Rava Kesari (Traditional Indian Dessert)


  • 1 c. sooji (cream of wheat)
  • 1+1/4 c. sugar
  • 2+1/2 c. water
  • 10 – 15 roasted cashews
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 1/4 c. shortening, melted
  • 3 – 4 drops yellow food coloring
  • 1 Tbsp. oil


  1. Bring water to a boil in large skillet or saucepan.
  2. Heat oil in a separate skillet and stir in sooji. Toast sooji 2 – 3 minutes, until lightly browned.
  3. Add sugar to the boiling water and stir until dissolved.
  4. Stir in toasted sooji, stirring carefully to avoid lumps.
  5. Add cardamom and shortening and cook, stirring, until mixture has thickened and sticks to the spoon.
  6. Pour into oiled baking sheet and smooth. Allow to cool.
  7. Cut into desired shapes with an oiled knife and garnish with roasted cashews.
Browse Cook(s): Padmaja Medidi
Browse Theme(s): Indian Desserts

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