|Yellow color rava kesari is my favorite.|
Rava kesari is the classic Indian dessert appreciated along with breakfast.
Moreover we can classify the 'Rava kesari' as the trade mark of TamilNadu's weddings and auspicious occasions. (I am not sure , if it is a must in other parts of India / if it is called by other name...). We can tell it as a dessert served along with breakfast or with fried items like bajji, sojji, vadai and filter coffee in the evening. .
The very sight of the server coming with a big vessel filled with 'ghee flavored' Rava kesari would make many lips to bloom.
Then only all will turn their attention towards the fluffy Idlies, the ghee smeared Venn Pongal and Uthappam served with piping hot sambar and chutney , on the tender banana leaf.
Traditionally it is made in saffron color by adding the food color.
But many make it in yellow color also.
It is the tradition to serve the sweet before all the items. (But the guests would be waiting to get the meal served completely before tasting).
Guests should be encouraged a lot to go for more and more servings while not asking so points out the lack of care for the guests, as the Indian tradition emphasizes treating the guest like God , irrespective of anything.
There is a poem / kural in Tamil from the famous Thirukkural written by Thiru Valluvar (virudhombal 10)
"Moppak kuzhiyum anichham;mugamthirindhu
Nokkak kuzhaiyum virundhu"
This kural (poem) compares the delicate nature of the guests with the rare and tender flower called 'anicham' which will wilt even when we smell it.
How nice . right. So it is the Indian culture to serve the guests even before they ask for more:)
Anyway the lingering taste of kesari will bring back the memories of so many unforgettable weddings and occasions to us.
Have a sweet weekend!
I got this recipe from a small scale but successful caterer in Tirunelveli,TN, India. If you want to make a fool proof one , just read the highlighted lines carefully. This recipe has helped me a lot while making bulk quantities, as it will not demand any muscle work like the home made version:)
|Using bright orange food color in kesari is more traditional.|
|Rava kesari to celebrate Baby Jesus' Birthday, the Christmas, 2011|
Ingredients:Ravai / rava / semolina / sooji - 1 cup
water - 3 cups (thrice that of rava)
sugar - 2 cups (twice that of rava)
cashewnuts - 10
raisins - 15
ghee - 5 tbsp
orange / yellow food color - 1/8 tsp
Cardamom - 4
Method:Heat a thick wok / pan , which has a proper tight lid.
Dry roast the rava till a very few (not every particle)turns a mild red with a nice aroma.
Transfer it to a dry plate.
Then heat a tbsp of ghee and fry the broken cashews , raisins one by one and keep aside.
Powder the cardamom and discard the skin. (I put the skin in to the tea).
Add 3 cups of water in the same pan and let it come to a boil.
Then add the food color, a tbsp ghee and mix well.
As the water starts bubbling , reduce the flame (almost near switch off point).
Now add the rava in a wide spread manner . Do not put as lump in one place .
Add it slowly without stirring and cover it tightly with a lid.
Allow the rava to be cooked in that low heat .
Do not stir the kesari now, as it may create lumps.
After 2 minutes open and check if all the water has been absorbed by the rava.
When it is fully cooked and there is no water, add the sugar and stir well.
When the sugar is fully dissolved, add the remaining ghee (pour more ghee if desired) and stir until the Rava kesari starts leaving the sides of the wok. Garnish with the fried cashews and raisins and cardamom powder. The end product should not be dry but somewhat sticky.
Rava kesari is ready!
Serve as dessert along with breakfast or evening tea and spicy snacks.
Serves 6 people.