Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rava Kesari | Recipe for Easy and Delicious Kesari

Rava kesari needs no introduction at all. It is a south Indian dessert which always has place in any special meal. It is a easy and quick to make dessert. It hardly takes 15-20 minutes to make. When there are unexpected guests, kesari can be made in a jiffy. For any festivals or special occasions, even if you have no time to make other sweets, kesari can be made in the last moment too, provided you have all the ingredients ready at home.
Sooji Halwa
Rava Kesari
Rava Kesari is my special post for diwali. I had gone into hibernation on the blogging side after returning to India and this is my first post after few months of break. After seeing my fellow bloggers' yummy recipes for diwali, I couldn't stay away from blogging. Here I am back with yummy and easy to make rava kesari recipe. Hope you all like it.

Dear Friends, Fellow bloggers and Reader, Wish you all a happy and prosperous Diwali!!

recipe for perfect kesari
Diwali wishes with Kesari

Ingredients required to make Rava Kesari

White Rava/ Bombay Rava/ Semolina, 1 cup
Water, 3 1/2 cups
Sugar, 1 cup
Kesari powder/ Orange food color, a pinch (or as required)
Cardamom,3- 4 nos.
Ghee, 1/4 cup (2 Tablespoons + 2 Tablespoons)
Cashew, 10 nos
Raisins, 10 nos.
Perfect rava kesari
Easy Kesari
How to make easy rava kesari?
  1. Remove cardamom seeds and powder them with 2 tablespoons of sugar and keep it ready.
  2. In a pan, heat 2 tablespoons of  ghee, then fry cashews and raisins, take them out and  keep it aside.
  3. In the same pan, in medium low heat, roast rava, till slight aroma comes.Take care not to burn the rava.Then take out rava and keep it aside.
  4. Then to the same pan add 3 1/2 cups of water and bring it to boil, then lower the heat to medium and slowly add rava and keep stirring to avoid forming lumps. Keep stirring till the rava is cooked.
  5. Then now add sugar and continue to stir. The sugar will melt and continue to stir.
  6. Now add kesari powder or food color and keep stirring such that color spreads evenly in kesari.
  7. Continue to stir till the kesari is almost semi solid. Avoid cooking till the kesari is
    thick. (So switch off in a loose consistency itself. As it cools it will solidify.)
  8. Right before turning off add the powdered cardamom, mix well. Also fried cashews, raisins along with remaining ghee, mix well. Then turn off the heat.
  9. After it is turned off, cover it and let it rest for a while. Then serve it.

It serves 6 persons generously.

Yummy Kesari
South Indian Kesari
  • Ratio for Rava and Sugar is 1: 1, while ratio for rava and water is 1: 3 1/2 (three and a half). You can increase or decrease sugar as per your taste. But I feel this amount of sugar is perfect for normal taste buds. Regarding the water ratio, I like the kesari to be little loose than dry.It anyways solidifies when it reaches room temperature. 
  • Also keep stirring while making kesari, so that it does not form lumps and doesn't get burnt at the bottom.
  • Also add sugar only after ensuring rava is completely cooked.
  • Be generous with raisins and cashews. 
  • I have seen few people, adding edible camphor to kesari, but I have not tried though.
  • You can store left over kesari in a airtight container and keep it in refrigerator, as needed heat and serve.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Kovakkai Poriyal | Ivy gourd (Tindora) Stir fry

Kovakkai Poriyal is nothing but stir fried Ivy gourd. It is a simple and easy to make side dish. This is healthy and vegan dish.

Stir fried Ivy gourd
Kovakkai Poriyal

Monday, April 28, 2014

Chicken Curry recipe (Semi-gravy type) | Easy chicken curry using pressure cooker

Chicken curry recipe that I am posting today is semi-gravy i.e., it is neither gravy nor a dry curry but it is in between. This chicken curry can be had as a side dish for rice or roti. I made this chicken curry using pressure cooker. It is easy to make this flavorful chicken curry. 
I made this Chicken curry as a part of Virtual treat for our dear friend Sangee Vijay's Birthday. This is her mom's recipe and she has mentioned that it is her most favorite chicken recipe, so I wanted to try this semi dry chicken curry for her. It was so delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed this flavorful chicken curry.  
Happy Birthday, Sangee!!
semi gravy chicken curry
Chicken curry

Friday, April 25, 2014

Onion Chutney Recipe (with coconut) | Vengaya Chutney (using coconut) | Side dish for Idly & Dosa

Onion Chutney is a easy to make delicious chutney. This vengaya chutney is made using coconut. This chutney can be served as a side dish for Idly or Dosa. This is vegan too.

Vegan Onion chutney
Onion Chutney

Monday, April 21, 2014

Kodi Vepudu Recipe | Andhra style chicken fry recipe

Kodi Vepudu is a spicy Chicken fry made in Andhra style. Kodi Vepudu is very flavorful and delicious, but it is very easy to prepare. First marinate the chicken with the required ingredients then cook till its done and water is evaporated, mix it with the prepared spice powder and garnish and serve. Isn't it so easy? You can serve this with Kodi Kura (Andhra style chicken curry) or with rasam and rice.  
Andhra style chicken Fry
Kodi Vepudu