Rava Kesari

The name kesar means saffron, which gives a nice orange color to any dish it is added to, hence the name kesari, is given to this sweet for its rich orange color and nice flavor. A south Indian meal is incomplete without “Kesari”, you will find this dessert in every south Indian meal you get at the restaurants. It’s so simple to prepare and delicious to taste that it makes you crave for more. Let’s get started with this one pot dessert.


Rava- 1 cup (coarse or fine)
Ghee – 2tbs + 4tbs
Cashew- 5
Raisins – 5
Sugar – 1 cup
Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
Orange color – 1/4 tsp



  1. Heat 2 tbs of ghee in a heavy bottom pan, once the pan is hot add in the cashews and raisins, fry them until they turn golden brown and transfer them to a separate plate.
  2. In the same pan, add 1 tbs of ghee and add in 1 cup of rava and fry it on a medium flame until it turns brown.
  3. Transfer the rava to another plate and in the same pan pour 2 cups of water, once the water starts to boil add orange food color to it and then start adding the rava gradually into it, try to keep the flame to medium as it might splatter everywhere.
  4. Mix it slowly so that the rava gets cooked and no lumps are formed.
  5. Add 1 cup of sugar to this and stir the mixture until the sugar completely melts and blends with the rava.
  6. Finally, add the cardamom powder, cashews, raisins and 1 tbs of ghee and switch off the flame.
  7. Serve warm.


  • Add in any color like red, yellow etc. but orange is the traditional color of Kesari.
  • Small cubes of pineapple or even apple can be added to it.
  • To make it more richer in taste, add in more ghee but for healthier version, please feel free to use oil and finally drizzle some ghee over it.
  • White sugar can also be replaced with brown sugar or even sugar substitute, the amount of sugar purely depends on your taste.
  • This dish can also be made using Microwave but need to be careful about the time. Never keep the rava in Microwave for continuous 5 mins, take it out in 1 min intervals and give it a stir.

Last but not the least cooking is all about trying and improvising. Hope you try this dessert and enjoy with your family 🙂


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