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Rava Kesari

Updated: Jun 11

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Rava Kesari

Total cooking time

40 minutes



Number of servings


Rava Kesari is a popular and delicious South Indian sweet made from rava or semolina. This is actually semolina pudding. It is served as breakfast in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The word Kesari means orange color. The orange color is formed by adding saffron or orange food color. Instead of going with artificial food color, you can choose natural color agents. This dish is a mouth melting dessert. Rava Kesari is used as dessert in functions. It is also used during pooja’s. Now let us move to the recipe part. I had also shared some tips to be noted while making Rava kesari at the end of the recipe.


  1. Rava/Semolina – 1 cup

  2. Ghee – 3/4 cup

  3. Water – 3.5 cups

  4. Cashew and Raisins – as per your wish

  5. Sugar – 1 cup

  6. Orange food color- optional

Method of preparation

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon ghee in a kadai

  2. Roast raisins and cashew nut in the ghee

  3. Transfer the roasted raisins and cashew nut to a plate

  4. Now roast the rava in that ghee in low flame till the aroma of the rava comes out

  5. Transfer the roasted rava to another plate

  6. Add 3.5 cups of water to the kadai and boil

  7. Add 1/4 cup of ghee to the boiling water

  8. Add roasted rava to it

  9. Mix well till the water gets absorbed. Make sure that no lumps are formed

  10. Add 1 cup of sugar to it

  11. Stir well and make sure that the sugar dissolves completely

  12. Add the remaining half cup of ghee to it

  13. Stir continuously so that no lumps are formed

  14. Simmer it for 2 minutes by closing the lid

  15. You can see that the kesari is getting detached from the pan.It means that our kesari is almost ready

  16. Mix cashew nut and raisins with it

  17. Our rava kesari is ready to serve

Tips to be noted :

  1. While roasting rava, make sure that the color of the rava does not changes

  2. Add Rava only after the water gets completely boiled

  3. Add sugar only after the roasted rava gets completely cooked in water

  4. Follow the correct measurement of ingredients

  5. If you are using food color, add it to the boiling water.

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