Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kesari (Semolina Indian Sweet)

Traditional kesari is truly vibrant with the bright orange hue. Obviously want to know why?? The yellow-orangey colouring. Well, you can  use I have no qualms. But I have cut down on colouring unless of course the pure original ones, more expensive for sure. For this kesari guess luck was on my side. The saffron in fact the most expensive and the story you can read at Long Bean And PrawnsNasi Beriyani  and Saffron And Cinnamon Poached Pears. So lets get going to the recipe for kesari.

Kesari ever loved for occasions. Special or not special, its like the customary sweet we look forward after the splattering spicy Indian meal. Dessert of course. The recipe pinched from mum and a little twist as usual my style. Less sugar, less ghee, instead of cardamom, nutmeg and instead of cashews, almonds. Healthy I would say but you still need that bid of sugar. Otherwise a dessert cannot be a sweet treat.  

1 cup semolina flour
1/2 tsp saffron threads
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
2 tbsp ghee
3/4 cup sugar
4 tbsp almond pieces 
3 tbsp raisins
1 1/2 cup water

Heat ghee and fry almond pieces till crispy and light brown in color.
Keep aside.
Do the same for raisins - fry to blister, remove and keep aside.
Pour water into the same pan, add sugar and saffron.
When the sugary liquid starts to simmer, add semolina.
Stir and stir to ensure semolina doesn't remain lumpy.
Stir till dried up. 
Add fried almond and raisins.
Stir once or twice and tip into a greased pan/tray and spread evenly.
Cool down and cut into pieces.
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  1. Lovely, lovely kesari dear, I like the twist of nutmeg...

  2. expected usual round kesari,surprised by the square kesari,lovely presentation.

  3. I see that u have some exotic ingredients added to the traditional kesari.. It looks cute.. Also urs look more firm & cutting it into squares make it even more pretty :)

  4. You are absolutely right when you say saffron can enhance the taste of kesari not just by giving the color. I love the flavor of them pretty much on any sweet, especially shrikand.
    Your kesari looks yummy and I'm used to having kesari in a flowy consistency but I think have them cubed is a good idea. Looks more cool.

  5. you are a good cook! Having followed u for so long. You always have different recipes for different type of food/cuisine!

    Pls keep this blog going =)

  6. Lovely kesari! I love it!! :)

  7. tempting sweet..looks perfect and cute

  8. A favourite delicious dessert to which you do justice :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. Oh Kesari looks so inviting Nava I can almost get the ghee smell here.I always wonder what the box of saffron would contain when I see cheaper boxes.

  10. This was my go to recipe to make anytime we have guests.Now I don't even remember when I made it last. I should make it again someday. I love saffron and extensively use in making biryani and other sweet dishes. You have nicely done it in perfect square and almond sand raisins look like jewels. Beautiful!

  11. I havent try this before,, it's look so tempting oh... i want some of it!! :D

  12. Love the taste but can't manage much because I am still not much of a sweet tooth:D

  13. Irresistible kesari. I love the color and perfectly cut cubes. I add cashew nuts instead of almonds. Delicious.

  14. Wow! Yummiest dessert ever.. Nice version of kesari with nutmeg pdr.. Very well made.. Looks delicious Nava... Will try this soon.. Loved the beautiful clicks :-)

  15. Hi Nava, I love sugee cake but never try kesari...looks very inviting with the colour and almond and raisins, wow, awesome!

    mentioning abt saffron, I bought it at Mustafa singapore, and still remain beautiful in packet after 2 years...somehow I feel so stingy to use it's very expensive you know...hahah

    hmm Nava, dont you think you will remove your WV someday? hehehe

  16. Just read two days ago about the benefits of semolina (at least feel better eating the pasta, not just enjoy it but get health benefits too), now this dessert-sure learnt a lot from this article and what a classy and mouth watering offer.

  17. Wish I could grab one block of the kesari. First time seeing it cubed. Good idea and luv the yellow colour.

  18. it looks perfect.. and like the color too..

  19. Wow Nava, Mouth watering sweet out there. :-)

  20. Looks so delicious and colorful...Adding nutmeg powder is new to me

  21. have made ths so many times but u made it look so appetising....very very nicely presented

  22. never had it before. i wonder how it taste like. Must try

  23. looks awesome & this cubing it is a new idea,makes it more attractive :)

  24. Wow, perfect bites to satisfy the sweet tooth :)

  25. I will like to try these since I never did and they look so delish.


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