Rava Kesari
Semolina Halwa

इस व्यंजन को हिन्दी में पढ़ें

Rava Kesari- Rava is a Hindi word for semolina and Kesar is the word for saffron. This is a sweet halwa preparation made with semolina and saffron. There are different recipes of making semolina halwa in different regions of India. My Gujarati friends make semolina halwa in milk, in North India semolina is roasted until golden brown, while rava kesari is cooked with saffron. Rava kesari also known as kesari bhaat is a perfect dessert for the occasion of Basant Panchami. Try this awesome dish and please do share your thoughts. Shuchi

Rava Kesari
Preparation Time: 2 minutes
cooking time: 15 minutes
Approximately 350 calories in each serving

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • Semolina ½ cup
  • Cashew nuts ¼
  • Sugar about ½ cup
  • Water 1¼ cups
  • Green cardamoms 4
  • Milk 2 tbsps
  • Slivered pistachio 1 tbsp
  • Saffron (Amazon link for Organic Saffron) threads 12-14/ ¼ tsp
  • Ghee about ½ cup

Method of preparation:

  1. Remove the skin of the green cardamoms and grind the seeds in the mortar.
  2. Soak saffron threads in 2 tablespoon lukewarm milk. keep aside.
  3. In a wok, heat ghee. Roast semolina on medium heat for about 8 minutes. Semolina will look pink and will have a nice aroma.
roasted semolina/ rava
roasted semolina/ rava
  1. Add cashews in the semolina and roast for a minute. At this point semolina and cashew should look pink. It should not be extra roasted like sooji ka halwa. Keep roasted semolina aside.
  2. Add about 1¼ cup water in the roasted semolina. Mix well. Let semolina cook for a couple of minutes. Add half a cup of sugar. Mix well and reduce the heat and cook until semolina is done.
  3. Add saffron milk in the cooked semolina. Mix well and cook for a few seconds.
  4. Add ground cardamoms. Mix well.
  5. Delicious Rava Kesari is ready to serve. Garnish with slivered pistachios. Rava Kesari taste much better when it is served hot.
kesari bhat
rava kesari

Some Tips/ Suggestions:

  1. In traditional Indian halwa recipes, semolina, ghee, and sugar are added in the same ratio. However you can cut the amount of ghee as per taste.
  2. I have soaked saffron in milk but you can also soak it in water if you have any dietary restrictions.

Some other delicious halwa recipes: