Monday, November 30, 2009

Ravva Kesari/Rava Kesari/Sooji halwa

Ravva kesari is made as an offering to god in our house every saturday and also during Satya Narayana Swamy Vratam. This can be made very quickly and so I opt this as a dessert when we have friends over unannounced.

1 cup sooji /bombay ravva
1&1/2 cups water
1&1/2 cups milk (boiled)
1 cup sugar(add more if u like)
1cup ghee(reduce if u like but it tastes gr8 with lots of ghee)
1/2 tsp cardamom pwd
6 cashews halved(optional)
2-3 almonds sliced(optional)
4-6 pistachios(optional)
4 raisins(optional)
Orange food color(optional)

Fry the nuts and raisins in 1 tbsps ghee and keep a side. Heat a heavy bottomed pan and add 3 tbsps of ghee and add the sooji and saute till it turns light brown and a nice aroma fills the kitchen. Meanwhile boil the milk and water add the color if using. Add to the sauted ravva stirring constantly to avoid forming lumps and cook for 10-12 mins, adding more hot water if required. When the ravva is cooked, slowly add the sugar, the remaining ghee and the fried cashews, pistachios, almonds and raisins and cook for 3-4 mins. Serve warm. Enjoy!!!

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