Rava Kesari

Rava Kesari (Semolina Pudding)

Rava Kesari or Sooji Halwa is very simple Indian dessert tastes like heaven. This can be prepared on any day. Rava/Semolina is the main ingredient. It is found in Indian grocery or in Asian food aisle. The recipe take less than 15 min, with very few ingredients.  Making is just a breeze, tastes excellent. Kesari usually orange in color by adding food color, but this is totally optional.
Sooji halwa

Rava/semolina/sooji - 1 cup.
water - 2 cup
Sugar - 1 cup.
Ghee - 2 tbsp and 2 tsp.
cashew nut - 5
Raisins - 5
green cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
orange food color - optional.

1. Roast the rava in a dry pan atleast for 2-3 min.
2. When rava get nice aroma, remove rava from  the pan.
3. In the same pan, add 2 cups of water.
4. When the water is about to boil, you will see small bubbles along the sides of the pan.
5. On medium heat, add the rava little by little, and keep stirring the water continuously so that they don't form lumps.
6. Cook uncovered on medium heat. When the rava is fully cooked and water is almost evaporated, add the sugar little by little.
7. If you sugar in the beginning, the rava can form lumps.
8. After add all the sugar, add 2 tbps of ghee and cardamom powder and stir the kesari for 1-2 min.
9. Remove the kesari from heat, In another pan, add 2 tsp of ghee and add cashews and raisins when the ghee is hot.
10. Add the roasted cashews and raisins and remaining ghee to the kesari.


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I started learning cooking from my grandmother, Mrs. Gunaseeli, who gave me her recipes and tips and some measurement tools for making them. The red measuring cup that I use in my recipes was once owned by my granny. My grandmother is very passionate about cooking and travel. She has written many cook books. This blog is one way to document her writing and to make it available for everyone.