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Nov 12, 2013

Rava Kesari / Kesari Recipe - Easy Indian Sweet Recipes

Rava Kesari is a popular South Indian sweet that is made using Semolina/Sooji/Rava. It is made during all festive occasions & Weddings. This is a simple and quick sweet, you can make this sweet instantly if you have rava/sooji at home. This is one of the easiest & quick nivedyam. This Rava Kesari even makes a quick Cake to celebrate Birthday instantly. Have cut Kesari Cake few years and even this year for my husband's birthday i made this Kesari Cake since I was sick at that time. So prepared this Kesari cake instantly(see 4th collage pic)

I wanted to share this recipe for a long time, but every time one or the other reason prevented me to click. This is the first sweet recipe I learned to make and from the first time it was successful. As its very simple and also it can be prepared in 20 minutes, I often make this sweet for all special occasions. Recently made this on Diwali day and clicked few pictures to share here. I used only few drops of ghee for flavor so my rava kesari doesn't have the glossy, shiny texture and it looks dry like upma, but taste wise it was good and I am happy with the reduced calorie/fat :) I sometimes use oil also for this Rava Kesari. Either way it tasted good, but the addition of ghee makes it rich, delicious and flavorful sweet.

Preparation Time : 5 minutes Cooking Time : 20 minutes.
Serves : 4 

  1. Rava/Semolina/Sooji       1 cup *
  2. Sugar       3/4 cup or can add up to 1 cup
  3. Water    2 and 1/2 cup
  4. Cardamom Powder    1/4 tsp
  5. Ghee     3 tbsp or 1/4 cup
  6. Cashew Nuts      10 no.s
  7. Raisins      7 or 8 (optional)
  8. Kesari Powder/Orange food colour    a generous pinch

  • Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan, roast cashew nuts and raisins till golden brown and transfer it to a bowl and keep aside.
  • To the same pan, add 2 tsp oil and roast rava till light golden brown and flavor comes (2-3 minutes in medium heat)
  • After roasting, transfer it to a bowl/plate and keep aside.
  • Now to the pan add water, kesari powder, pinch of salt (optional) and bring it to boil.
  • Once it starts boiling, turn the heat to medium and slowly add rava and simultaneously keep stirring.
  • Stir well and allow rava to cook for a minute and then add sugar and cook till the sugar melts and mixed well.
  • Now add the remaining ghee and stir for another 1-2 minutes or until the kesari starts leaving the sides of the pan.
  • Lastly add cardamom powder and roasted cashew nuts, raisins mix well.
  • That's it...Delicious Rava Kesari ready. If you want you can transfer the entire kesari to a greased plate and spread it evenly and cut in to slices and serve.

* 1 cup , I used 160 ml cup but you can also use any cup/bowl/tumbler measurement. only the ratio - Rava:water - 1:2.5 and Rava:sugar - 1:1 or 1:0.5
You can add sugar equal to the amount of rava for more sweet but I prefer 3/4 cup or half of the sugar.
Adding more or less ghee is individual choice, at the same time don;t forget to roast Rava using ghee or oil.

This is off to Nalini's Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday Event.


  1. wow...semma click ...drooling kesari

  2. even for me it was the first sweet i learnt to make .. loved the presentation , especially the kesari heart cake..
    do visit me..

  3. I used to think that rava kesari is made same way as we make 'God Sheera'. This method is totally opposite, as we start with ghee, add roasted suji then water and lastly the sugar for Sheera. I will try this method to prepare this sweet sweet dish. Thanks for sharing!

  4. My kids all time fav, rava kesari beautifully made Sangeetha...

  5. my most favorite dessert aks... all time favorite... we too used to oil for kesari to reduce calories.. lovely presentation aks...

  6. Looks really nice and i'm so hungry i\ll go run and make some for myself now!

  7. kesari is always a comforting dessert... urs looks so good...

  8. Lovely recipe sangee. i too use oil sometimes.It helps to maintain the texture of kesari :)

  9. Rava Kesari is one of the sweets that I started making when I began cooking.. So simple yet divine sweet.. Yours looks so delicious and as usual beautifully presented, Sangee! Also love your idea of making kesari cake.. :)

  10. Guess its everyones first try... Kesari looks so yummy... Loved the reduced addition of ghee

  11. I love this hot and my daughter loves it too, yummy kesari, looks superb..

  12. Rava kesari is my favourite. Well prepared.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. Looks absolutely meltin mouth sweet sangeeee

  14. Hi, sangeetha am new to ur blog and new follower too!! Delecious halwa :) Visit mine when you get free

  15. love ur clicks.. easy and everyone's fav kesari.. :)

  16. awesome clicks n beautiful kesari cake, love it Sangee!!!

  17. very nice the way u presented its too cool :)

  18. Its really an awesome and fantastic recipe ever..and the way you have presented is also good thanks for posting and waiting for the next recipe..

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  19. It's traditional rava recipe sometimes we called suji halwa...

  20. thank you for this... nice one...really yummy...and a small tip..if u dont hav colr powder u can add a pinch turmeric powder... it will give lite yellow colr...:)


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