Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Apple Sheera

Sometimes I have this urge to try out some recipe I have read or watched on a telecast, soon after I've read/seen the dish. I have tried few from fellow bloggers, Tarla Dalal shows and magazines. Though not all my attempts have had the same degree of success or have been well received, I am happy to have tried.
The other day, I watched this show on Sony TV. I missed a good part of the show as I am not following that regularly. It was just 'have some noise while ironing' mood, that I turned the TV on.
So I am not sure who this guest was, however, the recipe got me hooked on.
She created a sweet dish with less sugar (that too fruit extract) and lesser than usual fat.
I tried that entirely on microwave. I needed more sweet than they mentioned, and having done with microwave the fat was more than sufficient. So here is my version.
You may love to try this, especially if your apples are not being given a second look and you are feeling guilty of allowing them to rot.
You may need:
2 apples /400 grams
1/2 cup semolina
1/4 cup sugar ( I used light brown sugar as I don't get fruit sugar and such)
1/2 cup of water
1 table spoon ghee
few drops of ghee to roast the semolina.
Few cashew nuts and raisins for garnish
A pinch of ground cinnamon or cardamom optional

How to proceed:
Peel the apples, chop and run them in the blender enough to coarsely mash.
Cook this puree on micro power high for 3 minutes without lid. Add the sugar and cook on high for a further 2 minutes. Allow to stand 2 minutes. Remove the bowl and keep aside.
Add the few drops of ghee to the semolina and mix to a crumble. Take this in a flat micro proof dish. Micro wave on high for 2 minutes, open the door, give a toss and again allow to roast on medium high 60% power for 30 seconds without browning.
Allow this to cool and mix with the cooked apple. Add the water and ghee. Stir well. Return to the microwave to cook without lid on high power for 3 minutes.
Stir and cook on 60% power for 2 minutes.
The sheera is ready, after you allow it to stand a further minute in the microwave.
When you take it out, the ghee would shine on the surface and while stirring, the sheera will not stick to the sides of the bowl.
Add the condiments if you prefer and garnish with cashew nuts, dry roasted in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. They will still look under done but would have roasted really well without fat.

I make kesari for most of the festivals, just like payasam is a part and parcel of festival food. This is a regular sweet I offer on my Satyanarayan pooja or any such occasion.
So I am sending this to Cham's lovely space to celebrate her blog birthday as she is hosting Srivalli's MEC Event this December with MEC Festival specials.


  1. Looks so yummy..lovely presentation

  2. Thanks for sharing...
    A lovely way to use up all the apples too

  3. Excellent way to use apples...lovely dish!

  4. wow................never tried using apple.....yummmmy yumm...recipe dear.

  5. New recipe for me.Sounds great and looks delicious..

  6. excellent usage of leftover apples and nice combo with semolina.

  7. Super-a iruku lataji, Cashews! ellam Vaa Vaa-nu kupidarathu!!!

  8. New to me...Sounds very interesting...Liked all the and semolina..Will try it sometimes :-)

  9. I've made pineapple kesari before and it went over very well at home.. must give this a try... sounds very good.

  10. Adding apple puree to prepare Indian sweet is totally new and unique. Thank you for sending this lovely sweet to the event!

  11. Excellent use of apples. It gives a very unique flavor and fragrance!

  12. Wow, Your Apple Sheera Looks delicious and healthy. Have never attempted Apple Sheera. Excellent way to use left over apples.Beautiful Clicks.

  13. this one looks delicious..i have fruit kesari in my blog..have used apples in that..

  14. Yummy apple delight lata..! You can very well send this to my FIL-Fruits event!

  15. New and wonderful recipe. Delicious and healthy one too. Clicks are good.


  16. Nice idea,never tried,sure sounds so yumm!

  17. MMMMMMMMMMMm looks so so yummy .. sheera with pineapple I have tried sure will give a try with apple too. Looks yumm

  18. Looks pretty. Havent tried this dish ..

  19. Apple sheera is new to me. Looks delicious.

  20. Simple and yummy recipe with a different try

  21. Apple sheera sounds fantastic, I have a couple of apples I am going to use making this :-)

  22. That is one unique way to use apples... I had one apple sitting on my dining table for a week which I finally finished yesterday... will give this a whirl next time around though :-)

  23. i just lllove desserts with apples..this looks wonderful... Happy New Year!


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