Shira, saffron semolina pudding

Shira, saffron semolina pudding
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Ready in 15 minutes

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


  • 1½ tsp ghee or vegetable oil
  • 16 raisins
  • 12 cashew nuts, roughly chopped
  • 5 tbsp semolina
  • 75g unrefined caster sugar
  • 300ml full-fat milk
  • Pinch of saffron strands
  • Toasted flaked almonds, to garnish


  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. Serve hot, decorated with toasted flaked almonds.


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