Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Truvia Sweetened Indian sweet Sheera / Halva / Kesari.

Few days back I had one guest coming over for dinner who had sugar restrictions in diet.I don't wanted to skip dessert so made Sheera/Kesari with Truvia .This is zero calorie natural sweetener recently emerged in market.I tried to enhance this recipe by adding wheat flour, flax seed meal and good amount of nuts ,raisins .Sheera tasted delicious without sugar. Once in a while this can be enjoyed as good diabetic friendly sweets recipe.

Ingredients :-
  • 1/2 cup Rava
  • 1/2 cup Wheat flour
  • 2 Tb.spoon Golden flax seed meal.
  • 20 packets of Truvia
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter.
  • 20 Almonds - roughly chopped.
  • 7-8 cashews - roughly chopped.
  • 2 Tb.spoon - golden raisins.
  • 1 Tb.spoon grated jaggery. (optional)
  • 2 1/2 cup hot water.
  • 8-10 cardamom - finely powdered
Method Of Making Sheera :-
  1. Heat heavy bottom pot (Anodized works best) and melt half butter stick. Add Rava and wheat flour - mix well with butter. Maintain medium heat and keep stirring with wooden spoon for about 3-4 minutes.Add golden flax seed meal and cardamom powder - Mix well. On medium low heat roast rava and flour until it leaves nice aroma - about 8 minutes. Keep stirring at regular interval.Make sure heat is low and rava is not burnt.
  2. Now add golden raisins, crushed cashews and almonds. Mix well and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes on medium low heat.Add 20 packets of Truvia and Mix well. Set medium heat.Keep stirring with wooden spoon..after 2-3 minutes Truvia will create little moisture in flour , reduce heat to low.
  3. Now slowly add hot water in the pot.Be extra careful because as you pour hot water in the pot, it will sizzle,bubble and splash . After adding two and half cup of hot water, mix all well. Now flour consistency will turn like thick batter. Reduce heat to low. Keep stirring for 2-3 minutes.Cover with lid and let it cook for 2-3 minutes on very low heat.
  4. Add 1 tb.spoon crushed jaggery and mix well . Cover with lid and allow it to cook for another 7-8 minutes...make sure heat is set to lowest temperature. Do stir at regular interval. Shut off the heat and keep it covered for another 7-8 minutes. Serve warm in bowl.
Note :-
  • I used only half stick butter to comply with dietary restriction. In absence of dietary restriction.. increase it to 1 full butter stick and add little melted ghee at end stage for nice glaze and flavor.
  • It is very hard to avoid after taste sensations of such sweeteners but adding little grated jaggery helped to take away that un-natural sugar taste.

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