Rava Kesari

Diwali, Janmashtami, Kesari 14 comments

Rava Kesari is a popular South Indian sweet made during special occasions and festivals. Made using rava (semolina), ghee and cashewnuts, it is soft and very easy to make. Served as a breakfast item or as a dessert during festivals, it is a simple dish that can be made in a jiffy.

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A variation of this recipe is the pineapple kesari, check out its recipe: Pineapple Kesari Recipe

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5 from 1 vote

Rava Kesari Recipe

A simple and delicious South Indian sweet.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: South Indian
Keyword: kesari

Ingredients for Rava Kesari

  • 1/2 cup Rava (Semolina)
  • handful Cashewnuts
  • handful Raisins
  • 3 tblsp Ghee
  • a pinch Kesari Powder
  • 2 Cloves optional
  • 1 cup Sugar

For Frying the cashewnuts and raisins

  • 1 tsp Ghee

How to make Rava Kesari

  • Heat 1 tblsp of ghee in a pan.
  • Fry the rava till it turns light pink.
  • Remove and keep aside.
  • Add 2 cups of water to the pan and add the kesari powder.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Add the fried rava and mix well, stirring from time to time.
  • Cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until the rava is cooked.
  • Add the sugar and mix well until it dissolves fully.
  • Add the remaining ghee and cook till the rava starts to leave the sides of the pan.
  • In a small frying pan, heat 1 tsp of ghee.
  • Fry the cashewnuts and raisins.
  • Sprinkle this on top of the kesari and serve at once.


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  1. tasty..

  2. good recipe.. helped in emergency……….

  3. hmmm

  4. Excellent………..

  5. Main ingredient is missing…it is milk instead of water.. will make recipe more tasty

    • The kesari came out very well.
      @sandhya – authentic rava kesari doesn’t need milk. The north Indian version called sheera is the one that has milk as the cooking base.

  6. main ingredient of real kesari is milk instead of water. pls try

  7. Thanks to Awesomecuisine.com. for the very yummy,delicious and so easy dessert.

  8. Preeja Ganesh

    It is very excellent item and very easy to make.

  9. it’s really very easy n very yummy…..

  10. silsila sabir

    very easy one

  11. Timothy Immanuel

    hey good recipe. but would be good if you could also specify how many people it would serve. just a suggestion.

  12. kumaraswamy

    simple way to make an emergency sweet

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