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Now is a good time to have sheera; a nutritionist explains why

Ensure you have sheera this season to build immunity; here's why

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | November 5, 2020 10:00:30 am
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As we indulge in a lot of foods during the festivities, we somehow tend to forget about the need to keep our immunity levels and health in check. But what if we told you that many foods that are often prepared during festivities have immunity-building properties? In fact, nutritionists like Rujuta Diwekar recommend the inclusion of sheera, which is popularly served as a prasad, in our diet.

Take a look at her latest Instagram post below to know more.

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Halwa/ sheera and why you must eat it now – One dish that every household made to nurse their sick back to strength was gaud sheera or sooji halwa. Roasted in an iron Kadhai, cooked in ghee & milk, spiced with sugar, kesar & dry fruits. It stroked their appetite, lifted their spirits and led to a speedy recovery. This is also why the sheera was also celebrated as the mandatory Prasad at every Puja. These pujas were traditionally planned around seasonal changes and everyone getting a dose of this Prasad worked like an immunity boosting shot of sorts. Then the food industry displaced our common sense approach of eating according to the season with the fear of sugar. Sugar is poison, it told us. And even as sugar consumption through colas, cookies, chocolates rose, the cooking & celebration of seasons and festivals with sheera, laddoo & barfi dropped. Eating ultra-processed food is poison whether it has sugar or it’s substitute. Eating home cooked & in sync with season is healthy for the planet & it’s people. Scientists warn of many more pandemics in the future. The human behaviour that leads to climate change & biodiversity loss is exactly what will bring pandemics too, they say. Truth be told, mindless consumption is poison, not sugar. PS – The recently concluded Navratri festival ended with the celebratory meal of chana pooori & halwa. PPS – what’s the celebratory meal of your region?

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As per Diwekar, sheera made of semolina or sooji, has numerous health benefits and can also help one build strength.

“One dish that every household made to nurse their sick back to strength was gaud sheera or sooji halwa,” she stated in an Instagram post adding, “roasted in an iron kadhai, cooked in ghee and milk, spiced with sugar, saffron and dry fruits, sheera helped stroked appetite, lifted their spirits and led to a speedy recovery”.

“This is also why the sheera was also celebrated as the mandatory prasad at every puja. These pujas were traditionally planned around seasonal changes and everyone getting a dose of this Prasad worked like an immunity-boosting shot of sorts,” she added.

“Eating ultra-processed food is poison whether it has sugar or it’s substitute. Eating home cooked and in sync with season is healthy for the planet and its people. Scientists warn of many more pandemics in the future. The human behaviour that leads to climate change and biodiversity loss is exactly what will bring pandemics too, they say,” she said.

Here’s why the humble sheera is good for you.

*It is said to be iron-rich.
*It supports digestive health.
*Semolina or sooji is a rich source of healthy carbohydrates that boost energy.
*Semolina is also said to boost bone health as it contains calcium.

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Sooji sheera by chef Sanjeev Kapoor

Ingredients

1 cup – Semolina
½ cup – Ghee
2½ cups – Milk
5-6 strands – Saffron
½ tsp – Green cardamom powder
1½ cup – Sugar
2 tbsp – Almonds, chopped + for garnishing
2 tbsp – Cashew nuts, chopped + for garnishing

Method

*Heat ghee in a non-stick pan. Add semolina and roast on low heat till fragrant.
*Heat milk in another non-stick pan.
*Add milk, saffron and cardamom powder to semolina, mix, cover and cook on low heat for five minutes.
*Add sugar, mix, cover and cook till it melts. Switch off heat, add almonds and cashew nuts and mix well.
*Serve hot garnished with cashew nuts and almonds.

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