rava kesari

Rava Kesari

Rava Kesari is a popular South Indian dessert made from semolina, sugar, ghee, and water or milk. The dish is typically flavored with saffron, cardamom, and roasted nuts, and has a pudding-like texture. It is often served during festivals and special occasions, and is known for its vibrant yellow color and sweet taste. Rava Kesari is a simple and quick dessert to make, and can be easily customized to suit different tastes and preferences.

Rava Kesari

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: SweetsCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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The dish is typically flavored with saffron, cardamom, and roasted nuts, and has a pudding-like texture.


  • 1 cup rava (Semolina)

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar

  • 4 to 5 tablespoon ghee

  • Few cashew nuts

  • Few raisins

  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder

  • Few drops of kesari colour


  • In a pan, add two tablespoon ghee and fry the cashew nuts and raisins. Remove it and keep aside.
  • In the same kadai, add one more tablespoon ghee and fry the rava for one or two minutes. Keep it aside.
  • In a thick pan pour three cups of water and bring to boil. When it starts boiling add the rawa and stir continuously till the rava is thick and cooked soft.
  • Now add sugar and stir continuously. Make sure there is no lump. Add few drops of kesari colour and mix well.
  • Add remaining ghee now. and stir well. Kesari will leave the sides of the vessel.
  • Now add cardamom powder, fried cashew nuts and raisins and mix well and remove from stove.

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  • You can also use saffron instead of food coloring.


  1. Thanks for the recipe. It came out well and my kids loved it.

  2. Hi Barath,

    Thank you. Nice to hear that it came out well and more importantly your kids liked it.

  3. Thanks so much for the recipe. I tried it tonight and my husband loved it!

  4. Thanks a lot for the recipe ,the kesari came out perfect with ur measurements and it was very easy and quick to prepare,my guests are going to be happy 🙂

  5. Thanks a lot for the recipe, the method which you have explained is in a very simple and understanding language such that a new beginner can also easily prepare the food

  6. Prepared this yesterday. Everyone in my family loved it 🙂 (I added 3 cups water adn 2 cups sugar)

    • Hi Preethi,

      Nice to hear that you prepared rawa kesari and came out well. Yes. for 1 cup rawa if you add 2 cups sugar and more water, the kesari tastes good and soft. However, for health reasons, I used to reduce the sugar quantity. Try “Fruit Kesari”. It is also a very tasty one.

  7. gayathrikumaran

    hai kamala

    super recipe…came out well…wishing for more new recipes…Also for cheesecakes..

  8. I made rawa Kesari before. But never came out well. But this time I followed your method, it came out well. Thank you.

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