Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rava Kesari


Navarathri has begun! The festival season brings in so many fond memories. My daughter especially loves it. During the 4 years we lived in S. G. Palaya, Bangalore, we had so much fun during this season. Actually, round the whole year, every Friday a few of us friends would get together at one house and recite Lalitha Sahasthranamam, prepare and offer some prasadam to Devi and return with a donnai of Sundal and some sweet. During Navarathri, this ritual would be done on all nine days but in a more grand, festive and colorful way.  Arranging Golus, reciting Lalitha Sahasthranamam, preparing neivedyams, dressing up in sarees, dressing up my little one, visiting other houses for vettali paaku and bringing home a bag of goodies. All of us used to take special care and purchase something for our little friends (Kids) who used to accompany their mothers and grandmothers. So that was the reason for my daughter’s happiness. She would very readily get ready for these sessions on all nine days of the festival. Oh! How I miss those days!



Coming back to the present, here in Hyderabad, though I did keep Golu, last year, since my younger daughter was really little (8 Months), but I couldn’t feel the festivity. And this year, my lil one has grown into mischievous young girl, that I can’t even imagine opening my box of dolls. So my dolls are all lying packed neatly in the loft of my houseL. Instead, I just placed one doll in my Puja shelf and am performing Pooja and neivedyams to that.

Yesterday was the first day, and I started with my favorite sweet dish – Kesari. This is known by many names all over India, some know it as Sheera and some call it Sooji Ka Halwa. There are different variations to this simple recipe, like Milk Kesari, Pineapple Kesari etc. Here is my version of the simple and yummy sweet dish that gets done in just a few minutes.

Serves:  4 to 6

What you’ll need:

1.       Rava/Sooji/Semolina – 1 cup
2.       Sugar – 2 cups
3.       Ghee – ¼ cup
4.       Water – 3 cups
5.       Cardamom/Elaichi – 3 to 4
6.       Cahews – few
7.       Raisins – few
8.       Orange food color – a pinch (optional)



Method

Heat a non stick pan or a heavy bottom Kadai, with the ghee. Fry the cashews and raisins. Once the cashews turn slightly golden, add the semolina and fry on medium heat till the color changes slightly and a nice aroma starts coming.

 In the meanwhile, boil 3 cups of water and keep ready. Reduce heat to low, add the boiling water, and a pinch of colour to the semolina, while stirring continuously. Cover with lid and cook on low heat for 2 minutes or till all the water has dried up.

Next add the sugar and stir well. Keep stirring till the sugar is dissolved completely and the semolina and sugar becomes a whole mass and leaves the sides of the Kadai. Add powdered cardamom and mix well.

That’s it, yummy kesari is ready. Serve warm.



Note:

  1. The amount of sugar mentioned is right for us, you can reduce to 1 cup or increase max upto 3 cups depending upon your taste.
  2. Also you can reduce the quantity of ghee by a tbsp or so if you feel like.
  3. Some people also add a cup of milk with water. But somehow I prefer adding only water and this way it has a shelf life of minimum two days.
Linking this to Vrat ka Khana, hosted by Kalyani.
Also linking this Food Palette Series Finale - Rainbow Colors hosted by Akeela
And to Flavors of South India, hosted by Nayana

22 comments:

Ramya said...

the very thought of navratri brings Kesari to my mind...happy festive season to you and family

divya said...

omg...this is absolutely delicious..:)

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking kesari beautiful colour hope you can join the food palette series rainbow colours

Priya said...

Happy Navarathri wishes Kaveri, kesari is my fav anytime,lovely presentation..

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

I love this version. In fact I made it yesterday as my little one loves it too :)

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said...

Wow!,Yummy luking kesari on display.Luv to taste it at once.Yummy presentation.

Nisha said...

Kesari looks totaly delicious

Ammu's said...

Lovely dish.. I'm a big fan of it..

Torviewtoronto said...

thank you for linking this delicious looking dessert

RAKS KITCHEN said...
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RAKS KITCHEN said...

Hoohoo...always love yellow colour for kesari, looks so yummy kaveri! Happy navratri :)

SouthIndianHome said...

Rava kesari looks delicious.Happy Navarathri

Priti said...

Kesari looks so yum ...I wish to have that plate

Vidhya said...

Kesari looks fabulous.Happy Navarathri.

khushi said...

hey do check the events and participate :)
Event :My Diwali My Way
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Kalpana Sareesh said...

wow yummy looking kesari..

Sudha Sabarish said...

Happy Navratiri Kaveri.Rava kesari is too good and yummy.Pics are nice

Prathibha said...

I loved d color of ur kesari..looks yumm

Prathima Rao said...

Yes...its festive time & this rava kesari is the perfect sweet to treat ourselves & the guests!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Santosh Bangar said...

kesri is yum and inviting

Neha said...

I am sure your daughter loved the navratri for all the goodies...WE as small girls always looked forward for it...Kesari looks yummy...

Patricia Torres said...

ooohh.. this is my favourite.. and it brings fond memories of the navratri season back home..

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