mango kesari recipe
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mango kesari

mango kesari recipe - smooth, silky and a really good recipe of mango kesari.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: sweets
Cuisine: south indian, tamil nadu
Servings: 4
Calories: 277kcal
Author: Dassana Amit


for mango puree

  • 1 medium to large sized alphonso mangoes OR ¾ cup chopped mangoes
  • cup sugar, OR add as required
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • seeds from 3 green cardamoms

other ingredients for mango kesari

  • 3 tablespoons ghee or any neutral flavored oil
  • ½ cup rava or sooji (cream of wheat)
  • 12 to 14 cashews
  • ½ tablespoon raisins
  • 1.5 cups water


making mango puree for mango kesari

  • take 1 medium to large sized alphonso mango or any variety of mango. 
  • chop it and add the mango pieces in a blender or mixer jar. 
  • you will need about¾ cup of chopped mangoes.
  • then add ⅓ cup sugar, 1 pinch saffron and seeds from 3 green cardamoms.
  • blend till smooth. keep aside.

making mango kesari

  • now in a sauce pan, take 1.5 cups water and begin to heat it.
  • in another pan or kadai, take 3 tablespoons ghee and let it melt.
  • keep the flame to low or medium-low and then add ½ cup fine rava (sooji).
  • also add 12 to 14 cashews.
  • roast the sooji in the ghee on a low to medium-low flame stirring often.
  • the sooji has to be roasted well and should become aromatic. this is an important step and if the sooji is not roasted well, the halwa will become sticky or lumpy.
  • by the time the rava is roasted, the cashews will also become light golden. 
  • once the rava is roasted well then it will become aromatic and its color will also change. the rava grains start to look dry, separate and crisp. the ghee will also start separating.
  • meantime the water will also start boiling.
  • once the rava is roasted, then add the mango puree to it and mix well.
  • add the boiling hot water in a slow stream. be careful as the mixture splutters.
  • as soon as you add the hot water, quickly begin to stir the halwa, so that lumps are not formed. for best results use a wired whisk while stirring.
  • you will see that the sooji absorbs water and the halwa begin to thicken.
  • after stirring, cover the pan with a lid and on a low flame simmer the halwa for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • all the water will be absorbed and the kesari will be done. if you want you can add some more ghee at this step.
  • serve mango rava kesari hot or warm or at room temperature. you can also take the mango kesari in small bowls or muffin cups. 
  • once they become warm or cool, then remove them. refrigerate the remaining mango kesari.


tips for making mango kesari recipe:
  • recipe can be doubled.
  • ⅓ cup sugar makes the mango kesari just sweet. for less sweetness, add ¼ cup sugar. 
  • milk can be used instead of water. 
  • dry fruits of your choice can be added.
  • more ghee can be used if required. 
  • if using mango puree, then you can use approx ½ cup of mango puree.


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 11.6mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1.5mg