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Homemade rava kesari served in a silver plate garnished with cashews and raisins
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Rava Kesari

Rava kesari recipe is a traditional south Indian dessert or sweet semolina pudding with sooji, sugar and desi ghee or clarified butter It is easy to make perfect rava kesari is easy if you follow few tips and this recipe with step by step pictures you will be able to make best ones in just 20 minutes. Sooji halwa, kesari bath and rava kesari are similar desserts from various Indian states with small variations.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Rava kesari
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 609kcal
Author: Harini


  • 6 tablespoons ghee divided
  • 15 cashews
  • 2 teaspoons raisins
  • 1/2 cup semolina bombay rava/sooji
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons cardamom powder
  • a pinch red food coloring


  • Heat 2 tablespoons ghee in a heavy pan. Add 15 cashew nuts and 2 teaspoons raisins.
    roasting cashews and raisins in ghee
  • Fry until cashews turn golden and raisins turn plump. Remove to a plate.
    cashews and riasins roasted until golden brown
  • Now heat ghee again in the same pan and add 1/2 cup rava. Use fine sooji also known as Bombay rava. Start roasting rava in low flame. Roast continuously until rava turns aromatic and changes very slightly in color. Do not let it go brown or dark in color.
    roasting rava for kesari
  • Once the rava is roasted well, reduce the heat to lowest add 1.5 cups water, slow while stirring the rava continuously. It is very important to stir continuously else rava will form lumps as it gets cooked.
    cooking sooji in water
  • After adding water add a pinch of red food color if using or few strands of saffron. Also add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder or 3-4 crushed green cardamom pods.
    food color and cardamom powder addef
  • It will take around 7-8 minutes for sooji to absorb all the water and cook thoroughly. Cooked sooji will be fluffy and soft. Now add another 2 tablespoons ghee.
    more ghee added
  • Mix well for ghee to coat the cooked sooji properly.
    sooji cooked until soft and fluffy for kesari
  • Now add 3/4 cup sugar. I add 3/4 cup sugar for 1/2 cup sooji as we like sweeter dish. You can also add 1/2 cup sugar for mildly sweet dish or even 1 cup as my mom does, it is very sweet for me though.
    sugar added to make rava kesari recipe
  • After adding sugar, as you mix you will notice the dish becomes thin as the sugar dissolves.
    sugar mixed with cooked rava
  • Now add the remaining 2 tablespoons ghee.
    more ghee added
  • Mix well and cook in medium heat for another 4-5 minutes or until ghee is released from the sides.
    how to make rava kesari
  • Finally add the fried nuts and mix. Remove from flame.
    fried nuts added to kesari
  • Serve rava kesari hot. You can also spread it on a greased plate and cut out into diamonds or use moulds like I did for desired shape.
    closeup shot of rava kesari


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 609kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg