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I have posted traditional method of making Rava Kesari already. It was such a memorable moment. My mother had come to visit me after YEARS and it was pure nostalgia. Those days I was into regular blogging and my mom jumped into the bandwagon with equal gusto. I have mentioned this countless times here, that she has sweet tooth while I am the exact opposite. So she was really disappointed at the abysmal numbers of Indian sweets in my blog and chose to rectify it immediately  :grin: Now, Sooji ka Halwa (North) or Kesari /Kesari Bhath (South) is a minimally spiced semolina pudding that's sweet and creamy.  Utterly simple to make, its probably the very first dessert that most Indians learn to make. This is supposed to have originated from the state of Karnataka, where the word "kesari" refers to saffron the usage of which, lends that classic  golden hue to this dessert.
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I still remember making this during my first year of marriage - that phase when curiosity to try science like experiments with food, peaks its head. And just like any lab with success rates fighting losing battles, my kitchen that day faced an abysmal failure; all due to a mistake of adding sugar to undercooked semolina! Clearly my skills for  interpreting my mother's instruction left a lot to be desired and earned a reprimand for not learning basics earlier! :-? When I tried making Rava Kesari using the OPOS method,  I couldn't help but wonder how easy it would have been if there was such a thing called OPOS cooking those days? It takes out the intimidating factor of cooking thereby making it very approachable.
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The only effort involves loading a pressure cooker with flavored sugar syrup for cooking and when done,  adding roasted semolina. A resting phase allows the semolina to soak up all that juicy syrup and brim with deliciously creamy goodness. No stirring, no monitoring, no wondering and no facing abysmal failures. Its a pretty straightforward process and something you can make it right now - even if you have only boiled water till date (or may be not even that!) Sounds quite a lofty claim doesn't it? Yes, it sure is. You will see why when you try it out  :wink: 
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  • Serves: 3-4 people
  • Yields: Around 2 cups
  • 3 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/8 tsp Cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp Saffron, crushed
  • 1/2 cup Sugar, or to taste - see Tips
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup roasted Semolina, see Tips
  • 2 -3 tbsp roasted Cashews (and raisins optional)
1. Sugar: Its my personal opinion that US sugars are milder than their Indian counterparts. That and the fact that we are abysmally low on sweet levels compared to our fellow Indians, I use 1/2 cup which as my friend calls is "Diabetic friendly" :) So if we don't share similar tastes, I would suggest using 3/4- 1 cup sugar. You can easily substitute jaggery for sugar in this recipe.

2. Semolina:You can use store bought roasted Semolina. If making at home, simply dry roast semolina for2-3 minutes in medium flame. Switch flame and let cool. Dry roast again. This double roasting is done to ensure there is no raw smell/taste. I usually make a huge batch and store in my pantry to make all dishes in jiffy without the need to roast some every time I make a dish, thereby saving time and effort.
1. Please follow the recipe steps EXACTLY as stated for the first few times.  Standardize your pressure cooker before starting the recipe if you have not done so earlier. This is done to ensure that the timings work the same way as it works for OPOS recipes.  Take a 2L pressure cooker. Add 2 cups water. This amount of water makes creamiest Kesari. For a more drier/firmer version, try with 1-1/2 cups water (then go upto 1-1/4 cups if not satisfied)
2. Add 2 tbsp ghee and saffron.
3. Next goes in the sugar. For amount of sugar, pls refer my tips section. Combine.
4. Close the lid with weight on. Cook on HIGH for 1 Whistle ( around 5 minutes).
5. You should see the pressure valve popping up around 4 minutes,
6. followed by a whistle within another minute. My first whistle was at 5:52 minutes.
7. Manually release the pressure using a spoon/spatula. Make sure you are not in line of the escaping steam.
8. This is how it looks upon opening. The water is still boiling.
9. Now throw in the double roasted fine Rava (semolina).
10. along with roasted cashews (and raisins if using), cardamom and salt. This little pinch of salt helps to magnify the flavors and gives it a sweeter taste without adding much sugar.
11. Combine well until no lumps remain.
12. Add in the remaining 1 tbsp ghee now. This is optional. You can add all the ghee right at step 2 itself. I feel the hot ghee on top makes for a better sensory experience.
13. Now close it back with the lid. No heating is required. What we are doing is letting the rava cook in retained heat.  Let it sit for about 15-20 minutes.
14. After that time, this is how it looks.
15. A delicious bowl of creaminess all ready to be devoured.  Though it gets a little firmer upon cooling, it still stays quite creamy for a long time.
Serve it warm, serve it cold, as it is, or with poori (halwa poori is a fabulous combo!) or as a part of a combo platter. Its just perfect and is very complimentary to almost any Indian meal.
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By Sreedevi Menon on Nov 6, 2019

It came out really well. Thanks for the recipe with the pics.

By Deepika on Aug 30, 2019

I tried. But it was Lil uncooked. Is there a way to rectify?

I am surprised it was uncooked. Was the water sufficient? Did you make any changes to the recipe? --DK

By Lavanya on Dec 12, 2018

I tried this today and this is the easiest and tasty kesari I ever made. Thanks to you and the opos techinique

So glad it worked out great for you as well Lavanya :) --DK

By Ranjini on Jun 15, 2018

Hi Why is salt added in Kesari?

By Mala on Mar 18, 2018

Hello ! I tried this recipe and absolutely love it :) Thank you. Do you think this will work if I double the recipe ? Thanks, Mala

Oh yes, it works great! The time to cook will be a bit longer - but whistles remain the same. So go by whistles. --DK