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Rava Kesari

I am happy to announce that my blog has completed 2 years! Thank you all for the love and support through your visits and positive feedback. No celebration is complete without a sweet. To celebrate this joyous occasion, I made the popular South Indian sweet Rava Kesari.

Rava kesari is probably one of the easiest South Indian sweet made with semolina, sugar, ghee and a bit of cardamom powder for flavor and aroma.. Rava kesari can also be prepared as a neivedhyam for festivals like Navaratri, Diwali, Vinayaka Chaturthi and Krishna Jayanthi. The key to making a good rava kesari is to ensure it is lump free while adding the rava and sugar. Ghee is the main ingredient that enhances the flavor and fragrance of this sweet, so do not hold back on the ghee. Kesari tastes best when served slightly warm but some love to have it chilled too.


Serves 2-3

Soft semolina pudding with ghee, sugar, cardamom, cashew and raisins


½ cup rava / semolina
1 ½ water
1 cup sugar
¼ cup ghee
¼ tsp cardamom powder
2 tsp broken cashew
2 tsp raisins
Pinch of kesari color or orange food color


1. Heat 1 tsp ghee in a non stick pan and fry the cashews till golden. Set aside. Add the raisins to the same pan and fry till they puff up. Set aside.

2. To the same pan add 1 tbsp ghee and add the rava. Fry the rava in a low-medium heat until it starts turning golden brown and gives out a nice aroma. Set aside.

3. Add water to the pan and bring to boil. Add the rava slowly and keep stirring in a medium heat until the rava is cooked. Make sure no lumps are formed.

4. Once the rava is cooked well, add the sugar, kesari color and rest of ghee. The mixture will start to loosen up now. Make sure no lumps are formed.

5. Cook stirring continuously until it starts to thicken, starts leaving the sides of the pan. Also it would have absorbed all the ghee.

6. Now add cardamom powder and garnish with fried cashew and raisins.

My Notes:

1. Make sure no lumps are formed after adding the rava and sugar.

2. Add sugar only after the rava is cooked well.


  1. the kesari looks too good... awesome pictures...

  2. Congrats Sona for completing 2 years of blogging... Happy Going...:) Betn, the rava kesari looks so delicious and my favorite too...

  3. kesari is mouthwatering....

  4. Congrats Sona ! Wish you many more anniversary for your blog. Rava kesari looks stunning .

  5. love the orange color, my favorite sweet dish.

  6. All the best for many more such milestones!.. Congrats n a perfect dessert to celebrate!

  7. Ww my favorite indian sweet .. Congrats on the 2nd anniversary of ur blog .. First time to ur space .. Uve got wonderful recipes .. Do visit my space .. Adding u

  8. Happy anniversary to your blog baby.. Humble rava kesari is just inviting.

  9. Love it anytime. Looks so good

  10. Lovely kesari and a very unique way to serve.
    Thanks for sharing Sona.

  11. rava kesari looks tempting..Congrats sona, Wish you many more to come....

  12. Happy Birthday to bloggie!
    Love that peach color and your idea of putting the kesari in a mould instead of simply cutting into cubes.

  13. Congratulations on your blog's 2nd Anniversary!! Rava Kesari looks absolutely delicious, one such easy n scrumptious dessert to celeb any special occasion, perfectly done and neatly presented...

  14. Beautiful clicks..Tempting dessert.. Love your garnishing

  15. Very delicious, your clicks make it more tempting..

  16. omg super tempting rava kesari :) looks fabulous and lovely clicks dear !! wud love to finish them all :)

  17. Lovely kesari. looks so yum

  18. Congrats. kesari looks super yum

  19. Congratulations on 2 years of successful blogging dear! Wishing you many more years of happy blogging. Kesari looks Yum! One of my favorites

  20. congrats and the kesari looks tasty with delicate color:)

  21. Wow! Rava kesari looks very tempting and delicious.. Superb clicks.. Can I have a spoon plzz?

  22. Congrats on completing 2 years, delicious kesari..

  23. visiting your space for the first time. You have a great collection of recipes. Happy to follow you.

  24. congrats for completing 2years and this kesari is a perfect treat to celebrate, love the color, superb :-)

  25. Rava kesari looks delicious congrats on your blog baby's birthday.
    Please visit my new website: Zesty South Indian Kitchen

  26. congrats Sona.. Super tempting dish to celebrate the milestone


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