Thursday, April 21, 2011


Kesari is a very common sweet in South India. It can be prepared in a jiffy.There is no girl seeing ceremony in Tamil Nadu without this sweet. Bajji and Sojji (Kesari) goes together in all those events.My mom prepares this often and I have a special liking for this easy breezy sweet

Rava Kesari

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4

Rava/Sooji1/2 cup
Sugar1 cup
Water1.5 cups
Ghee1/4 cup
Cashew nuts6
Saffrona pinch
Warm Milk1 tsp
Cardomom powder1/8 tsp
Kesar food colora pinch

Step1 :
Take 1 tsp of ghee and roast the cashewnuts.Soak the saffron in 1 tsp of warm milk (optional)

Step 2
Heat 2 tsp of ghee in a pan and roast the rava until it turns pink in low - medium flame.A nices aroma comes out at this stage.Transfer it to a separate bowl and keep this aside

Boil 1.5 cups of water.Now add roasted rava slowly with constantly stirring so that no lumps are formed. Switch off the flame and leave it for 5 minutes so that all the water is absorbed

The rava would be now cooked in the hot water. Switch on the flame and add sugar and kesar color.The mixture will dilute at this stage. Stir it continuously to avoid lumps

Add the remaining ghee little by little until the mixture thickens.Also add the cardamom powder & soaked saffron. Switch off the flame once the required consistency is reached

Note that the consistency will get thicker after some time.So switch off the flame just before the required consistency is reached

Garnish with fried cashews
Rava Kesari


  • Though this a very easy sweet to prepare some of the beginners might have some difficulty in getting the right texture without forming lumps.There are 2 stages where we need to be careful.When adding rava to boiling water and while adding sugar. At both these stages continuous stirring is required
  • The rava has to be roasted in ghee until a nice aroma comes out.If not the kesari will be sticky and hard.
  • Make sure that the water is boiled well before adding rava
  • Make sure rava is cooked well in water before adding sugar. All the water should have been absorbed.If not cook for a couple of minutes in a very low flame until all the water is drained.After adding sugar, the rava does not get cooked
  • I have followed rava:sugar ratio of 1:2.I have a very sweet tooth. This can also be reduced to 1: 1.5
  • Raisins can also be fried and added for garnishing
  • Instead of 1.5 cups of water, 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of milk can also be added which gives a rich taste.
Checkout Microwave Rava Kesari that can be prepared with much ease.


  1. such a quick evening sweet.. yum :)

  2. What a lovely color of this rava kesari. Would love to taste this warm...

    Hamaree Rasoi

  3. My all time favorite sweet.. Looks so yum

  4. Woww... lovely and delicious kesari.. looks simply superb !!
    Indian Cuisine

  5. Delicous and perfect kesari..yummy.

  6. Delicious & mouthwatering!!! Love the rich color :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  7. Thats one delicious quick fix for sweet cravings.Yum.

  8. A classic dessert! loved the bright orange color..
    US Masala

  9. Love sooji halwa and this looks so the color..yummy!

  10. My all time favourite sweet! :P

  11. This is one of my classics in my home...So mouthwatering...

  12. So colorful and delicious sweet, its my favorite sweet.

  13. My all time favorite sweet.... Looks so good I want to scoop out a tablespoon from that plate:)

  14. Heaps of thanks for mentioning the right stage for adding sugar.It brings the correct consistency.

  15. wonderful... it came very good when i did :)

    Thanks a lot

  16. It came very well..Thanks a lot...

  17. I never used to get the kesari perfect.But this recipe worked wonders.Thank you.


  18. Thank you.the best recipe ever

  19. delicious!!!!!

  20. When you give the measurement of cups, could u be more specific please? I mean, how much grams/ml etc? Thank you!

  21. It was too sweet...But, I am happy that I got the right consistency I wished.Your tips were very useful

    1. Thank you. Yes the ratio of sugar that I used will be too sweet (I liked it that way). You can reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup

  22. This method really works.Made the best Kesari ever. Thanks to you