Thursday, 2 August 2012

Rava Kesari / Sooji Kesari / Indian Semolina Dessert


Rava Kesari is a very popular Indian dessert prepared in almost every Indian homes especially during festivals and celebrations. It so delicious, aromatic and pleasing, yet simple to make. Not very complicated ingredients are needed, just a few ingredients normally available in your kitchen pantry will be enough. You can also prepare the same kesari using vermicelli (Semiya), for recipe click hereToday is Raksha Bhandhan and I wish all brothers and sisters, all around the world, good health, happiness and peace of mind, celebrate this special day with love and this virtual treat of Kesari.

If someone says he loves God but hates his brother, he is a liar; For he cannot love God, whom he has not seen, if he does not love his brother, whom he has seen. (Bible - 1 John 4:20) (Here your brother means your neighbor and anyone around you)
 So love one another as Christ (Lord) Himself has loved us!!!

INGREDIENTS

(Serves 2)


  1. Rava/Sooji/Semolina - 1/2 cup 
  2. Water - 1.5 cups
  3. Sugar - 1/2 cup 
  4. Cardamom pods - 5
  5. Cashew - 5 to 8
  6. Raisins - 1/4 spoon (Optional)
  7. Kesari color - A pinch (Optional) I used lemon yellow color, you can use orange color too.
  8. Ghee - 3 spoons + 1 spoon

PREPARATION METHOD

  • Heat a wok/pan add 1 spoon of ghee and add rava and saute on a low flame until (2 minutes will do) you get nice aroma, rava should not turn brown. Then remove from flame and set aside.
  • Heat the same wok/pan add 1.5 cups of water and add crushed cardamom pods, then let it boil for a minute. 
  • When you can smell the aroma of cardamom pods, add sugar. Stir well.
  • Once the sugar dissolves well in water, add the kesari color (Optional). 
  • Now add the fried rava and stir well, see that no lumps are formed.
  • Keep stirring until it seems even, with no lumps in it. 
  • In a tadka pan/wok add 3 spoons of ghee and fry the cashews until it turns slightly brown then add raisins and saute till it puffs up, now add this mixture to kesari and stir well. 
  • When the rava gets cooked and kesari thickens up remove from flame and serve.

TIP 1: Kesari color is the coloring agent added in kesari preparations, its available in orange and lemon yellow color and has salt added to it so gives an enhanced flavor when added to Kesari. but you can still use normal artificial food colors, if you wish just add add a pinch of salt after adding artificial colors. If you wish to avoid food colors it would be better health-wise.

TIP 2: Adjust the addition of ghee according to your wish, in this preparation I have added moderate level of Ghee, add more for extra aroma and flavor.

TIP 3: You can also add chopped almonds along with cashews.


Delectable and Delicious Rava Kesari is now ready!! Enjoy as a celebration dessert or after meal dessert!!




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66 comments:

  1. Yummy Kesari..my all time fav :)

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  2. Looks super delicious and tempting,beautiful presentation.

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  3. yummy rava kesari
    when we went on holiday recently this was served daily in breakfast and it was so so yummy.

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  4. mouthwatering kesari....looks delicious :)

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  5. Delicious kesari... i love it very much... i used to have this when its chilled...
    VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

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    1. Chilled!! I haven't tried it yet will try next time :)

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  6. Sooji halwa is one dessert that I have to master .. u have got it absolutely right! love the colour and am sure its delicious!

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    1. Practice it and use the right ratio of Sooji:Water - 1:3 and am sure you'll master it :) Thank you Gauri!!

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  7. it reminds me of sangeetha hotel's special kesari :) like it...

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    1. Haven't had kesari there still will order for it next time :)

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  8. yummy yellow kesari..love it..

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    1. Hey thanks Shruti didn't expect an appreciation for such a click :) Anyways thanks!!

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  10. A favourite anytime. Looks delicious.

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  11. look tempting. . . .yummy click:-)

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  12. Hi Divya,

    Kesari Looks Excellent !! My favourite sweet :)

    Perfect presentation:)

    Keep on Dear..

    www.southindiafoodrecipes.blogspot.in

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  13. yummy......love this and awsome clicks...

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    1. Never thought I would receive appreciations for these clicks thank you so much :)

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  14. wow.. sounds perfect...yumm recipe
    Tasty Appetite

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  15. Anytime perfect, mouthwatering kesari. Nice clicks

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    1. Thanks Sanoli!! am glad you liked those clicks :)

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  16. super delicious kesari, lovely clicks :)

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  17. Delicious kesari.. As usual clicks are very nice.. :)

    Divya's Culinary Journey

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    1. Thanks Divya glad you liked these clicks too :)

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  18. hi divya...Hmm, very pretty yellow color. love to try this recipe, would make a great dessert for tea.
    have a nice day

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    1. Yeah makes a great dessert am sure you'll love it :) Have a great day :)

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  19. My fav dessert...No celebrations without this yummy dish...Lovely color n lovely lines abt brother from bible :)

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    1. Thanks Priya am happy that you noticed those lines :) Thanks dear!!

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  20. Delicious kesari...nice bright colour!

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  21. kesari looks delicious... my favourite as well... fantastic presentation!!

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    1. Thank you so much Amina glad you liked my presentation :)

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  22. mouth watering, love a well made kesari, yours looks delicious,thanks for sending it to my event , BTW since you have uploaded the wrong image and I could not edit it you can resubmit it with the right pic, lemme know if you want me to delete your current entry , best:)

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    1. Thanks a ton for the help dear :) Cheers :)

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  23. love the yellow color...looks so yummy...very nice presentation....

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  24. My favorite all time sweet... Nice one

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  25. mouth watering keasari...what a lovely color. btw love that spoon too

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    1. Thanks Deepa that's my favorite spoons :)

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  26. Super inviting dear !!! .Inviting you to join Fast Food Event - Noodles !!!

    http://easy2cookrecipes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/re-announcing-fast-food-event-series.html .

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    1. Thanks Shama and regarding the event will definitely participate :)

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  27. colorful kesari...looks delicious...

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  28. I just finished my dinner and ready for dessert..I wouldn't mind that bowl of suji halwa..pics is tempting..awesome :-)
    Thank you for linking it to my event.

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  29. tht's one yummy treat ! nice presentation :)

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  30. Rava Kesari Dessert recipe is a excellent taste and preparation method is very simple. This homemade Dessert recipe is good taste.

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  31. picture perfect... am drooling here!!! you have made it very well!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!
    Sowmya
    Event - Flavors of Germany/Savory
    Event - VFAM–Onions

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