Rava Kesari Halwa Recipe

4.50 from 2 votes

Rava Kesari is a popular South-Indian sweet made from semolina.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4


  • Sooji / Rava / Semolina - 1 cup thin one
  • Sugar - 1 and 3/4 cup use 2 cup for more sweetness
  • Desi Ghee - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Saffron threads/kesar - 2 to 3 pinches
  • Chopped cashews - 5-6 nos
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp optional
  • Raisins - 5-6 nos


  • Heat ghee in a kadai or a thick bottomed pan. Add the rava or sooji along with cashews and begin to roast.
  • Dissolve sugar, water and saffron in a another pan. Keep on flame and allow it to come to a boil.
  • Meanwhile continue to roast the rava (semolina) and add cardamom powder. Roast till you can see the ghee getting separated and the color of the rava should not become brown. This takes approx 7-8 minutes on a low flame.
  • Let the sugar-saffron solution come to a boil.
  • Pour the sugar-saffron solution in the ghee-rava mixture slowly with continuous stirring make sure that there no lumps are formed.
  • The rava or sooji will absorb the water and swell and the mixture will thicken. stir till the mixture starts to leave the sides of the pan. switch off and then cover the pan for 5 minutes just to allow the rava kesari to steam.
  • Serve hot or warm rava kesari as it is. You can also serve rava kesari as a side sweet dish.

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