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Sapada Recipe – Navaratri Special Recipe Day 5

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This is the fifth day of navaratri and food lovers like me are enjoying the delicious rich sweets on the name of lord. Offering to lord is just an reason for fulfilling our tongue and tummy, true right? J. Here is one more easy and famous dessert sapada or banana pudding.

Sapada is mostly prepared during sathyanarayana pooja. The recipe is similar to sheera with flavour of ripe banana.
Let me tell you the meaning hidden in the name “sapada”.  “Sa” means same and “pada” means quarter. The four main ingredients of sapada (semolina, milk, ghee, sugar) are added in same quantities thus the name sapada.

Sapada Recipe


One cup semolina
One cup milk
One cup ghee
One cup sugar
3 ripe bananas
Cashews, raisins
Almond powder, saffron strands.
Cardamom powder


In a deep pan add 2 spoons of ghee and heat in low flame. Roast cashews and raisins. Do not burn them, transfer to a plate.

To the same pan add 3 to 4 spoons of ghee and add semolina. Roast semolina/sooji till it leaves the aroma.

Transfer the roasted semolina to the same plate. Add one cup milk, one cup sugar, saffron strands, almond powder and allow boiling.

Meanwhile chop banana into fine pieces.

To the boiling milk add the roasted semolina, cashews, raisins and chopped banana. Pour the remaining ghee to the boiling mixture. Keep on stirring to avoid lumps.

Sapada Recipe

Semolina cooks in 5 to 6 minutes and forms a mass. Add cardamom powder and stir well. Switch off the flame.

Sapada Recipe

Sapada or banana pudding is ready to serve.

Sapada Recipe

If you are diet conscious then you can lessen the quantity of ghee and add more of milk/ water like you prepare sheera. But equal proportions of the sapada ingredients make the dessert rich and delicious.

Happy Navaratri.

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