Shingade chya Pith cha Shira

Shingade Cha shira

Shingade Cha shira

We not a religious!!  In fact I do not fast or go to the temple or even follow the religious calendar of different festivals. Many a times I forget that for a particular festival I have to make a something. So last minute I try to make something just to keep the girls informed that this is done thing.

Similarly on Mahashivratri the only thing I knew was Bai is not coming. I have to make the chapattis (something I hate) and I happened to ring my SIL Smita. Smita had the entire day planned what she would be cooking etc. She happened to mention Shingade chya Pith cha Shira! Shingade is Water Chestnuts!

Well a foodie does need a new name in food does she not?


Even as she was telling me I knew that this will be my entry for the Blogging Marathon, what better than the month long Marathon, in the “traditional theme”. So one of the dishes that I was planning got promptly dropped and Shingade chya Pith cha Shira was installed in place.

Well before we start let’s go through the usual noises (for no one is going to bother about it but statutory warning have to be in place) about this being a rich shira, the amount of ghee and milk is mind-boggling. The shira is a milk guzzler!  Add milk to the Shingade chya Pith cha Shira and it’s like adding water to sand all gone…!  But it’s delicious! Try it!



  • 200 grms shigade che pith
  • ¾ cup + 1 tblspn ghee
  • 700 ml full cream milk + ½ cup
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Cashew nuts a handful
  • 8 cardamon, powdered


  • Melt the ghee in a heavy bottomed kadhai/wok, fry the cashew nuts till they are brownish. Drain and set aside.
  •  Add the shingade che pith in the ghee and stir fry till you get a nice aroma. Please remember that the amount of ghee must be a bit more than what you use for rava shira. The flour has to be stirred continuously. Add the 1tblspn of ghee only if you feel its need.
  • Once the flour is done switch off the gas. Add the warm milk and stir well. Get rid of all the lumps that may have formed.
  • Transfer the kadhai/wok to the gas, on low flame cook the mixture. Stir regularly.  Till the mixture starts bubbling at the sides it comes together and changes colour.
  • Add the sugar and mix well.
  • Cook covered for about 5 minutes.
  • Mix the cashew nuts and the cardamom stir. At this point I added ½ cup of milk and covered it. Let it stand covered. 2 minutes later all the milk had been absorbed and a wonderful aroma filled the kitchen.
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15 thoughts on “Shingade chya Pith cha Shira

  1. Pavani April 13, 2013 at 8:10 am Reply

    Very interesting dessert with water chestnuts. Sounds delicious. LOL for milk guzzling.

  2. Runnergirlinthekitchen April 13, 2013 at 11:51 am Reply

    Mom made is during upas.. I hardly eat it due to the amount of calories go in it 😦 But i would love to have some!

  3. pradnya April 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm Reply

    even i ade this a couple of times during one of the vrats, i like the simple taste it has as compared to the regular sheera

  4. Vaishali Sabnani April 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm Reply

    Archana this is rather unfair..we get warnings, even before we try…I am sure we can at least taste..oh ya the calories!! Well when such dishes tempt you, just eat one tsp and get satisfied . But how does one make that little…khao peeyo..jalsa karo!

    • themadscientistskitchen April 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm Reply

      Cigarette packets there is a warning ” Smoking is injurious to health” does anyone pay heed?

  5. Srivalli April 13, 2013 at 6:25 pm Reply

    First thing is I am not able to pronounce the name..:)..second you got me drooling over that bowl, what a lovely mould you used..very nice one..

  6. Priya April 14, 2013 at 12:57 am Reply

    Drooling over that shira, wat a beautiful presentation, super cute, never tried anything till now with chestnut..

  7. pinksocks April 15, 2013 at 11:43 am Reply

    I can almost feel the texture by looking at that pic. Such a lovely use of the vrat aata.

  8. Rajani April 16, 2013 at 10:07 am Reply

    Maha Shivarathri came and the only thing you knew was the bai didn’t come?? :)))Hilarious Archana…really hilarious 🙂

    The shira looks really good and I like the presentation.

  9. suji April 17, 2013 at 10:25 pm Reply

    Amazing presentation….cute pretty dessert….

  10. preeti2kitchen April 18, 2013 at 11:42 pm Reply

    Wow.. very new to me.. Nver heard singada ka halwa

  11. harini April 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm Reply

    Amazing dessert with water chestnuts!

  12. Manju April 20, 2013 at 8:36 am Reply

    Interesting one, but first time hearing about this, nice presentation.

  13. veena April 26, 2013 at 7:31 am Reply

    Love the presentation and the mould which yu have use. Awesome

  14. Suma Gandlur May 24, 2013 at 12:00 am Reply

    Love both the dish and presentation.

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