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Monday, August 23, 2010

rava kesari recipe
“ Rava kesari” is the easiest sweet,that can be prepared in a jiffy,still a popular delicious sweet. Its considered to be the easy to make sweet,all experienced cooks like mom, MIL  makes now and then with ease..  For me too luckily I have not struggled much to learn making it. But I have seen many who run into trouble or don’t get it right. The major trouble you get when making is getting lumps. There are two stages in the process where there are chances to get lumps..One is while adding rava to boiling water and the second one is while adding sugar to cooked rava. But the key is add slowly rava or sugar and stir properly&constantly.

For me,I love making sweets,I love each and every process we do and I enjoy the out come,its every time like how a person feels the success…(well lets not be too greedy,let me stop hereNerd,when I run into trouble and don’t get it right I will feel very low in confidence and feel as if I am zero in cooking,that’s a different storyDont tell anyone). But if you ask my hubby,he always tells a short story in the topic kesari. He loves kesari more than me or may be before falling in love with me he fell in love with it and still he has an affairHypnotized.  When he was in his teens,when ever my MIL leaves to market or shopping leaving him behind at home, with in the time she comes back,he used to make kesari,enjoy it and cleans everything and keep so that she doesn't get any doubts immediately..Laughing. But every time he wonders how amma’s kesari is so colourful and mine is ugly in colourSilly(with out knowing that there is a thing known as food colour to make it colourful Oh go on). And yes now he makes a perfect kesari,if I want him to make! Ok let me move on to how I make Kesari.
Rava Kesari recipe

Rava kesari recipe

Indian Sweet
Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Cook time: 25 mins    Serves: 4


Rava/sooji/semolina  1/2 cup 
Sugar  3/4 to 1 cup 
Water  1 & 1/2 cup 
Ghee  1/4 cup 
cardamom powder  A pinch 
Cashew nuts  7-8 nos 
Kesari colour  A pinch 


  1. Heat a pan(non stick to make it easy) add the rava with the ghee (mentioned minus a tblsp). Fry in medium flame,with constant stirring until a nice aroma comes (the rava will start turning golden brown).Transfer the mixture to a plate and set aside. Add the water to the pan and bring to boil. Add the fried rava little by little to the boiling water and keep stirring simultaneously.Take care no lumps are formed,keep in medium flame and stir well.
  2. Fry with gheeAdd rava,stir well
  3. Keep in low flame and cook covered for 3-4 minutes or until the rava gets cooked well.
  4. Cook coveredCooked soft
  5. Add the sugar,kesari colour and keep the flame in medium and stir well.
  6. Add sugar Add colour stir well
  7. some times,when u add sugar and mix,immediately you may find very few lumps,but don't panic,stir well as in a way to mash those lumps gets mashed well.
  8. Stir well
  9. Stir in medium flame for 4-5 minutes or still the kesari forms as a whole mass(doesn't stick to the pan at all).
  10. Stir stir
  11. Add ghee fried cashews,elachi to this if desired.(in a tblsp of ghee we reserved before)
  12. Optional :Grease a plate with ghee and spread the kesari in it and after cooling down,draw as diamonds with a knife.
  13. spread in a traycut to diamonds
  • If you notice, I have added all the ghee I desired to use,I have used that while frying the rava itself…This is the easiest way to reduce the probability of the lumps formation and also you need not keep on adding while you stir later in that hustle bustle.
  • I dint add elachi powder,cashews as my hubby never likes that.(The  cashews are kept on the top for my kesari to look pretty in the photos Winking)
  • You can add the yellow food colour too for a change.
  • If you dont want to cut into pieces and eat as such,switch of the stove before a minute mentioned and enjoy as such!
  • You can also add milk instead of water for a different taste!
  • I always use home made ghee,which gives an excellent aroma..
  • Make sure that the rava gets cooked well otherwise you may not get a soft textured kesari and it may turn chewy/rubbery . Because after you add sugar the rava wont cook easily. So make sure the rava gets cooked soft before you add sugar!
So how do you like it, scooped rava kesari or cut into pieces Rava kesari? :)

I am sending this sweet to sweet  Priti’s  Festive food - Raksha Bandhan 2010 at Indiankhana.

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  1. Love the kesari cut into diamond shape. Well presented as ever.

  2. kesari luks perfect,really delicious...

