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Rava Kesari Recipe

Written By Angela Steffi on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 11:07:00 PM

Rava Kesari is a classic recipe of Tamil Nadu made with rava / Sooji and sugar. This is the only recipe which goes excellent with breakfast, lunch ,can be had as an evening snack and also goes with dinner. This rava kesari is often served in all the weddings and functions , this is the first sweet recipe I made in my cooking career. This is very simple and easy to make and I guarantee you that this recipe will never fail on you. 
We can make lot of variations in this recipe, we can add pineapple chunks to it to make Pineapple kesari, mangoes to make mango kesari, apples to make apple kesari and the combinations are endless....  


Serving Size      : 4 people

Cooking Time   : 20 minutes

Quantity Ingredients for Rava Kesari Recipe
1 cup Sooji / Rava / Semolina
1 cupSugar
4 -5 tbsp Ghee
15 Cashew nuts
2 tbsp Raisins
1 pinch Orange food color (optional)
2 cupsWater (or 1 cup water + 1 cup milk)

Cooking Method

Step 1) Add some Ghee in a pan and roast cashews first,once it turn golden add the raisins and roast until they are ballooned, do not burn them (they will taste bitter if burnt).
Transfer this to a plate and then add 1 more tbsp of ghee to the pan and then add
the sooji and roast it nicely until you get a nice aroma and golden color.It will take around 8-10 minutes.when it obtains golden color remove the pan from heat and immediately transfer it to a plate to prevent browning.

Step 2) And again in the same pan add water. For this recipe I have taken two cups of water for 1 cup of rawa. However if you prefer a more creamy and richer kesari you can use 1 cup of water and 1 cup of milk for every cup of rawa. or you can use 3 cups of water for little soft kesari.
Once the water comes to a boil gradually add the roasted rava and and keep stirring to prevent lumps once you get a lump free mixture cook until all the water is absorbed by the rawa

Step 3) Once all the water has been absorbed by the rava/ sooji gradually add Sugar and mix well.The ratio of Rava to sugar can be adjusted according to your sweet preference, A ratio of 1:1 ie 1 cup of sugar for 1 cup of rawa is preferred by most people. However if you prefer a moderate sweetness you can use ¾ cup of sugar per cup of rawa. You can adjust the sweetness somewhere from ¾ cup to 2 cups of sugar for every 1 cup of rava / Sooji.
Add food color if you prefer , dissolve some color powder in water and then add to get even distribution.

Step 4) Next add the rest of the ghee, cardamom powder, roasted nuts and incorporate well ,Adding Ghee at the end of the recipe enhances the taste and the flavor of the recipe also it prevents the kesari from sticking to your hands.

Our Delicious and Yummy Rava kesari is ready to be served. As I mentioned earlier you can serve this dessert with any breakfast recipes.This is more tastier than regular kesari and taste much better.
Happy Cooking Friends:)



Rava Kesari is a classic recipe of Tamil Nadu made with rava / Sooji and sugar. This is the only recipe which goes excellent with breakfast, lunch ,can be had as an evening snack and also goes with dinner.
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    For Kesari
  • 1 cup Rava
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 4 -5 tbsp Ghee
  • 15 Cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp Raisins
  • 1 pinch Orange food color
  • 2 cups Water

  1. Melt ghee and roast the nuts
  2. Roast rava until fragrant
  3. Heat water and add the rava
  4. Add sugar and cook.
  5. Finally add food color, ghee, roasted nuts and cardamom powder
  6. Our delicious Rava kesari recipe is ready to be served..

About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


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