Aval Kesari is one of my long time wait dish, yesterday was planning to try out kesari and so thought to try it with aval. This was my first attempt with Aval Kesari, it was delicious and was finished in minutes, as kids on vacation. Usually Kesari is my favorite, as my grandma prepares it for my birthday as it would be the first food on my mouth. The texture was lovely, it melts in the mouth and was too attractive not only of the color but the glassy appearance made the dish look rich compared to Rava/Semolina or Semiya/Vermicelli.
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A perfect dish for Navratri, as an offering and later served for friends and family. Not only for Navratri, but also an easy and can be made in minutes for guests. Let us move on to the recipe…
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- Aval / Poha / Beaten Rice – 1 ½ cup
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Clarified butter / Ghee – 3 tbsp
- Cashew nuts – 10 nos
- Raisins – 8 nos
- Water – 3 cups
- Food Color (Orange) – ¼ tsp
- Dry roast aval/poha/beaten rice in a kadai with a tsp of ghee/clarified butter.
- Heat 3 cups of water in a kadai, bring it to boil.
- Meanwhile, grind the roasted aval/poha/beaten rice to a fine powder.
- Add the powdered aval/poha/beaten rice to the boiling water along with the food color, keep in low flame and keep on stirring else lumps will be formed.
- Keep on stirring for few min, until the poha is cooked and thickens, drizzle a tbsp of ghee/clarified butter along the sides of the thickening poha.
- Add in the sugar and continue stirring, until it the poha starts leaving the sides of the kadai.
- Heat the leftover ghee/clarified butter in a kadhai, add in the cashew nuts, and roast until starts turning golden brown.
- Add in the raisins and roast until it doubles in size.
- Stir it well and keep on stirring until the kesari comes to the rolling consistency.
- Transfer it to a bowl.
Serve hot. This goes well for breakfast, tea-time snack and also as a festive recipe.
Note: Bring the kadai to low flame, when you start adding the powdered poha/aval/beaten rice and keep on stirring else it would be formed as lumps.