Semolina

Rava Kesari

Rava Kesari is a south Indian sweet dish.Rava means Semolina and Kesari means saffron, It is a pudding made with semolina, sugar, Clarified butter.It is made during the festival and Special puja.Mostly yellow food color is used but I have used Saffron to get color & nice aroma.

On eve of Vasant Panchmi, prepared this sweet dish at my native place we do Puja of Goddess Saraswati There is a tradition of eating different varieties of sweets are offered to Goddess which includes yellow colored sweet as well.

Rava Kesari is like a Sooji Halwa which is prepared using roasted Rava(sooji) till it brown in color and cooked in water and Rava Kesari is lightly roasted to prevent browning & cooked.

Ingredients

Semolina 1 cup

Saffron 20-30 strands

Water 1.5 cup

Clarified Butter(Ghee) 1/4 cup +1 tbsp

Assorted Nuts 1 tbsp

Sugar 1/2 cup or to taste

Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon(optional)

Method

Heat a pan add 1 tbsp clarified butter( ghee )and fry the nuts. Set them aside.In the same pan, add Rava and sautéed it continuously stirring often and roast on low flame for 5 minutes or till it turns aromatic and Remove on a plate and keep aside.

To the same pan, add sugar, water, and saffron bring to boil on a medium heat keep stirring so that sugar dissolves properly.Reduce the flame to low. Slowly add the Sauteed Rava to sugar syrup mixture, stirring constantly to avoid lumps, Cook until the moisture is absorbed.Add 1/4 cup ghee and mix well.it will start leaving the sides of the pan. Add green cardamom powder & Switch off the flame
Serve Rava  Kesari hot or warm. Garnish with nuts.

 

 

 

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Sooji Halwa

Halwa is an Indian dessert prepared on occasion or festive.Most types of halwa are relatively dense sweetened with sugar.Textures of halwa also vary for example Flour based wheat, rice or lentil based halwa moong dal halwa is drier and more crumbly.

Halwa prepared with various other ingredients, including nuts kesar badam halwa milk based halwa  milk rava kesari  and vegetables Gajar Halwa fruit based Apple halwa

I am sharing Sooji halwa semolina based halwa is gelatinous and translucent, it is Roasted in clarified butter cooked with water adding sugar & flavour with green cardamom powder and garnish with nuts.

Ingredients

Sooji/Semolina 1cup

Sugar 1/3 cup or to taste

Ghee/Clarified butter 1 tbsp

Assorted Nuts 1/4 cup

Green cardamom powder a pinch

Water 1 cup

Method
Heat a pan adding ghee.roast sooji on med flame till it changes it colour .add water sugar & cook till start leaving a pan.add cardamom powder.Garnish with Nuts.

Semolina Cutlet

Cutlets made by using Semolina ,Paneer & Nuts.

Ingredients
1 cup Semolina(suji)
1 cup Milk
1 cup Water
Salt to taste
1 tsp ghee/oil
fillings
100 g paneer
12-15 raisins(optional)
3-4 cashew nuts, finely chopped(optional)
3-4 almonds, finely chopped(optional)
1/2 tsp green chillies, finely chopped
1/2 tsp ginger, grated/finely chopped (optional)
freshly chopped coriander
black pepper to taste
salt to taste
oil for frying
Method
Add ghee/oil in a pan.when warm, add the suji and fry for 2-3 mins on low heat. Suji should not change colour. Add salt, lesser than what should make ideal taste.mix the water and milk together and add to the suji mixture and keep on stirring.within minutes it will be like a dough.once it is like the Chapati dough switch off the gas and cover the mixture. Set aside for a few minutes until cooled to room temperature.Once cooled mix it with hands to make the mixture smooth.Crush paneer and add all the ingredients. Mix well.take a small portion of dough, make a ball of it and press it.fill up a spoon of filling mixture in it and close the ends to form a ball.give the desired shape. You can shape of u r choice. make all cutlets in a same way .warm the refined oil in a kadahi .put 2-3 spoons of suji on a plate and roll the cutlet on it and then deep fry it in warm oil on medium heat till golden brown.Serve with tomato ketchup/ coriander or mint chutney.

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