Cook's Hideout: Jonna Rava Kesari with Fruits

January 04, 2016

Jonna Rava Kesari with Fruits

Blogging Marathon# 60: Week 1/ Day 2
Theme: Festival of the month Recipes
Dish: Fruit Jonna Rawa Kesari
Today I have a sweet dish made with jonna rawa or jowar/ sorghum rawa instead of regular sooji or semolina. This recipe is from a Telugu cooking channel and even though I'm not into cooking fruits, this dish looked yummy on TV that I had to try it for myself.

Jowar Kesari with Fruits
Kesari is traditionally made with either sooji or godhuma/ wheat rawa. Using jonna rawa is a healthy substitute which gives a chewy texture to the dish. 
Jowar Kesari with Fruits
Apple and pineapple are lightly sauteed in ghee before adding to the final dish, so they are slightly soft when bit into. All in all this can not only be made as prasad (offering to god) during festivals but also as a delicious dessert any time of the year.

Jonna Rawa Kesari
  • ½cup Cracked Jowar/ Sorghum/ Jonna Rawa
  • 2~3tbsp Sugar
  • ½cup Milk
  • 1cup Water
  • ¼tsp Ground Cardamom
  • Big pinch Saffron, crushed and soaked in 2tbsp warm milk
  • 2tbsp Ghee
  • 1 Small Apple, chopped
  • ½cup Pineapple cubes
  • 1tbsp Cashews
  • 1tbsp Almonds
  • 3tbsp Pomegranate seeds
  1. Heat 1tbsp ghee in a pan, add cashews, almonds and cook till the nuts turn golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add the apples and saute for 2~3 minutes or until slightly golden. Remove from the pan and add the pineapple pieces and cook for 2~3 minutes. Remove into a bowl and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, heat the remaining 1tbsp ghee and saute jowar rawa for 2~3 minutes or until it changes color. Add the water and milk, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and cook till rawa is cooked through, about 15~20 minutes.
  4. Add the sugar and cook till sugar is dissolved and the mixture is thickened.
  5. Add ground cardamom, saffron soaked milk, sauteed fruit and dry fruits. Mix well and turn off the heat. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and serve warm or at room temperature.
Jowar Kesari with Fruits

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 60.


  1. This kesari looks wonderful Pavani. And as usual amazing snaps..

  2. Wow, give me that bowl.. Such a healthy, irresistible and interesting twist to our usual kesari.. You have done a fabulous job.

  3. Surely looks so divine and delicious Pavani..

  4. loved the first pic, pavani with the saffron in the aarti spoon :) using jowar rava is new,.. it looks tempting :)

  5. I was looking for juar daliya here and just couldn't get ! The dish looks capturing with that beautiful set up .

  6. Jowar rava kesari ,wow very innovative and healthy.Looks stunning Pavani.

  7. Kesari looks so delicious and colorful, amazing clicks as always..

  8. I still need to lay hands on jonna rava. Loved this version of kesari.

  9. Love the use of whole grain in the sweets. Makes it definitely a guilt free and so we can indulge more :)

  10. Pineapple in kesari isa known version,combined with apple is definitely new.lovely clicks as always, I love the dark and moody vibe to it,something I am just not able to capture!

  11. Using jonna rava and pomegranate in kesari is new to me. Love the set up. Background lo chitti marachemba adhi?

    1. Thanks Suma. Ya, it is a mini marichembu in the background :-)

  12. Now i have to get jowar rava. Looks stunning


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