Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rava (Semolina) Kesari/ Sheera

   Rava Kesari is another sweet which can be made quickly and easily at home. This sweet is commonly made for several festive occasions and there are several versions of this recipe across India with slight variations. You can increase the quantity of the nuts and reduce the amount of sugar and ghee to appeal to the health conscious folks.


1 cup of rava (Semolina)
1 cup of milk
1 1/4 cup of sugar
handful of cashew nuts
10 raisins
3/4 cup of ghee (clarified butter)
1/2 tsp of cardamom powder


1.Add a tbsp of ghee to heavy bottomed vessel and add nuts and raisins. Roast them till they turn golden brown. Be cautious with the raisins and remove before it turns dark.

2.Transfer them to a plate and add the rava to the ghee. Roast them slightly till nice aroma comes.
3.Add boiled milk (warm milk) and 1 cup of warm water to the rava and keep stirring so that there is no lumps. The addition of milk softens the rava and it melts in the mouth.
4.The amount of ghee can be varied from half cup to 3/4th of a cup. Add the ghee and cook in low flame and keep stirring
5.Add the sugar and allow them to dissolve.
5.Transfer the nuts and cardamom powder.  Mix them well. Kesari is ready.

*If needed add kesari (saffron) powder.

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