Rava Kesari (Kesari Halwa) is a popular South Indian sweet dish which is a different version of Sooji ka Halwa. Rava Kesari is delicious and easy to make, usually made on festive occasions.
One of the much cherished desserts in South India, particularly Karnataka, Rava Kesari or Kesari Bath is prepared using semolina, popularly known as rava or sooji in India. The North prepares Sooji Halwa too, which is enjoyed with fluffy hot pooris, as one rolls the sweetmeat with it. But in the South, it acquires a vibrant orange colour due to the sprinkling of kesar or saffron during the cooking process. Here is thr simplest recipe for a perfect Kesari. Check out our Semiya/Vermicelli kesari too.
Rava Kesari Recipe :
Semolina / Rava / sooji – 1 cup
Ghee – 1 cup
Sugar – 1 1/2 cups
Water – 2 1/2 cups
Cashew nuts – 10
Cardamom -3-4 powdered
Kesari Powder or Orange food color –a pinch
Add some ghee and add rava and fry for a few minutes. Keep it aside.
Heat a little ghee, fry cashew nuts and raisins separately and keep it aside.
Boil 2 1/2 cups of water, add a pinch of kesari powder to it. Then add the rava to this boiling water and stir well, simmer and cook.
After all the water evaporates, add sugar, mix well now add remaining ghee and cook on low flame until the kesari starts to leave the sides of the pan.
Add cardamom powder, cashew nuts, raisins and serve hot or warm.