south indian rava kesari recipe | kesari bath recipe

south indian sweet rava kesari recipe

kesari recipe | kesari bath recipe | south indian rava kesari recipe with step by step pictures

Kesari is popular a south Indian dessert. Rava kesari, as the name suggests, is made from rava or semolina. Kesari gets its name from its color. Kesari means saffron color. It is also known as kesari bhat.

The north Indian version of kesari is sooji ka halwa. It is quite different but equally delicious. You can find the recipe here – How to make sooji ka halwa.

Kesari is orange in color. People usually add artificial food color to make it look bright orange. I prefer to make the kesari recipe without color. Adding saffron give it a beautiful golden tinge. It’s definitely not orange but it still looks very rich and gorgeous. Not to mention, saffron lends the kesari recipe a very pleasant fragrance.

how to prepare south indian rava kesari

First of all, you saute the dry fruits such as cashews and raisins using ghee or clarified butter. Next, the rava or semolina needs to be sauteed in the ghee until it is fragrant and golden in color.

Combine the water, sugar, and saffron in a pot or pressure cooker. Bring it to a boil. Add the roasted rava and give it a stir. Turn the heat off and close the pressure cooker with the whistle on. Let the kesari rest for a few minutes. The rava will absorb the syrup really well. After opening the cooker, add the ground cinnamon and mix well. Rava kesari recipe is ready to be enjoyed.

I like to make rava kesari recipe in pressure cooker. It is not supposed to be pressure cooked per se. The flame is turned off and just keeping the kesari packed in the pressure cooker towards the end for a few minutes is important. It helps lock in all the moisture.

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If you are looking for some rich and sinful desserts, check out this list of Indian sweets recipes.

Now let’s see how to make kesari recipe.

how to make rava kesari recipe

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Rava kesari recipe is a popular South Indian dessert recipe. It is made with roasted semolina or rava, cooked in sugar syrup and has prominent flavors of saffron and green cardamom.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • Bareek rava / Fine semolina - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 1 & ¼ cup (or to taste)
  • Water - 3 cups
  • Ghee / Clarified butter - ½ cup
  • Green cardamom / elaichi powder - 1 tsp
  • Saffron - 20-25 strands, roughly crushed
  • Raisins - 2 tbsp
  • Cashews - ¼ cup
Instructions
  1. To make the rava kesari recipe, heat ghee in a pan or kadhai. Toss in the cashews and saute until they turn golden. Drain and remove them into a bowl.
  2. Next, add in the raisins and saute until they fluff up. Remove them into a bowl too.
  3. In the remaining ghee, add the rava/semolina. Roast on medium heat stirring constantly until the rava changes color to golden and smells fragrant.
  4. While the rava is roasting, combine sugar, water, and saffron in a pressure cooker.
  5. Bring the syrup to a boil, let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Switch off the flame of the sugar syrup. Add in the roasted rava, fried cashews and raisins, green cardamom powder and give it a quick mix.
  7. Immediately close the pressure cooker with the weight/whistle on. Let the rava rest in the sugar syrup for 15 minutes.
  8. Upon opening the pressure cooker, give rava kesari a final mix.
  9. Rava kesari recipe is ready. Serve warm. Enjoy!

kesari recipe with step by step pictures below


Step 1

Gather the rava kesari ingredients.

rava kesari ingredients


Step 2

To make the rava kesari recipe, heat 1/2 cup ghee in a pan or kadhai. Toss in 1/4 cup cashews and saute until they turn golden. Drain and remove them into a bowl.

making rava kesari south indian sweet


Step 3

Next, add in 2 tbsp raisins and saute until they fluff up.

making kesari recipe


Step 4

Remove them into a bowl too.

making south indian rava kesari recipe


Step 5

In the remaining ghee, add 1 cup rava/semolina.

how to make rava kesari


Step 6

Roast on medium heat stirring constantly until the rava changes color to golden and smells fragrant.

making kesari recipe


Step 7

Rava has changed color and smells very sweet.

making rava kesari / kesari bhat


Step 8

While the rava was roasting, combine 1 cup & 1/4 cup (or to taste) sugar, 3 cups water, and 20-25 strands of saffron in a pressure cooker. Crush the saffron lightly.

making rava kesari without colour


Step 9

Bring the syrup to a boil, let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.

making rava kesari without colour


Step 10

Switch off the flame of the sugar syrup. Add in the roasted rava, fried cashews and raisins, 1 tsp green cardamom powder and give it a quick mix.

making rava kesari recipe


Step 11

Immediately close the pressure cooker with the weight/whistle on. Let the rava rest in the sugar syrup for 15 minutes.

making sweet rava kesari recipe in pressure cooker


Step 12

Upon opening the pressure cooker, give rava kesari a final mix.

making sweet rava kesari recipe


Step 13

Rava kesari recipe is ready. Serve warm. Enjoy!

making sweet rava kesari recipe

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    anamika jagdish
    July 29, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    fabulous color..wow

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    anamika jagdish
    July 29, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    fabulous color..wow

  • Reply
    vrinda khosla
    July 31, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    i have made kesari before without food color with plenty of kesar. but i never get such a vibrant color.. what should i do? i don’t want to use food colorings

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      It depends on the kesar. Get a good quality kesar. Sometimes the kesar gets moist. Roast it lightly and crush it before adding to the kesari. You may also add a pinch of turmeric to the water. Hopes this helps. ?

  • Reply
    vrinda khosla
    July 31, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    i have made kesari before without food color with plenty of kesar. but i never get such a vibrant color.. what should i do? i don’t want to use food colorings

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      It depends on the kesar. Get a good quality kesar. Sometimes the kesar gets moist. Roast it lightly and crush it before adding to the kesari. You may also add a pinch of turmeric to the water. Hopes this helps. ?

  • Reply
    aarti abhinav
    August 4, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    i made your kesari recipe and it came out so well. i didnt have a lot of kesar left, so it had a pale color..butthe taste n texture were very good. thanks for the share

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    aarti abhinav
    August 4, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    i made your kesari recipe and it came out so well. i didnt have a lot of kesar left, so it had a pale color..butthe taste n texture were very good. thanks for the share

  • Reply
    shrikesh
    August 10, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    fab recipe!

  • Reply
    shrikesh
    August 10, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    fab recipe!

  • Reply
    mehek v
    August 13, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    wow. beautiful pictures and nice presentation

  • Reply
    mehek v
    August 13, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    wow. beautiful pictures and nice presentation

  • Reply
    yogita
    November 23, 2018 at 5:22 am

    perfect colour. the step wise photos is very useful.my kesar is old. it look red but don’t give much colour. what should i do
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    • Reply
      monica
      November 24, 2018 at 5:58 am

      Thanks Yogita.
      Old kesar is better. It has better color and flavor. If it’s not giving color, probably it has absorbed moisture. If it still looks bright red, roast it very lightly on very low heat. Then crush it between your finger tips and add it to the recipe. It will give color then.
      If the kesar looks faded, you should buy new.

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    indu gupta
    June 10, 2019 at 1:03 am

    i hd heard a lot about this sweet dish and i tried rava kesari toay for the first time. it was so yummy. thx for sharing the recipie

    • Reply
      Monica
      June 15, 2019 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks for trying out the recipe Indu. Glad you enjoyed it.

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