Godacha Sheera

Godacha Sheera (shira) is a very renowned sugary dish of Maharashtra. During happy occasions, functions, festivals or religious observance, it is usually prepared as a ‘Prasad’ (holy – food offering) in Maharashtra households. Particularly, ‘Satyanarayan Puja’, always carry godacha- sheera as Prasad.

This sweet dish is made from Semolina (Rawa). In other parts of our country, it is known by the names like ‘suji ka halwa’, upma, etc.

Preparation Time: 7 mins

Cooking Time: 20 mins

Serves: 3


  • 1 cup of Rawa (thin semolina) – 1 cup
  • ¾  cup of desi Ghee ( or clarified butter)
  • 1 cup of Sugar
  • 1 cup of Milk
  • 5 to 6 strands Saffron
  • 1 tsp of green cardamom (Elaichi)
  • 2 tbsp of cashew nuts and raisin
  • 1 medium sized banana , sliced into small pieces

Method of Preparation

  • Heat the ghee in a pan. Add semolina to it.
  • Roast it on a low-to-medium flame until it turns golden. Meanwhile, bring the milk with added saffron to boil in another pan.
  • Then add raisins, cashew nuts and sliced banana to the roasted semolina. Cook the mixture for about 4-to-5 min.
  • Now add sugar and stir for another 2 min.
  • Pour the saffron – milk (prepared in another pan) and elaichi (green cardamom) to the semolina mixture. Stir it for 2-3 min. Cover the pan and cook the mixture on a low flame for next 3 min, so that mixture gets thickens.
  • Serve hot


  • Saffron, cashewnuts , raisins and green cardamom add taste and rich flavor to sheera. In case, they are not available, then don’t bother.
  • Instead of sugar, jaggery (3/4 of cup) can be used. In this case, sheera wears natural- brown color.