Shira, saffron semolina pudding recipe

By Meena Pathak and Sunil Menon

  1. Serves 4
  2. Ready in 15 minutes
  3. Rating

This Indian recipe for Shira, or saffron semolina pudding, is so quick and easy to make.

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Shira, saffron semolina pudding


  1. 11/2 tsp ghee or vegetable oil
  2. 16 raisins
  3. 12 cashew nuts, roughly chopped
  4. 5 tbsp semolina
  5. 75g unrefined caster sugar
  6. 300ml full-fat milk
  7. Pinch of saffron strands
  8. Toasted flaked almonds, to garnish


  1. 1. Heat the ghee or oil in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add the raisins and nuts and cook for 2 minutes. Add the semolina, turn down the heat, then cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Stir in the sugar and mix well. Add the milk and saffron and cook over a low to medium heat, whisking well, for 4-6 minutes, until the semolina is soft and thickened.
  2. 2. Serve hot, decorated with toasted flaked almonds.


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