The Satyanarayan Pooja is an inseparable part of Hindu Culture and arguably, one of the most popular forms of worship performed in India. Unlike other poojas, which are to be performed by only certain people at only certain times; the Satyanarayan Pooja can be performed by any person, of any age, irrespective of social status; which is I suppose the main reason why is it so popular. I am not a very religious person myself, but the thing I enjoy the most about the Satyanarayan pooja, is the Prasadacha sheera, which is offered to the Lord. This Prasad, or offering, made of semolina, banana, sugar, cardamom and a generous amount of ghee and milk is truly like a blessing from the Almighty for your taste-buds.
My grandmother turned eighty earlier this month and I wanted to make something special for her birthday. She is a vegetarian, which meant I couldn’t make a cake with eggs. My friend Neha had a shared a recipe for semolina and banana cake on a Facebook food group, and my grandmother loves the Prasadacha sheera. So I’ve modified it to suit my grandmother’s liking and used all the ingredients that go into the Satyanarayan Prasad, to make my prasadacha sheera muffins.
1 ½ cup semolina (rawa);
1 ¼ cup powdered sugar;
1 ¼ cup clarified butter (ghee/ sajuk tuup);
1 cup Milk (more if needed to adjust consistency);
3 bananas, peeled and mashed;
¼ cup raisins;
1 tsp powdered green cardamom (elaichi);
1 tsp baking powder;
A handful of chopped almonds,
Few holy basil leaves (tulsi) to garnish.