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.

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Kesari ~ Navratri Special

Kesari Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 20-22 mts

Serves: 7-8 persons

Cuisine: Indian

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Ingredients:

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.

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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

  • Prep time:
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  • Serves: 6

Main Ingredients:

  1. semolina
  2. sugar

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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...

Sailu

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42 Responses

  1. Jyosthna20 says:

    I love this dish ….

  2. Jyosthna20 says:

    I love this dish ….

  3. Jyosthna20 says:

    I love this dish ….

  4. Jyosthna20 says:

    I love this dish ….

  5. Krithi says:

    Good one Sailu… Does using Saffron alone gives this lovely yellow color?
    Krithi’s Kitchen
    Event: Serve It – Festival Potluck

  6. Priya says:

    Lovely bowl,simply inviting..

  7. Priya says:

    Lovely bowl,simply inviting..

  8. Priya says:

    Lovely bowl,simply inviting..

  9. looks so divine and perfect.. nice clicks too :)

  10. looks so divine and perfect.. nice clicks too :)

  11. looks so divine and perfect.. nice clicks too :)

  12. looks so divine and perfect.. nice clicks too :)

  13. looks so divine and perfect.. nice clicks too :)

  14. looks so divine and perfect.. nice clicks too :)

  15. Cdevivek says:

    very good recipe,esp your kitchen tip. thank you

  16. Cdevivek says:

    very good recipe,esp your kitchen tip. thank you

  17. Cdevivek says:

    very good recipe,esp your kitchen tip. thank you

  18. Cdevivek says:

    very good recipe,esp your kitchen tip. thank you

  19. Cdevivek says:

    very good recipe,esp your kitchen tip. thank you

  20. Rp0980 says:

    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..

  21. priya says:

    Hey i tried it really turned out well!! thanks alot

  22. Swathi says:

    Thanks I tried and it turned out sooo good

  23. Jaya says:

    Hi Sailu,
    In which stage do we have to add the cardamom powder?

  24. Vibha says:

    It came out really well. Thank you

  1. August 23, 2012

    […] got the recipe and measurements from here http://www.sailusfood.com/2011/10/03/kesari-recipe-rava-kesari-halwa/.  This is spot on, and the measurements are perfect – it’s not sweet, its not bland […]

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