Cook's Hideout: Rava Kesari (Godhuma rawa Kesari)

August 13, 2014

Rava Kesari (Godhuma rawa Kesari)

Blogging Marathon# 43: Week 2/ Day 3
Theme: Navarthri -- Festival Special
Dish: Rava Kesari (Godhuma rawa Kesari)
Here's another simple sweet dish that is made for festivals. Kesari can be made with either sooji/ semolina or godhuma rava. I like the fine godhuma rawa/ dalia because texture-wise it is like sooji, but with the added goodness of the wholewheat instead of refined sooji.
Rava Kesari (Godhuma rawa Kesari)
Since my husband is milk-phobic, I usually skip it or add only just a little bit to give the kesari/ halwa some creaminess. It takes about 12~15 minutes total to make this dish and all you need is 3~4 ingredients.

Godhuma Rava/ Dalia - ½cup
Water and/ or Milk - 1½cups (adjust the quantity of water and milk as per your taste preference)
Sugar - ½cup (adjust as per taste)
Ground Cardamom - ½tsp
Cashews - 1tbsp
Raisins - 1tbsp


  • Heat 2tsp ghee in a pan; fry the cashews and raisins until golden. Remove into a bowl and set aside.
  • Heat 1tbsp ghee in the same pan; add the rawa and toast it until golden, about 3~4 minutes.
  • Slowly pour in the water and/ or milk and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until rawa is completely cooked through and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add the sugar and mix well. The halwa will get liquidy first and will thicken in few minutes. Stir in ground cardamom and the fried dry fruit.
Rava Kesari (Godhuma rawa Kesari)
Let's check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up today for BM# 43.


  1. Looks yummy. Godhuma rava adds a healthy touch to the traditional sweet dish.

  2. Looks very colourful Pavani...nice setup..

  3. My favorite.. nice presentation yaar.

  4. I rarely make kesari with godhuma rava, urs tempting me a lot..

  5. Nice variation from regular rava kesari,tempting and delicious kesari.

  6. reminds me a bit of lapsi. Is he lactose intolerant..otherwise why is he so ilk phobic :)


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