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Feb 10, 2013

Pomegranate Semolina Pudding / Pomegranate Rava Kesari - Easy Valentine Indian Sweet!!

Today's recipe is a classic Indian sweet, Rava Kesari but made using fresh Pomegranate Juice and i named it as Pomegranate Semolina Pudding. I too wanted to share some sweets/desserts as Valentine special recipes. But becoz of the weather really not in a mood to eat sweets/desserts always my mind crave for some hot n spicy curry, crunchy snack and warm soup. But at the same time i wanted to share a sweet with pink or red touch then suddenly got an idea to make one of the easy and quick Indian sweet, Rava Kesari. So for blog sake i made this sweet today :)

First i thought to make kesari using strawberries to get a nice pink colour but the strawberries were bit sour So i changed my mind to try it with Pomegranate juice. But i was worried about the taste and called my mom. First She was so excited and appreciated me for my creativity. Then told me to proceed and also shared the sugar, juice n rava measurement. After talking to my mom i got some confident and proceeded my cooking, to my surprise it came out so well and my kids too loved it. It tasted same like regular rava kesari with very very light sour taste here n there.

I have already shared a similar sweet using semolina/rava cocoa combination - Chocolate Semolina Pudding. checkout the link for chocolate rava kesari :)
  1. Semolina/Rava/Sooji      1/2 cup
  2. Pomegranate Juice      1 and 1/2 cup (i used fresh juice)
  3. Sugar     1/2 cup
  4. Salt    a pinch
  5. Cardamom Powder    1/4 tsp
  6. Ghee/Oil/Butter      1 tsp + 1/2 tsp to roast rava
  7. Roasted Nuts & Raisins    as needed
  • Take pom seeds from one Pomegranate and put in the blender, add little water and blend to a smooth juice then strain it using mesh strainer and keep the juice aside.
  • Now heat 1/2 tsp oil in a pan, then add semolina and roast for 1-2 minutes or till flavor comes and it turns light golden brown.
  • once done remove from the stove and transfer to a plate and keep aside.
  • Then pour fresh pom juice to the pan and bring it to boil, once it starts boiling add semolina and keep stirring.
  • After a minute it will start thicken like upma, now add sugar and keep stirring for another 2-3 minutes or until the sugar smell leaves.
  • At the stage add ghee and cardamom powder and stir for a minute and switch off the flame.
  • If u want u can add roasted cashews and raisins now, but i skipped since i planned to cut out to heart shape.
  • If u want to shape it, as soon switch off the stove transfer the kesari to a greased plate and spread it and allow to cool or refrigerate. After cooling cut into desired shapes and serve chilled.

Do not add ghee/butter more than the mentioned quantity since the fruit flavor is dominant it won;t taste good with more ghee.
If u want your kesari to be mushy n halwa like texture then add 2 cups of water.
I have made the kesari using pomegranate juice but u can also make it using half water n half juice - 3/4 cup water n 3/4 cup juice.
Or if u want a plain kesari then skip pom juice and add water n desired food color and follow the method

Sending this recipe to Vardhini's Sweet Luv 2013 event, Priya's Valentine's Day Recipe Contest and to Sending this recipe to the event, Passion On Plate Giveaway Event hosting by Faiza kader.


  1. Delicious semolina pudding.. Perfect color and shape for Valentines day.. Love the cute heart shapes you have made with the kesari.. :)

  2. delicious pudding, looks absolutely yummy and lovely presentation.

  3. wonderful recipe... fabulous presentation...

  4. Cute little pudding, Sangee I can see lot of creativeness for this valentine year :)

  5. wow very lovely cute heart presentation... must be delicious kesari akka... well made..

  6. Valentine's day special looks so yummy. Like kutty kutty hearts...

  7. wow nice idea of using POM in kesari, so cute puddings, lovely Valentine treat Sangee :-)

  8. Wow...looks gorgeous ....wonderful presentation... :-)

  9. Lovely variation to the regular kesari...Your beautiful presentation is very apt for Valentine's day.

  10. this is really innovative to add pom juice in kesari.. btw lovely lovely clicks.. :)

  11. Very nice idea Sangee. Neat clicks and beautiful presentation

  12. Lovely and cute valentine treat Sangee, such pretty pics.... Happy Valentine's to a lovely couple

  13. Interesting valentine day special.. Love the pic

  14. Beautiful Pink background and such an innovative recipe, never thought of Pomegranate kesari akka, thanks for mentioning my name and sangee akka's name here :) So sweet of u!!! Loved the cute heart shapes and lovely clicks... Am waiting to try this akka :)

  15. delicious and yummy pudding.nice 1 to celebrate.....

  16. wow...
    looks very cute dear :)
    love the idea of using pomegranate juice, gr8 recipe.

  17. looks delicious! stunning pics


  18. cute presentation and liked those cute little hearts too :)

  19. looks inviting and innovative,loved the color of the kesari..

  20. so cute n innovative. looks so yumm

  21. wonderful recipe dear

    Thank you for the lovely and tasty entries at my event. Waiting for more

  22. Lovely idea, looks so cute and pretty !!

  23. Wow that looks so beautiful, luvly presentation dear.

  24. such an innovative recipe... i can never think like this... perfect.. when everybody is going strawberries and chocolate this valentines.. lovely!

  25. wow awesome presentation...very innovative...

  26. wow super presentation , and nice clicks


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