Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rava Kesari

Rava Kesari

I have been a sporadic blogger for the year. After my daughter's marriage, I had to take all my efforts to bring myself  back here. At least the festivals propelled much! Now that the pompous Diwali just around the corner has left me in my mom's house, 'in no cooking mood but lots of time in hand' mode, I decided to make one of the easiest sweets, Rava Kesari.
Mom happily agreed to share her version and this is how we made just a few hours back :)

Rava Kesari

Rava Kesari
For 20 squares
Total time needed - 20 minutes


Sooji / Rava - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Ghee – 1/4 cup
Water - 3 to 3 and a half cups
Yellow kesari color - 2 pinches
Cardamom/elaichi Powder - 2 fat pinches
Cashews and raisins - a few


Rava Kesari

Heat 1/4 cup ghee in a non-stick (preferable) or a thick bottomed kadai. Measure rava and keep ready. Fry halved cashews until golden brown followed by raisins for a few seconds until they plump up. You may not need to remove them. Just dump in rava ( frothes up in hot ghee) and sauté for a few seconds. Thus you are roasting it.

Rava Kesari

Stir in the measured water. Add food colour dissolved in a teaspoon of water. Stir all the time to avoid lumps. Let the rava cook for 3 minutes in low fire. Add sugar and stir to combine.(This is important. Addition of sugar should be after the rava is cooked well, or else rava remains grainy  and uncooked)

Rava Kesari

Stir along cardamom powder. Keep stirring not allowing the mass to get stuck at the bottom. By this time the kesari turns into a glossy mass. Transfer to a tray or a one inch deep plate.

Rava Kesari

Let it cool completely and cut into squares or diamonds .Transfer to your plate and enjoy!

Rava Kesari

 Wishing You A Very Happy Deepavali!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Complete Onam Menu!

Snacks, Sweets and Light eats

Banana ChipsGhee Fried Bananas

Curries - Sambhar, Aviyal, Erusseri, Pulisseri, Theiyal, Pachadi

Drumsticks SambharA Simple Kerala Lunch with Fish Fry OlanMango SaladMathanga Vanpayar Erisseri-Yellow Pumpkin with Red gram and Coconut CurryPacha-andiparippu Aviyal/Raw Cashew & Coconut Curry

Dry accompaniments - Thoran & Mezhukkupuratti

Vendakka ThoranUlli ThoranPapaya ThoranStir-fried TindorasStir-fried Green PapayaIdichakka MezhukkupurattiMullangi Cheera/Radish Greens ThoranUllithandu Thoran / Stir-fried Onion GreensChuvanna Cheera Mezhukkupuratti / Stir-fried Red SpinachPavakka Roast

Dessert - Pradhaman & Payasam

Ada PradhamanCherupayar parippu PayasamSemia/Vermicelli PayasamChakka VarattiAval/Rice Flakes Payasam

Pickles & Preserves

Tender Mango Pickle

Wishing all a Very Happy and Prosperous Onam!