy halwa. Use sunflower or melon seeds instead of nuts.

Method:
In a pan, add the earth balance or oil and heat on low-medium heat.
Add in the semolina or cream of rice or any other grain(coarsely ground grain). Mix well with the oil.
Roast for 8-9 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and there is slight change in color.
Add in the cashews and cranberries and roast for another minute.
(You can also roast the cashews and cranberries in oil separately for a minute and add them.)
Add in the sugar(and salt if you dint use earth balance) and cardamom powder and/or crushed saffron strands(or use both).
Give it a quick mix.
Add in hot water and mix to combine.
Cover the pan and cook for 2 minutes on low heat.
(If you like your halwa more lumpy, then add another 1/4 cup water. Water quantity depends on the grain used too)
Uncover, mix again, take off heat, cover and let sit for another 2 minutes before serving.
Top with chopped roasted or raw cashews, pistachios.



This Sheera is being shared at Slightly Indulgent tuesdays, Cranberry Love bloghop

Vegan Richa: Sooji Halwa - Sheera Diwali recipe

Everytime we consume Ghee, Paneer filled Indian sweets, Please think about where it comes from. Ghee and paneer both take 20+ pounds of Milk to produce just 1 pound. 
Dairy consumption is linked to increased risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease.
8 million surplus calves are slaughtered each year in India. Thats 1 in every 11 seconds. That is surplus calves, the calves left after being absorbed by the dairy and meat industry. 

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Comments

  1. says

    Haha, I was the SAME way after MoFo last year – it’s exhausting! Love this recipe, lady! I’m all over anything crunchy and sugary ;)

    PS – eww, milk.

  2. says

    I am so glad you chilled after a kickass MoFo. You bought it, Richa. This looks like delicious comfort food to the max. I hope that good trumps evil in tomorrow’s election.

  3. says

    I love how you saute the cream of wheat. I can imagine it makes the flavors in this dish even better! It really sounds delicious:-) Hugs, Terra

  4. says

    yeah…i totally need a break after mofo. but you are always filled to the brim with amazing recipes, and this one is no exception. i love the crumbly, crunchy, sweet combo. it looks delicious!

  5. says

    This looks so good! I remember eating something similar to this when I was in college. The Hari Krishna house would give out $2 lunches on the lawn once a week, and this was one of my favorite things that they served – definitely bookmarking!

  6. says

    i also make sheera like this nowadays without milk and ghee. the poster on milk consumption was very illustrated. same feelings here when i see milk flowing like anything during the major indian festivals… but as you said, hoping that compassion wins one day :-)

  7. says

    Thank you for that graphic on dairy, I think people really don’t understand how harmful it is to their bodies and the animals we take it from. This sweet Indian dessert looks incredible Richa, I love learning from you! xx

  8. says

    After the Vegan Mofo posting extravaganza, I’m amazed that you recovered after such a short blog break, and with another delicious recipe to boot! I’m also excited that it calls for semolina flour, because I’ve had a container of it on hand for longer than I’d like to admit, and can never think of any good uses for it.

  9. Roopkiran says

    Hi Richa! My family and I are vegan for the past 2 years. Going vegan and ditching the meat and dairy has brought so much of happiness into our lives, and seems like we have finally done the right thing. I am a PETA member and share the same views like you. If only people could stop and think where does all the milk come from. We have to take the initiative and educate and spread the word around. Great recipes and thanks so much for the vegan sheera and GJ recipes. Am going to try them. Take care and keep up the great job :)

    • says

      Thank you so much for dropping by. i love hearing from like minded people!:) i serves some jamuns, aple jalebi and rabri yesterday in diwali party and no one knew it was vegan!

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