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Rava Kesari | Semolina Pudding | Indian Dessert

This is one of the easy, quick and simplest Indian dessert made with rava or sooji i.e. semolina. In southern part of India, it is called as Kesari and in northern part of India called as Sheera or Sooji ka Halwa. This Rava Kesari is irresistible when it’s homemade; there are no artificial flavors and colors used in this recipe. To learn this amazing drooling and delightful sweet dish check out our step by step photo recipe.

Rava Kesari

In south Indian languages the color orange called as "Kesari" and this dish mostly looks like orange tone due to food coloring. I hope, that is the reason kesari name stuck to this dish!. 

As I remember, this sweet dish is a must in special occasions like, the very first function in the wedding i.e. after the horoscopes matches, the bride groom visit the bride house, and the girl family serves this wonderful remarkable sweet dish to the guests. In Tamil this function called as “Ponnu Pakkura Function”. 

Here is the recipe!!


Semolina/ Rava – 1 cup
Sugar – 1 ¼ cups
Water – 1 ½ cups
Milk – ½ cups
Condensed Milk – ¼ cup (Optional)
Almond/ Badam – 1 tbsp
Cashews Nuts / Kaju – 1 tbsp
Raisins/ Kismis – 1 tbsp
Salt – a Pinch
Clarified Butter/ Ghee – 2 tbsp


Put a heavy bottom pan on the range and heat clarified butter. Fry the cashews, almond and raisins.

once they are start turning slight dark color; add the rava/semolina and roast them nicely till you get nice aroma or till rava turns to faint pink color. Stir it continuously or else rava stick to the bottom of the pan very quickly and it will burn.

Add the sugar and mix it nicely

Add the water, milk, pinch of salt and stir continuously and cook the rava mixture. This will take 3 to 4 minutes. 

Reduce the flame to medium and stir the mixture slowly. Add 1 tbsp of clarified butter and mix it nicely. This improves taste and also helps to leave the mixture from the pan fast.

When the mixture starts to leave and not sticking to sides of the pan means it is done. Switch off the gas.


If you are using condensed milk then reduce the quantity of sugar
Water is very much necessary otherwise the kesari will be hardens on cooing  
If you like to give color to the kesari, then add the food color in 4th step

Rava Kesari

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