Shiro is an Indian dessert basically made of semolina roasted in ghee. It is also known as ‘halwa’. It bears moist and melt-in-mouth texture with heavenly delicious taste that one cannot forget for a lifetime.
Shiro has a direct connection with religion in Hinduism. It is usually made on auspicious occasions to welcome and celebrate a good luck. It offered to God during the worship and then it is distributed to the visitors as 'prasad'.It can be made of different types of flours by following the same method. Today I have brought to you the traditional recipe of Shiro with a delicious chocolaty twist, the taste of which you will charish for lifetime.
- standard measuring cups and spoons
- ½ cup semolina (fine variety)
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup ghee (clarified butter)
- 1½ cup warm milk
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder or any drinking chocolate powder
- 4 tbsp chopped walnuts or hazel nuts
- 2 tbsp chocolate chips or pieces of your favourite milk chocolate
- Take out 1/4 part of the milk in a bowl, add cocoa or drinking chocolate powder and dessolve it well.
- Heat ghee in a thick bottom pan. Add semolina and roast on very low flame, while stirring continuously,
- Roast till semolina sits at the bottom of the pan and ghee floats on the top. Semolina will also look a bit dark in colour. This process will take over 5 minutes.
- When the semolina is roasted well, add the plain milk in it.
- And then add the chocolate milk.
- Stir really well until most of the milk is soaked up. Add sugar.
- Stir again and cook until the ghee starts to ooz. If you took much ghee, it will separate visibly from shiro. But if it is a bit on the lesser side, you will see the pan as well as the shiro looks a bit shiny, oily and neat.
- Add walnuts and combine well.
- Take it out in a serving plate and sprinkle some chocolate chips/pieces over it. Serve hot or at room temperature.
- Use the best quality chocolate and the best quality drinking chocolate/cocoa as the entire flavour of shiro depends on these two. I used Nestle Cocoa powder as seen in the main picture of the recipe. I added a bit of chocolate chips and some pieces of very good quality coin chocolates.
- For a change of taste, I prefer to use the chocolate powder that is different from the one I drink in milk daily.