Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Rava Kesari/Rawa kesari (kesari bath)

This Rava Kesari is a south Indian sweet. Rava means suji or semolina and kesari means saffron. In karnataka it is called as kesari bath. The savoury version is kara bath or uppit/upma. Both the sweet and savoury versions are served together and that is known as chow chow bath (mixture bath). Rava kesari is also served with pongal, vada, chutney, sambar or idli, vada, chutney, sambar at breakfast. Both the combos are simply perfect. Oh !!! A lavish south Indian breakfast ! May it be an evening tiffin or even special celebrations, this Rava kesari is always there. For sweet food lovers, this one is simply perfect and easy. Here goes the recipe...

Elachi - 6 nos
Cashew nuts - 8 nos
Raisins - 6 nos
Saffron strands - 1 pinch
Milk - 4 tbsp
Water - 2-3 cups
Powdered sugar - 1/2 cup
Roasted rava - 1 cup
Ghee - 4 tbsp

Heat ghee, in a not stick stew pot. Fry the elachi till it gives out the aroma, after that discard them. Now in the same ghee, add cashew nuts and fry till light brown, add the raisins and give a stir. Add 2-3 cups of water and bring it to boil. Boil about 4 tbsp milk separately and dissolve the saffron strands in it. Now add this into the cashew, raisin and water mixture. Add the powdered sugar along with roasted rava with constant stirring and cook till the water is fully evaporated. Now this is done. Garnish with cashews , saffron strands etc. and serve.

Some prefer to add kesari powder. In that case, it should be added to the boiling water. The milk and saffron strand may be excluded from the recipe.


  1. Love the color..looks so delicious and tempting...always think of making..today I am going to do this...this is irresistible.


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