  3. Hmmm...yummy kesari.....Nice cute diamonds.....I like to make it more of halwa kind by adding milk,condensed milk n all..

  4. Loved the story behind ur hubby's kesari..Our all time favourite..feel like grabbing some kesari diamonds now..

  5. Looks so perfect am feeling hungry dear and thanks for the wonderful entry :)...and for the next His Cooking Event ..shall ask him to make this? ;)

  6. Definitely yes,in that name I can enjoy the kesari ;)

  7. perfect kesari.my mom too cut it into diamonds like this, but i never attempted because of lack of patience. My fav one too.nice clicks

  8. All time easy sweet to make and mess up too:) These look perfectly done and a nice tip about using up all the ghee while frying the rawa only.

  9. Looks too good and perfect Raji.. Yah as u said its a jiffy sweet... the photo in the banana leaf plate is beautiful dear. The tips are great too.

  10. itlooks yummy n every ones favt

  11. Lovely lovely..beautiful presentation too.

  12. superaa irukku da... not even in my sweetest dreams i would have thought of making it like a burfi..beautiful it looks .. super colorful

  13. I love the story behind your wondrful rava keasari. Looks delicious Raji

  14. Kesari luks perfect n lovely presentation
    tnx 4 stopping by Raji

  15. this looks so yummmyy..loved the clicks..they are so tempting..

  16. Perfect looking sweet... love the step-by-step pictures!

  17. Looks Delicious...love the step by step pics!!

  18. Woww wat a droolworthy rava kesari, tickling my tongue..

  19. Lovely story and a colourful kesari!yummmmm!

  20. Wow looks so perfect and yummy, I luv it too!

  21. Tat looks mouthwatering and feel like grabbing it from the screen ;)
    nice entry !!

  22. Perfectly done and what a lovely colour too....

  23. Made these with laptop next to the stove and following your instructions, came out great. Thanks a ton :)

  24. Rava Kesari looks perfect and yummy! my favorite sweet...

  25. Superb and colourful rava Kesari!

  26. kesari ivlo azhaga naan parthathea illa..i will use this idea of cutting kesari into bars, for serving to guests.

  27. Thank you so so so much for trying and the prompt feed back Lakshmi,hope you enjoyed it.

  28. heyy raks... didnt realise when u moved to ur own domain... congrats...
    the garlic buns are soo cute.. i was thinking of such savoury buns yesterday.. glad to see it in ur space....

  29. Wow !! feel like grabbing some from the screen....Liked the diamond shapes..I'm always late here....so following you now ;-p
    Hamaree Rasoi

  30. Pretty pretty post!!!Believe me I still flaw with rava kesari :)..so...as always...bookmarking :D

  31. Hi,

    great and lovely presentation...i love kesari...very easy to make...i make it often!!!


  32. Kindly tell me the quantity of RA a the recipe says 1/2 ...and sugar is 3/4 which is more than RA a....so had a doubt

  33. yes xyz, it is 3/4 to 1 cup. Its sur emore than rava quantity. my mom makes the ratio remember in a easy way : rava:sugar = 1:2 Sometimes I like it bit less, so i wrote the recipe as 3/4 to 1 cup :) Do try the ratio,it will definitely come out perfect!!

  34. hi
    superb.....with a nice color............i tried this....it came out delicious!!!u r the best!!.....thanks so much.

  35. First time here & now I want to try this..you have explained it clearly.Normally I am not very good in cooking sweets....But I want to try this,book marked,will let you know the out come once prepared.....

  36. Hi, I tried this recipe today and was surprised at the outcome. I have tried Kesari many a times earlier and never it tasted so good..And I must say you have a lovely blog...Have infact tried many other recipes and they all are a hit. Thanks and keep blogging.

  37. Thankyou for the receipe... It turned out fantastic. Great work.

  38. Hi Raks...

    Thanks for recipe...b/w where did you buy the tray from. Looks good.

  39. Soumya, its a baking tray. I bought in Singapore some sale...

  40. Hi Raks,made this and it was yummy..thanks for the perfect recipe..

  41. can you explain the measurement half cup etc.i cnt understand

    1. A cup that measures 120 ml of liquid

  42. Thnkuu:) i tried itt yummy

  43. So easy to prepare... N yummy too , I tried today n it came out well ... Thanks��

  44. Done. Yummi Yummi kesari


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