Here’s another quick and easy, eggless, no-bake dessert for you. Rava Kesari is a South Indian Sweet made with Semolina and Saffron. It is especially prepared during festivals and poojas, but can also be prepared in a jiffy as a last-minute dessert option.
The first time I had a taste of this dessert was when I was in college at Tamil Nadu. I am picky in eating and I didn’t develop a taste to the Tamil Nadu cuisine. However, I loved the rava kesari which was prepared in college hostel every Sunday and needless to say, I loved it. I remember asking for a second or even third serving, shamelessly.
It is similar to Sooji ka halwa which originally is from the northern parts of the country. But the main difference is that, Rava Kesari is usually orange in color, of course since it calls for adding artificial colors. I do not like using artificial color or flavors for cooking and hence went with adding saffron to get that tint of golden yellow so that it also gives a nice aroma and flavor to the dessert.
I have used sugar to prepare this. But, it can be made with condensed milk as well.
There are different types of Rava Kesari- like Pineapple kesari, Apple Kesari, Banana Kesari or Semiya Kesari. This is by far the easiest and my favorite.
So here’s a step-by-step recipe for Rava Kesari.
For that great presentation, put the dessert in a ghee-greased dessert bowl or mold and upturn it. You can also keep them in a greased plate and cut into pieces of desired shapes.
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