Navratri Special ~ Rava Kesari – Semolina Pudding

Rava Kesari – moist, melt in the mouth Indian semolina dessert that is prepared as a festival special for occasions like Navratri. Not too complicated, just a few ingredients like semolina, clarified butter, sugar and cardamom mingle together to bring out something magical and exotic.

The key to a delicious Kesari is to slow roast semolina in ghee aka clarified butter till light pink without burning it. And when infused with a warming aromatic spice like cardamom the flavor of Rava Kesari is alleviated by leaps and bounds. Delightful when adorned with roasted cashews and raisins.

Kesari ~ Navratri Special

Kesari Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 20-22 mts

Serves: 7-8 persons

Cuisine: Indian



1 cup sooji/semolina/upma rava

1 1/2 cups sugar (adjust to suit your taste)

2 1/2 cups water

5-6 saffron strands, soaked in a tbsp of milk

4 tbsps melted ghee/clarified butter/neyyi

12-15 cashew nuts/kaju/jeedi pappu

15-20 raisins/khis mish

3/4 tsp cardamom powder

1 Heat a heavy-bottomed vessel, add 2 tbsps of melted ghee, add cashew nuts and raisins and toast them till golden brown. Remove them and keep aside.
2 In the same ghee, add sooji/semolina and fry till light pink approx for 6 mts. You have to constantly stir it or else it will burn. Turn off heat, add sugar and mix.
3 Add water and cook on slow flame stirring constantly. It will come together like a thick pudding. It will take approx 8-10 mts to cook on slow flame.
4 Add saffron and half of the roasted nuts and raisins and mix. Cook on low flame for another mt. Add 2 tbsps of warm ghee and mix. Turn off flame, remove onto a serving bowl.
5 Garnish with the remaining nuts and raisins and serve warm.

Kitchen Tips:

For a rich flavor, add 1/2 cup milk and 2 cups water. Saffron can be substituted with Kesar color by adding a pinch of it to a tbsp of water.

Rava Kesari

P.S With power cuts abound in Andhra Pradesh and erratic internet connection, I could not blog yesterday’s offering to Goddess Durga.

Navratri Special ~ Rava Kesari – Semolina Pudding

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 6

 Main Ingredients:

  •  semolina
  •   sugar


42 thoughts on “Navratri Special ~ Rava Kesari – Semolina Pudding

      1. Hi Sailu… it really turned out well … but it did not appear yellow even though i have added good amount of saffron … i have used butter instead of ghee .. would that have made the difference ?

  1. Hey Sailu, I have been making your recipes from 1 year. Yesterday made Rava kesari for the first time. It was Fantastic. Not only that Kobbari undalu, anything.. You are really great..
    Just One should follow the Measures and method,thats it there is no look back…

    May I know from where u learnt so accurately??

    Thank You Very much for the posts..

    No doubt it surving many many.. :):)… I am your biggest Fan..

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