Sometimes the simplest things take up the most room in our hearts. This is one such beloved and cherished simple dish. A quick pudding made of semolina and ghee!
One of the very common and simple Indian sweet - Rava kesari, a semolina pudding.
- 1 cup rava | semolina
- 2.5 to 3 cups water
- 1 to 1.5 cups sugar
- 2-3 tablespoon ghee
- ½ tablespoon broken cashews
- ½ tablespoon dry raisins golden or black
- 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
- A pinch of food colour generally saffron colour or yellow
Heat a heavy bottomed pan (kadai or non stick) over medium heat. Melt a tablespoon of ghee in it. Add the cashews and fry it till it becomes golden brown.
Remove from pan and add the raisins and keep frying until it expands and becomes translucent in colour. Remove them and keep it aside.
Add another tablespoon of ghee and roast the rava until it emits aroma for about a minute or two. Remove it from the kadai and keep it aside o.
- Put the kadai back on the stove and add the water and the colour. Bring it to a boil. Reduce the flame to low and add the roasted rava while stirring it continuously. (1)
- Keep stirring it frequently to avoid lumps and for about 10 minutes. Once it is completely cooked it will easily come off the pan as one mass.
- Turn off the flame and serve it warm. You can add some more ghee if you prefer.
- Serve this as a evening snack with chai and some bajji or pakoras.
This can also be used as a dessert after meals or in a breakfast spread during weekends.
Be careful while doing this because it will bubble vigorously when rava is added to the water. In order to minimize it, reduce the flame to its low point. Also you can wrap a towel or some cloth on your wrist covering your finger while stirring it. Once the water evaporates, it will be fine. Generally in kesari, extra ghee is added. So adjust the amount as per you need. The measurement I have given is minimum. Do not reduce this amount, it will deter the taste.