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Kesari For A Happy New Year

Written By Srimathi Mani on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 | 9:19 PM

A very Happy and Prosperous New Year to all.

For new years I decided on making Kesari. Served on a banana leaf hot it is an out of the world sweet to enjoy. Its something I really look forward to having at weddings where they focus on taste than health benefits and use a lot more ghee than I would use in my kitchen. Another reason why this sweet is very popular in my household is that my daughter loves it and calls it prasadham and does not need to be pushed to consume it.I think its the easiest sweet for me to prepare as it would be done in less than 10 minutes. I must confess that I make it milder so that I can eat a lot more. So if one is a true sweet lover please add 1/4 cup or more sugar to this recipe.



Gadgets:

Heavy bottom pan or wok
Kettle or saucepan with hot water
Spatula
Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients:

Rava/Cream of Wheat - 1 cup
Sugar- 1 1/4 cup
Butter - 1/4 cups
Water - 3 cups
Camphor - less than a pinch
Saffron - 1/2 tsp
Cardamon - 2 pods
Kesari Color ( optional)
Cashew Nut - 1/4 cup broken
Raisins - 1/4 cup


Preparation:

1. Boil the water in the kettle or saucepan.

2. Heat the heavy bottom pan and melt the butter.

3. As soon as the butter is melted and bubbles start to form toss in the dry fruit and nuts an roast it on medium high and drain them and keep it aside in a plate.

4. Add rava and roast it until all the raw smell leaves about 3 to 4 minutes.

5. Add water and cook the rava. The water will get absorbed.

6. Add sugar and mix well and allow it to get from melted form to thicker consistency.

7. Add saffron, cardamon, camphor and kesari powder and mix well.

8. Garnish with nuts and dry fruits and serve them hot.

15 comments:

  1. yummy kesari... and yeah.. the more ghee or butter you use .. the tastier it gets... I too look forward to this when I eat at weddings and other functions :)

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  2. nice , looks delish, mouthwatering, i add ghee..adding butter is new to me.will try it out sometime:)

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  3. Hi Srimathi,
    Happy New Year to u and ur Family!
    Nice way to celebrate with yummy kesari!
    Enjoy the year ahead!
    TC

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  4. Happy New Year and the kesari looks delicous :)

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  5. Wish you and your family a Happy New Year! Delicious Kesari.
    My daughter too loves kesari. She can have it any time. It is of course easy to make and delicious too. I add two cups sugar to one cup.

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  6. Happy new Year to you and your family..Kesari looks mouthwatering.

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  7. Belated new year wishes, Thats a great way to welcome the new year...Kesari looks delicious:)

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  8. Thanks for visiting my blog.Wish you and your family a Happy New Year !!
    Kesari looks Yummy..

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  9. delicious kesari.....very bright and colourful flowers

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  10. Happy New year. I am with you on the milder side regarding sweetness in kesari.

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  11. Wow this is one of my favourite dessert. Looks yum...

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  12. A very happy new year to you too.

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  13. Thank you all for the wonderful comments. Chitra I wanted to clarify that I use butter instead of ghee but I allow the butter to melt to almost ghee flavor and then use it to fry the nuts and later the rava. This helps from not using ghee as it might get burnt faster.

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  14. Simply divine...though I don't have a sweet tooth, i love this too, esp when it is served in poojas.

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