Kesari is an easy and delicious sweet that can be prepared in very little time incase we suddenly have guests over. It’s typically very famous for being served during the “ponnu paakara”(tradition where a prospective grooms family comes to the bride’s house to get to know the girl) ceremony along with hot bajjis. This is a traditional south indian way of preparing the dish, but there are a few variants of the same that’s made in North India which I’ll be sharing soon.

Rava Kesari

This is the traditional sweet dish of South India
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: kesari, rava, south indian, sweet dish
Yield: 5 People
Author: Srimathi Sundararaman


  • 1 Cup Rava (Semolina)
  • 1 Cup Ghee
  • 2 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • Few Cashewnuts
  • Raisins (Optional)
  • 3 Numbers Cardamom crushed or cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp Food color (lime yellow or light orange)


  • Heat three cups of water and let it boil
  • Take a kadai and heat two tbsp ghee
  • Fry the cashew nuts till it is roasted drain and keep it aside
  • Add two more tbsp of ghee and start roasting the rava
  • Add water little by little and keep on stirring. Be careful that no lumps are formed
  • Keep on stirring the rava till it gets cooked
  • Now add the sugar and keep on stirring till the sugar gets dissolved
  • Now add the food color
  • Add the crushed cardamom
  • Now add the roasted cashews
  • Pour the remaining ghee over it and keep on stirring until the mixture reaches a semi solid consistency. Don't wait for it to become too hard as the kesari will solidify as it cools.
  • Now the kesari is ready to be served. Enjoy the hot rava kesari


I have used light yellow food color as my daughter likes this color. You can use even light orange color if you want.
If you want to add raisins fry the same along with cashews and add to the kesari mixture at the time of adding the cashews.
If you feel the sweetness will be on the higher side you can reduce the sugar to two cups

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