Indian recipe for a dessert which has a gorgeous kesari color and distinct fruity flavor, is pineapple kesari. It can be said to be a sooji halwa which is infused with the flavor of pineapple, with a hint of saffron. It is a sheera recipe which carries a very distinct flavor, which is liked by one and all. Generally, kids are fond of pineapple cake, therefore, even kids like this sooji recipe. It is not only healthy but also an easy sweet recipe. Kesari, is a simple yet such a satisfying dessert. It doesn’t call be many ingredients or too much time. Further kesari recipe or sheera recipe is totally fuss-free and very forgiving. It can be prepared in less than 20 minutes and is an absolute delight.
Kesari, as sheera recipe, calls for a handful of ingredients which are easily available in every pantry. And who doesn’t know how to make sooji halwa?! Kesari is a variation of sooji halwa. Here is all that is required for this recipe:
Sooji/ Semolina: Sooji recipes /suji recipes are so common. There are plenty of breakfast recipes using sooji. Even desserts, such as suji halwa recipe/sheera recipe are very popular.
Pineapple: This is one fruit which is hardly disliked by anyone. It is so refreshing. I have used fresh pineapple; you can also go for the canned one. At times when the pineapple I not sweet enough to be eaten raw, I make pineapple kesari or pineapple juice. In fact, I also make this easy dessert for the parties I host and it is a hit every time.
Other ingredients: Remaining ingredients are the same as for any sheera recipe, i.e. ghee/clarified butter, sugar, water etc.
Sooji halwa recipe is one of the simplest dessert recipes. Likewise, carrot halwa recipe is one of the classic recipes. Rava kesari recipe is another kesari recipe you can make when you are short of pineapple. You might also like our collection of sooji recipes.
Serve it as a dessert after a hearty meal.
1.This recipe serves 5-6 persons, if served as a dessert, i.e. small portions.
2.Heat 2 tbsp ghee. Add in a handful of cashews and fry on low flame till golden.
3.Next add in a handful of raisins and cook till they puff up.
4.Next add ½ cup semolina. Cook on low flame.
5.Cook till the raw smell goes away. Do not let the color change.
6.Simultaneously heat 1 and ½ cup water. Add in 5-6 saffron strands. Also add in ½ cup of chopped pineapple. Cook till the pineapple pieces become slightly soft, which will take approximately 4-5 minutes.
7.Add in the pineapple syrup to the roasted semolina.
8.Next goes in ¾ cup of sugar.
9.Also add the fried cashews and raisins.
10.Cook till the pineapple kesari is almost ready. Add in 2 tsp ghee.
11.Cook till the ghee oozes from the sides.
12.Serve hot/warm or at room temperature. Bon appetit!
PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME 25 minutes
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