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rava-kesari

rava kesari recipe with step by step photos. rava kesari is a popular south indian sweet made from semolina during the festive season. rava kesari’s north indian counterpart is sooji ka halwa.

i had made rava kesari as naivedya for lord ganesha during the first day of the ganesh chaturthi festival. was not able to post the recipe all the time. finally posting when lord ganesha is leaving today…. bidding a sweet adieu to lord ganesha. rava kesari can also be made during any indian festival like janmashtami, diwali, raksha bandhan or holi.

the difference between rava kesari and sooji halwa is the color. rava kesari has an orange color – hence the term kesari which means orangish. generally synthetic orange food color is added while making rava kesari.

since i don’t use any synthetic colors in food, i have used saffron or kesar to give the color tones. saffron will give yellow tones and not orange. apart from that it gives a nice flavor and aroma to the rava kesari. if you want orange tones, then add orange food color.

to get the best texture and taste, remember to roast the rava/semolina very well. also the sugar solution should be bubbling hot when adding to the hot semolina-ghee mixture. add the sugar solution slowly with continuous stirring so that lumps are not formed. in case lumps do form then just break them with the spatula or spoon.

lets begin the step by step rava kesari recipe:

1: heat ghee in a kadai or a thick bottomed pan. add the rava or sooji along with cashews and begin to roast.

heat rava with ghee in a kadai

2: dissolve sugar, water and saffron in a another pan. keep on flame and allow it to come to a boil.

sugar saffron solution for rava kesari

3: meanwhile continue to roast the rava (semolina) and add cardamom powder. roast till you can see the ghee getting separated and when you see the cashews getting browned. the color of the rava should not become brown. this takes approx 7-8 minutes on a low flame.

roasting the rava

4: let the sugar-saffron solution come to a boil.

sugar solution for rava kesari recipe

5: pour the sugar-saffron solution in the ghee-rava mixture slowly with continuous stirring.

adding sugar solution to rava mixture

6: the rava or sooji will absorb the water and swell and the mixture will thicken. stir till the mixture starts to leave the sides of the pan. switch off and then cover the pan for 5 minutes just to allow the rava kesari to steam. if you want to make slices, then immediately pour the rava kesari mixture in a greased pan or tray. spread evenly and when warm or cooled, cut into diamond shaped or square slices.

stir the sugar rava mixture

7: serve hot or warm rava kesari as it is. you can also serve rava kesari as a side sweet dish.

rava kesari recipe

if you are looking for more halwa recipes then do check gajar halwa, moong dal halwa, beetroot halwa, lauki halwa, atte ka halwa and banana sheera.

rava kesari recipe details below:

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rava kesari recipe
 
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rava kesari - sweet south indian dessert made with semolina, ghee, dry fruits and saffron.
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RECIPE TYPE: dessert
CUISINE: south indian
SERVES: 3-4
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 1 cup fine rava or sooji or semolina
  • 5 to 6 tbsp ghee
  • ¾ to 1 cup sugar or as required
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 to 3 pinches of saffron threads/kesar
  • 4-5 green cardamom pods, husked and powdered or ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • ¼ cup halved or chopped cashews
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. crush the cardamoms to a semi fine powder in a mortar-pestle and keep aside.
  2. also crush the saffron threads in the same mortar-pestle and keep aside.
  3. keep a kadai or pan on a low flame.
  4. add the ghee and when the ghee is heating up, do the following.
  5. take the sugar and water in another pan.
  6. keep this pan on a medium to high flame and let the solution come to a boil.
  7. also add the powdered saffron or kesar to the sugar solution.
  8. once the ghee becomes hot, add the semolina and keep on stirring while adding the semolina.
  9. immediately add the cashews and keep on stirring the mixture.
  10. in the meanwhile keep your eyes also on the sugar solution.
  11. if the mixture starts to boil, then lower the flame and let it simmer.
  12. keep on stirring the semolina for 7-8 mins and when the grains change their color and when the cashews also change to a light golden, we have to add the bubbling hot sugar and water solution.
  13. increase the flame to high for the sugar solution to bubble and when it starts to bubble in a matter of seconds, immediately add it to the hot semolina mixture.
  14. be careful as the mixture has the tendency to splutter.
  15. be quick enough to stir and keep on stirring till the whole mixture starts thickening and starts to leave the edge of the kadai or pan.
  16. keep a tight lid on the top or place a heavy weight on the lid.
  17. switch off the flame and allow the rava kesari to steam for 5-6 minutes.
  18. now remove the lid and serve the rava kesari hot or warm.
NOTES
you can add a few tbsp of ghee if you want in the rava kesari.




