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Rava Kesari Recipe

Rava Kesari is a simple and quick dessert prepared with very basic ingredients semolina, sugar and clarified butter (ghee) infused with the rich flavor of saffron. It is a popular South Indian dessert. It is also prepared in North India with some variations and is known as Sooji ka Halwa or Sooji Sheera.

I have used milk to prepare Rava Kesari. I had not added any nuts or cardamom powder because I wanted kesar i.e. saffron to overpower the flavours. Although I have used enough saffron to flavour Rava Kesari but did not get the saffron colour because to get perfect saffron colour you will have to add food colouring, and I did not want to use food colouring. Instead, I added turmeric to give it a yellow colour.

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How To Make Rava Kesari/Sooji Halwa

1. Cook semolina(sooji) : In a pan heat 4 tbsp ghee. Add 1/2 cup semolina. Cook on low flame for 5-6 minutes till its aromatic and light brown in colour.


2. Add milk to semolina(sooji) : Take 2 tbsp milk out of 2 cups milk. It should be lukewarm. Add 8-10 saffron strands. Let them dissolve. Add the saffron milk and remaining milk to the roasted semolina. Keep the flame low.

Tips:using milk at room temperature would ensure that it doesn’t curdle.


3. Add sugar : Add 1 cup sugar. Add sugar gradually on a low flame. Keep stirring.


4. Add turmeric : Add a pinch of turmeric for a beautiful and natural yellow colour.


5. Cook Rava Kesari : Cook Rava Kesari stirring continuously on a low flame for 3-4 minutes. Cook till the ghee separates.


6. Bon appétit : Enjoy Rava Kesari .with your main course meal recipe



Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 4
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 4 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Trans Fat 4g
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 4g 8%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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