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5 from 2 votes

Sheera or Halwa

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Author: Vaishali ยท Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes


  • 1 cup rava or cream of wheat
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2 cups almond milk (I used the regular version but feel free to go with low-fat)
  • A few strands of saffron , soaked in 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 large , ripe banana, cut into a very small dice
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup cashew pieces
  • 3-4 tbsp golden raisins
  • 1 tsp oil


  • In a small skillet, heat the oil and toast the cashew pieces and raisins until the cashew turns golden and the raisins plump up. Set aside.
  • In a skillet, over medium heat, toast the rava until it turns just a couple of shades darker and tastes nutty
  • Remove to a dish and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, combine the almond milk, sugar, saffron and cardamom powder and bring to a gentle boil. Stir gently a couple of times to help the sugar dissolve.
  • Add the bananas
  • Add the reserved rava, stirring constantly to prevent any lumps from forming. It will take just a minute or two before the rava absorbs most of the milk and becomes quite thick.
  • Before taking the sheera off the heat, add the cashews and raisins and stir in.
  • Serve hot or at room temperature. It's delicious either way.