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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 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 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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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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