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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Rava Kesari | Suji ka Halwa | (Semolina Fudge)

Just thinking about this sweet makes me drool. One of the reasons why I love Indian Cuisine is this Kesari. :-) Especially the ones that are loaded with Ghee/Clarified Butter. They taste the best. Of course, that means you have to restrict yourself to miniscule amounts; but so what?! Its better to eat sinful delights in moderate quantities than eat boring salads in large quantities! ;-)
Kesari is a sweet made out of Indian Semolina flour. Its highly popular and you'll find the sweet served in many festivals and functions. Traditionally, we use Saffron threads to bring out a lovely orange color and a divine smell in the sweet. But since saffron is ridiculously expensive, a lot of people prefer using Orange food coloring instead.

(Print this Recipe)
Difficulty Level: Medium
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Semolina / Suji / Rava – 1 cup
Ghee (Clarified) Butter – 1 cup
Sugar – 2 cups
Water – 3 cups
Cashew nuts – 10
Raisins -10
Orange color / Saffron Streaks –a pinch

Method -
Dry roast semolina for a few seconds till it gets slightly heated. (Do not roast more than that)
Heat a little ghee, fry cashew nuts, raisins and keep it aside.

Add half a cup of Ghee, add semolina flour and cook for a few minutes.

Meanwhile, boil water
Add 3 cups of boiling water to the semolina and mix well. KEEP STIRRING CONTINUOUSLY

Add a pinch of kesari powder / orange color / Saffron & cardamom powder mix well

Soon, the water will start reducing and and a thick mixture is formed

Simmer and cook for about  8-10 minutes (Mix frequently to avoid lumps)
After the semolina mixture gets cooked (you can tell when it is done. the raw smell of semolina goes away), add sugar and mix well till it dissolves.

You'll notice that once the sugar is added and it starts meltiing, the mixture becomes loose and easier to work with

Keep stirring for another 5-10 minutes to avoid lumps.
Add the remaining ghee / clarified butter and mix everything well. Look for a solid yet smooth consistency.

Add half the cashews and raisins & mix well.

Garnish it with remaining cashew nuts and raisins
Serve in a bowl; or -
You could transfer it to a plate, let it cool and cut into squares and serve in bite sized pieces too.
Enjoy! :-)
Add a few pineapple pieces with the semolina in step 5 and cook both together to get a pineapple flavored Sheera.
Useful Tip:
The secret to getting that luscious consistency is to keep stirring... 


  1. I love this kesari very much too and thanks for linking this to the event Kavi dear.

  2. Love this.....yummy looking kesari

  3. Rava kesari looks so delicious..

  4. KESARI!! WOW :) I badly want to have it. Missing mom now :"(

  5. wow...fantastic preperation dear yummy...

  6. wow delicious kesari,u made it perfectly...

  7. Kavi, did you make that seriously, or was it your mom?? :D
    I've always been a lover of this sweet, and we generally have it in South Indian Joints in Bangalore. I always wanted to make it, but had not known any authentic recipe. Also, we make Sooji Ka Halwa which is quite similar to this, except the Kesari part, but the method is pretty different. Now I'm having a big push from a young girl to try this, and I sure will. Thanks for linking this to my event and sharing this authentic recipe. :)
    BTW, the halwa looks awesome, so shiny, so orangy!! :)

  8. Soooo colourful and delicious..

  9. Kesari looks super delicious, my daughter loves this..

  10. simple and yummy dessert and i love to have this anytime.Nicely done

  11. This is my favorite one..I love it..Bookmarked


  12. beautiful kesari!the colour..the richness comes through so beautifully!

  13. I also make sheera at least once a week for my kids and its a fight with my determination to stop dunking a spoon now and then into this devil. We do not use any color and cook with milk and I do not use so much ghee if making for just us, if we have any occasion, then yes, as any amount of ghee will only make it better. My mom made this when we had IMP exams. so eat this as it helps in studying.
    Love Ash.

  14. Looks awesome, we make it without the kesar, time I tried it with the kesar.

  15. I love kesari too.. Nice clicks Kavi. And thanks for linking up dear

  16. Quickest n Yummiest dessert ever, luvd the beautiful clicks n lovely presentation Kavi :)
    I prefer adding low-fat milk instead of water n obviously very less ghee(not more than 2tsp) ;)

  17. OMG drooling here....perfectly made

  18. Rava kesari is one of my all-time favourite sweets. Yours looks terrific and perfectly made! Great recipe and thanks for sharing. :)

  19. Wow, very very very tempting kesari, long time since I made, loved the pics very much!

  20. All time favorite. Thx for linking this yummy dessert to the event.

    Event: Sweet Luv
    Event: Strawberries

  21. Always love this..looks very tempting,yummy!!

    Erivum Puliyum

  22. Nice delicious rava kesari !! looks wonderful !! Thanks forlinking to the event !!

    Ongoing event CC-Dish For Loved Ones

  23. looks fabulous! great recipe chef!

  24. Loved the bright colour & you've perfectly made! Thanks for sharing with my event!

  25. My all time favourite looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for linking...

  26. i loved ye blog honey!! its so good...

  27. Looovveeee it!!! Best looking kesari ever!

  28. Seriously, how did I not know about your blog. Thank you very much for the nice comments. I love kesari and will make it shamelessly any number of times and eat it pipping hot.

    I was looking at your kadai/ chutti and it looks very nice. Wonder where you got that big a wok from.

  29. Wowieeee! Best looking dish ever!

  30. luukking very.......nice..........


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