Friday, January 29, 2021

MAKKI KA SHEERA - HALWA / CORNMEAL SHEERA - HALWA


 Cornmeal sheera or halwa is a very popular one in North India. It is made specially in winters and is a lovely variation to usual ate ka halwa. The procedure is quite simple and you can easily make it in a jiffy. Serve it as an accompaniment with your meals or as a dessert. 
In this recipe I am using organic jaggery powder which is a healthy option. You may even add some dry fruits to it. I have only used them for garnishing. 
In our group, Shhhh Cooking Secretly the theme of this month was warm desserts and I thought this could be a nice and apt one for the theme and also relish in the lovely weather we have now.

Ingredients:
Cornmeal  ...... 1/2 cup
Organic jaggery ... 1/2 cup
Green cardamoms .... 3-4 (lightly crushed)
Saffron .............. few threads (optional)
Salt .................... 1 pinch
Almonds & Pistachios ...... few (sliced)
Ghee ............. 3-4 tbsps tbsp

Method:
1. In a pan melt the ghee and add crushed cardamoms.
2. When they give out a nice aroma add the corn meal.
3. Saute on medium flame until it changes the colour and leaves an aroma.
4. Add one and half cups water and stir quickly until it thickens.
5. Now add the salt, saffron and the organic jaggery powder. 
6. Continue to stir until it melts and you get the desired consistency.
7. Garnish with chopped nuts and serve hot.


Note:
If you are using the normal jaggery you have to melt in water and boil to remove the impurities. So add the water accordingly.
You can also  make it with sugar if you like.
You may use half oil and half ghee.

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About the group:
Shhhhh Cooking Secretly is a monthly challenge in a facebook group where we are paired with a different partner every month. Two secret ingredients are  chosen by each partner for the other one and we prepare any dish with those ingredients based on the selected theme of the month which was Warm Desserts suggested by Rafeeda who blogs at Big Sweet Tooth. The name says it all. She has an amazing collection of sweets and my favourite one is Vermicelli with Custard
 I am so happy to be paired with Mayuri as I am a great fan of her recipes and have tried out many. she comes up with innovative dishes like Vegetarian Moussaka which is next on my list. I really love her way of explaining everything in detail about each recipe she makes.
 I was given Ghee and Cardamoms for my dish and I made the Cornmeal Halwa / Sheera.
I have given her Cinnamon Powder and Walnuts. She made a delicious dessert, Baked Apples  stuffed with nuts and raisins

32 comments:

  1. A different and unique halwa for me Shobha. I've not tasted makki ka sheera. Its a simple and easy to follow recipe. I'd love to try making this sheera. Just wanted to know did you use white cornmeal flour or the yellow one?

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    1. Thanks Mayuri. So glad you liked it. I made with yellow cornmeal flour.

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  2. Never tasted cornmeal halwa. A completely new recipe for me. Loved your easy to make and simple recipe. Organic jaggery powder definitely made it guilt free. I would love to try it sometime.

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    1. Thanks Sujata. You must try it. Tasted so yummy

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  3. Very unique recipe for me! I've never tried cornmeal in a sweet dish before. Sounds yummy, with the organic jaggery going in.

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    1. Do give it a try. You will love it for sure

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  4. Cornmeal halwa is a new recipe to me but it sounds unique and the halwa looks super delicious ! Would love giving it a try soon as we love jaggery based desserts.

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    1. Same here. Even I love jaggery sweets. Do try it.

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  5. Wow this corn meal halwa is definitely unique and delicious. Love the idea of using Jaggery to make it.

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    1. Thanks Archana. I like jaggery better than sugar.

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  6. Jaggery , saffron, almonds and nuts what a fab combination of the best ingredients. The halwa looks drool worthy and simply delectable and perfect to enjoy in the cold weather.

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    1. Thanks Nayna. Yes these sweet treats are perfect in winters

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  7. Corn meal halwa sound very interesting and unique halwa recipe. Loved crunchy taste of almonds,aroma of saffron and sweetness from organic jaggery in halwa.

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    1. Thanks dear. Itis indeed a unique sheera recipe.

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  8. Your corn sheera looks so delicious. It's such an authentic and traditional dish. I love that you have made it using jaggery rather than sugar. And adding the nuts and saffron must make it taste just great.

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    1. Thanks Mina. These days I am using organicjaggery in most of my sweets and baking.

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  9. Wow,halwa with corn meal is so unique and interesting and I liked that you have used organic jaggery to make it healthy. I would like to give a try.

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  10. Makki ka sheera Looks so Incredible and delish. This is a new dish for me. Can't wait to try your recipe. You have explained it so well.I will try a small batch Soon. Lovely colour.

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  11. it is these unique recipes that make our blogs shine. So glad to see such a wonderful recipe with corn meal.

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  12. What a wonderful recipe here with cornmeal and jaggery. Halwa is always the cofort on friday eevening after a long week at work. Now it is new recipe for me to try.

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    1. Thanks dear and yes halwa can also be made in a jiffy. Hardly takes time.

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  13. I love halwas and this one is very unique and never heard about. Replacing sugar with jaggery is a healthy choice you made. I would love to try it.

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    1. Thanks Anu . I have started using organic jaggery in most of the sweets these days

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  14. cornmeal sheera sounds so interesting and looks so delicious. Jaggery has lend nice color to the halwa and makes it more healthy

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    1. True Narmadha. Jaggery sweets are totally Desi and flavourful

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  15. Cornmeal halwa seems a completely new recipe di !!
    Love this easy to make yet delicious halwa recipe. I would love to try it sometime.

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    1. Do try it Sasmita. You will love it for sure

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  16. Makkai Ka halwa sounds so delicious and filling, never tried it.. it's winter time here and perfect timing to try out the recipe. Thanks for the share.

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