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  1. Kay says

    This is an awesome recipe :)
    I did made some changes n it turned out pretty delicious
    I combined white & brown sugar as per the measurement n half cup of cashew n the result was incredible.
    Tq for sharing

  2. SATHEESH Embar says

    I made Rava Kesari exactly as per your site instructions, believe me it has come out really yummy. Slowly becoming a house-husband!!! Thanks a lot … Its a Vijaya Dasami offering to God ….

  3. Kashmira says

    I have had sheera in south indian restaurants (didnt know its called rava kesari). They also add cloves (lavang) to it and it tastes delicious.

    This turned out to be good. I did add the cloves to emulate the restaurant taste but I hardly got the taste of it.. Have you tried using cloves ever?

  4. Nisha says

    Have tried many kesari bath recipes.. and this was the only one succeeded.. I got awesome response from my hubby…:) thanks a lot dassana..

  5. arusha says

    hi
    i used to cook rawa but it used to never turn out the way it turned out from your recipe,the rawa was just perfect !!!!! thank you

  6. Ritu says

    Hi, I am planning to make this wonderful kesari for a group of friends. Can you tell me the measurements if I have to make this for around 17 people. I don’t wan’t to go wrong with my estimates.

    • says

      for making a sweet like kesari, you can easily increase the recipe proportionately. generally as a ratio for 1 cup of rava, 1/2 cup ghee is used. the sugar can vary from 1 cup to 1.5 cups or more. this recipe served about 3 to 4 servings. so you can increase everything proportionately.

  7. says

    Hello,
    I am really thankful for the step by step guide to the recipie with pictures, and its really tempting. I tried it and really enjoyed it a lot..Thanks for posting such type of recipe.

  8. Lalat Indu Misra says

    Hello,
    I am thankful for the step by step guide to the recipie with pictures, and its really tempting. I became fond of Kesribath when I was in Bangalore, and today I am through with the procedure and shall try out at home.Another favourite sweet dish is Obattu which is really relishing and I think most of the viewer will appreciate the dish if shown.
    Thanks
    L.I.Misra
    Asst.Professor Dept.of Hotel Management
    School of Hotel Management,SOA University
    Bhuabneswar
    Odisha

  9. Kranthi says

    I had been trying ravva kesari for many times and it never came out so well. And your recipe helped me a lot to make it look and taste so perfect and just the way my family likes it. Ravva Kesari came out really well. Thanks a lot.

  10. says

    hi dasana.love this recipe.In mauritius, we do this recipe during prayers, and nearly same ingredients and procedures like your recipe, only difference, we heat the semolina until light brown or we buy grilled semolina.I have never tried with ungrilled semolina..will the taste vary with grilled semolina? Anyway, ur recipe seems very good..will give it a try soon and will give the feedback.

    • says

      by grilled semolina i think you mean pre roasted semolina. the taste will not vary. what you do is heat ghee and just lightly fry the semolina in ghee for a few minutes till they become aroamatic and the ghee starts to release. but don’t brown them. you won’t take long as mentioned in this recipe as here the semolina is not roasted.

  11. Raju P.M says

    Dasanna,namaskara & thanks a million for sending such a wonderful & tasty recipes,today i am going to try Rawa halwa,once again thank you very much,please keep posting your latest recipes regularly.

  12. Hepsinithya Kaguturi says

    hi dasanna, its very tasty item,wen i hav seen pictures too tempting.thanq u soooooooo much 4 introducing dis recipe..

  13. Pratiksha Mokhasi says

    Hey Dassana,
    The recipe is temptating. The sooji has taken the color of kesar…looks yummy. Will definately try this. I have also tried your Papaya halwa which tastes really good. On seeing the halwa everyone at home thought its a carrot halwa. Thanks for sharing.