Banana sheera/sajjige is something very similar to our South Indian version of Kesari .The popular dessert , usually prepared during poojas has a religious touch to it, prepared during Satyanarayan pooja or other functions. This is a typical mildly sweet dessert usually had even for breakfast in North Karnataka.
The sheera prepared with pineapple chunks is again another tasty yum dessert. Here am sharing a simple but tasty recipe for banana sheera using mashed ripe bananas.
1 cup roasted barnyard millets/samo/moraiyo/varai if fasting or semolina( sooji )
1/4 cup melted ghee
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups water
1 cup mashed banana puree or banana mashed into chunks.
Pinch of cardamom powder
Raisins and cashewnuts for garnish
1. Roast the millets powdered / semolina in little ghee till aromatic but not browned.
2. In a deep non stick pan preferably, add the ghee, add the raisins, cashew nuts and fry till golden and raisins have swollen , add the milk and water, sugar and let boil, add the pinch of cardamom powder. Let the mixture boil. Add the mashed banana puree.
3. Add the roasted millets / semolina slowly with one hand, keeping the flame at the lowest, and stir with another hand, when you have finished adding the complete millets or semolina , close the pan with a lid and reduce the flame to low. Keep for 3 minutes and switch off.
Do not open the pan for at least 15 minutes as you want the heat to be locked in , and cook the semolina inside.
After 15 minutes, open the lid and stir once again , and you will see the sheera has been done to perfection and no lumps formed absolutely.