Rava Kesari | Sooji Kesari

Posted on November 2nd, 2010

We celebrated our dear son’s star birthday and ayush homam at our home. I prepared rava kesari for neivedhyam. Skandhu enjoyed his birthday celebrations and we felt very happy and contended :)

Rava kesari is an easiest sweet recipe that can be made in a jiffy! Some dont roast the rava before making kesari. But I prefer roasting rava in ghee until it turns brownish in color and leaves out a sweet aroma!

Rava Kesari

Rava Kesari

Rava (sooji): 1 cup
Water: 1.75 cups
Sugar: 1 cup
Ghee: 3-4 tbsps
Cashews: few
Dates(optional): few (chopped)
Kesari powder/orange color (optional): 1/4 tsp
Cardamom (Elachi) powder: 1/4 tsp


  • I have not used kesari powder/orange color in this recipe. I prefer to the have the golden brown color of the roasted rava itself.
  • I have added dates to kesari. This again is a personal preference :)
  • I like to have a jam like consistency for the kesari. You can even add 2 cups of water for a loose consistency.
  • Use non-stick pan for easy stirring.

Preparation Method:

  • Heat a tbsp of ghee in a pan.
  • Roast cashews and dates till it turns slightly brown in color.
  • Allow it cool and keep it aside.
  • Heat a tbsp of ghee and roast rava till it turns golden brown in color.
  • Transfer it to a plate and allow it to cool.
  • Add water in the pan and allow it to boil.
  • Now add sugar, kesari powder and cardamom powder.
  • Once the sugar dissolves, add roasted rava.
  • This should be done slowly with continuous stirring so as to avoid forming lumps.
  • Close the pan and allow the rava to cook for a few minutes.
  • Once kesari starts thickening, add the remaining ghee and keep on stirring for few minutes until the rava gets cooked completely.
  • Remove it from the stove top and garnish with the roasted cashews and dates.
  • Enjoy the yummy dates rava kesari :)

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4 Responses to “Rava Kesari | Sooji Kesari”

  1. chan Says:

    If the rava is already brownish,Kesari Powder-is it not redundent?
    All I know is spare the ghee and spoil the Kesari.Prefer thebig granules rave to the nice one!
    The algorithm of preparation is thorough!
    Hope when sometime you are here I geta chance to taste it !
    What has skandhu to say about it? May be he prefers this for breakfast!!
    KK Chan


    • Anu Says:

      Thanks Chan Kaka! I shall definitely prepare the kesari for you :) Lalli mousi and you are most welcome to our home! Do try to come to our place when you visit Anila next time :)

      Skandhu enjoys what ever his mom makes for him (with love) ;) You are absolutely rite, rava kesari tastes great with big rava. Unfortunately I have not seen them here :|


  2. chan Says:

    That is what I guessed about Skandhu! Thanks for the offer! May be that too works!



  3. Hari Chandana Says:

    Yummy kesari.. looks perfect !!


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