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