Kesari Bhath

Semolina/Rava Kesari Bhath/Suji Ka Halwa

This has been a dish every body relishes in India. Its called differently though. In the north they call this Suji ka Halwa and here in the south its called Kesari or Kesari Bhath.

There are many varieties of Kesari as well like Pineapple Kesari, Banana Kesari and Rice Kesari.

This is the basic, simplest and easy dish. Enjoy it hot while it slowly melts in your mouth.

1 Cup Roasted Fine Rava/Semolina
1 -1 ½ Cup Sugar
1 pinch of Saffron strings/Food grade Orange colour
3 cups Water
10-12 Raisins
10-12 Cashew nuts
3-4 Tbsp Ghee
A Pinch Cardamom powder (optional)

– Bring water to a boil along with the saffron/food grade colour.
– In a heavy bottom pan, heat 1 Tbsp of ghee and fry the cashew nuts till golden brown. Now add in the raisins and fry them till they bulge up.
– Now add in the rava/semolina and sugar to theand mix well.
– Add in the boiling water and stir. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove lid and mix.
– Add the remaining ghee and Cardamom powder and stir well.
– Serve hot.

Thoughts on “Semolina/Rava Kesari Bhath/Suji Ka Halwa

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I have been staying away from home for some months now and cannot frequently visit them. Was missing my mom’s Kesari and while searching the net to make one myself found your website. You have a wonderful list of recipes and its written in easy to follow steps.
    By the way the Kesari came out well..not as exactly as my mom makes..but pretty good for a 1st timer.

  2. I’ve been looking everywhere for this. Had this sweet dish when i was in India for vacations last year. Loved it then and always felt like having more of this. Today I was determined to find the ingredients and make it at home. Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! I made it and its yummy…Thx again for posting this!

  3. Hi, Pls reply….I dont get the fine variety here…can i make it with the usual rava…and how will it taste???

    • Hi Bindu, Go ahead and make with the normal semolina…it will taste as great as it tastes with the fine version.

  4. An all time favourite at my place. I used to love this when my mom made it. Now that i am married, I am bit lazy to make it…Got inspired seeing this post and made it for weekend. Thx for inspiring.

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