fruit kesari recipe
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Fruit Kesari

Fruit kesari is a rich south indian sweet made with cream of wheat, mixed fruits and dry fruits.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: sweets
Cuisine: south indian
Servings: 3 to 4
Calories: 544kcal
Author: Dassana Amit


  • ½ cup Fine rava (sooji or cream of wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon Ghee For roasting sooji
  • 4 to 5 tablespoon Ghee Or 2 tablespoon ghee + 2 tablespoon oil Or 4 tablespoon oil, use a neutral flavored oil
  • 12 to 15 Cashews
  • 1 tablespoon Raisins
  • ½ cup Chopped apple Or 1 small apple - chopped
  • ½ cup Chopped pear Or 1 small pear - chopped
  • ½ cup Chopped pineapple
  • cup Chopped banana
  • ¼ cup Pomegranate arils
  • ½ teaspoon Cardamom powder Or 3 to 4 green cardamoms - crushed to a powder in mortar-pestle
  • 1 pinch Saffron strands
  • 6 tablespoon Sugar Or about ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1.5 cups Water


roasting rava

  • Heat 1 tsp ghee in a thick bottomed kadai or pan.
  • Add ½ cup fine rava (sooji or cream of wheat). Stir very well.
  • Roast the rava very well stirring often on a low flame.
  • Roast till the rava become fragrant and look crisp. Takes about 5 to 7 minutes on a low flame. Switch off the flame.
  • Remove the rava in a plate and keep aside.

chopping fruits

  • Now rinse, peel and chop 1 small apple, 1 small pear, 1 small banana ( I used elaichi banana) and 2 to 3 pineapple slices. Remove the pomegranate seeds from a small pomegranate. Pomegranate is optional. 
  • You can also use your choice of fruits. Mangoes and chickoo (sapota) also tastes good.

making fruit kesari

  • Heat 4 to 5 tbsp ghee in the same pan. Add 12 to 15 cashews.
  • Fry the cashews in ghee till golden. Then remove them with a slotted spoon and keep aside.
  • Next add 1 tbsp raisins. As soon as you add the raisins they will start to swell up.
  • Stir and fry the raisins till they swell and become plump. Remove and keep aside.
  • Next add the chopped mixed fruits. Stir very well.
  • Saute the fruits on a low to medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add ½ tsp cardamom powder and a generous pinch of saffron strands. Stir.
  • Now add 6 tbsp sugar or about ⅓ cup sugar. You can add sugar as per your taste.
  • Add 1.5 cups water. Stir very well.
  • Bring this mixture to a vigorous boil on a medium flame.
  • Now lower the flame and add the ghee roasted rava. You can also add the rava in parts.
  • As soon as you add the rava, quickly stir and mix very well. There should be no lumps in the halwa.
  • Add the fried cashews and raisins. Reserve a few for garnish. Allow for the water to be absorbed by the rava.
  • Do stir at intervals. The rava will soften up. You should not see any whitish or creamish tiny specks on the rava. This means that the rava is not cooked well.
  • In the below pic, the fruit kesari is done and ready to be served. 
    making fruit kesari recipe
  • If you want to slice like barfi or serve them like I have done, then pour the hot mixture in a tray or in small to medium tart moulds or small bowls. Press with a spatula to even. Once warm, slice them or unmold them.
  • Serve fruit kesari garnished with the fried cashews and raisins.


Calories: 544kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 456mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 19.8mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 10.9mg