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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Wishing you all a very Happy and Prosperous New year Party. I thought of trying gulab jamun and post for this new year, but made it with readymade mix. So tried this aval kesari which I wanted to try for long time. I tasted this few years back at a relative's house and I could hardly find it that its made out of aval / poha/ flattened rice. I thought of asking her the recipe, but could not. Later checked with my MIL and made. Here’s the simple recipe.

Aval kesari recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Sweet
Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 3


Aval / Poha - 1/2 cup

Sugar - 1/2 cup

Water - 1 cup

Yellow or orange food colour - Methi seed size

Cardamom - 1

Ghee - 2 & 1/2 tblsp

Salt - 1 pinch

Cashew nut - 5


  1. Heat a pan with little ghee and fry broken cashewnuts in it until golden in medium flame. Transfer to a bowl, add poha to it.
  2. 1-fry
  3. Fry for a minute in medium flame without changing its colour. Powder coarsely like rava.
  4. 2-coarse
  5. Boil water and add the powdered poha, salt to it, mix well. Cook covered in low flame until all water is absorbed and poha cooked softly. Mix in between to avoid burnt bottom.
  6. 3-cook
  7. Add sugar, food colour, powdered cardamom to the cooked poha and mix. First it will become watery.
  8. 4-color
  9. Keep stirring in meidum flame adding ghee until it leaves the sides.
  10. 5-cook


    • It takes a bit of time to get cooked. So make sure its cooked well, otherwise later poha won’t be soft in the kesari.
    • Add ghee according to your need.

A simple and delicious kesari ready for satisfying your sweet tooth.



  1. Wooow... looks so amazing... wil try it now ...

  2. Wow! Looks too tempting.. Happy new year

  3. Can this be made with jaggery too?

  4. Can we use saffron instead of the color?

    1. Sure, but use very less, otherwise it may overpower.

    2. Thanks Raks! I must say this is a very sophisticated dessert from the most simple ingredients of our kitchen

  5. love that serving dish. aval kesari is a simple but delightful sweet. looks yum! happy new year! :)

  6. this kesari is new to me but loving the almost translucent treat. a beauty in itself. Wish you a very happy new year

  7. Happy New year Raji!! Awesome receipe..

  8. Raks can we use thin aval..if so do the ratio differs....

    1. no, try the Same ratio. It comes out Softer

    2. Hi Raji, I used the thin aval for this recipe and I got an outcome which was like Halwa. Should i make any changes in the procedure?

    3. Take care not to over cook the poha. I have to try on my own to comment precisely.

  9. Hi Raks,
    Happy new year.
    Love the color of the dish.
    I have been following you for few years now and tried many of your recipes. Loved them all, may god bless you.
    You are my inspiration behind my new build blog..thought of sharing some recipes from my family.
    I take this opportunity to thank you.

  10. Wow!! looks very inviting!! drooling here :)

  11. Made this today... it came out so well.. my son loved it... Thanx a ton...

  12. Thanks for this gluten free recipe

  13. I tried this today. somehow I wasn't convinced with the outcome. i realized this might work well with white sugar. I tried using raw unprocessed brown sugar!! found it less sweet and I also made a mistake of not waiting until all water got absorbed before adding sugar. I added soon after poha bcame soft. will have to correct these next time!!

  14. Thanks sharing this easy recipe. Going to try now..


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