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Rava Kesari

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A simple and delicious South Indian sweet.
Rava Kesari

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.

Rava Kesari


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

Rava Kesari
5 from 5 votes

Rava Kesari Recipe

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

Ingredients for Rava Kesari

  • 1/2 cup Rava (Semolina)
  • handful Cashewnuts
  • handful Raisins
  • 3 tbsp 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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Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar founded Awesome Cuisine, a platform created in 2008 to showcase India's vibrant culinary heritage. A digital marketer by profession and a passionate food lover, Praveen has been exploring the world of food since his school days. With Awesome Cuisine, he combines his expertise in digital marketing with his deep love for food, sharing delicious recipes and inspiring others to appreciate the joy of cooking. Through Awesome Cuisine, he invites you to join him on a flavorful journey and discover the wonders of Indian cuisine.


Kichumolu July 11, 2013 - 11:32 am


shruthi March 5, 2013 - 9:14 am

good recipe.. helped in emergency……….

vaidegi December 1, 2011 - 4:37 am


vijay November 30, 2010 - 3:14 pm


sandhya October 31, 2010 - 6:26 am

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

Rama February 8, 2011 - 9:45 am

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.

sandhya October 31, 2010 - 6:23 am

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

Habiba October 26, 2010 - 11:00 am

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

Preeja Ganesh June 16, 2010 - 5:32 am

It is very excellent item and very easy to make.

mouni January 20, 2010 - 2:28 am

it’s really very easy n very yummy…..

silsila sabir January 15, 2010 - 8:20 am

very easy one

Timothy Immanuel November 28, 2009 - 3:11 pm

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

kumaraswamy June 17, 2009 - 7:52 am

simple way to make an emergency sweet

alimoula October 29, 2009 - 9:48 am

It tastes so nice all likedit and v v simple to prepare.Thanks a lot .


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