Rava Kesari ~ Semolina Sweet

This week has been a reflective week for me, so please expect a lengthy post! πŸ™‚


Lot of things happened that gave me a lot of insights, Alhamdulillah… The first highlight of the week was that I met a blogger friend for the fPinirst time, and that was FamilyCook. Since she loves her pseudonym, I will respect her privacy. I was so glad to be seeing her, it felt like I had met my elder sister. I loved the way she introduced me to her husband. The conversation was like this:

He: “So how do you know each other?”
She: “We came to know each other when I did a guest post for her blog. You remember that full chicken I had roasted?”
He: “Yes…”
She: “Yeah, that was the post I had done for her blog, and then we started…”

This reminded me of how I presented my meeting with her to my HD over the phone when I was on my way to meet her:

Me: “I am going to meet my blogger friend, she’s in Sharjah, very close to our house, so I just thought I will go about and see her…”
HD: *Surprise in voice* “Blogger friend??? Hmm…. OK!!!” * still surprised…* πŸ™‚


I guess men will not understand how women bond over food. When I tell HD about friendships I have got through blogging, he listens with a very confused expression, that I am not able to explain in words, I guess you all would understand!!! πŸ˜‰ It was so good to meet you, FamilyCook. In that whole excitement, I forgot to take a click of us together, which I would have loved to cherish throughout my life, but still, your face is in my mind so I know how you look like and what you are like!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Seriously, any of you visiting Dubai, please do not forget to drop me a message. I will only be glad to take time out of my schedule to see you, even though it would be for a little time!!! And I am serious… πŸ™‚


Another thing that made me feel really nice were some lovely comments from all of you. Of that, I have to specifically mention Humi of Gheza-e-Shirin. Jazakallah khairan, sister – Barakallah for those good thoughts you had about me. I am really humbled… and Jehanne darling… you are always be my besty over here for sure, for long long days to come. Were we in school or college together by any chance??? πŸ˜‰ And Manju, you noticed what was going on the blog… πŸ™‚ I am on a restricted period of baking and cooking sweet, my umma has put a total ban and in all my drafts, I have almost exhausted my list of sweet stuff, which is making me feel depressed, and you really noticed it!!! I am so glad that upcoming bloggers like you are noticing my little space… In short, all of you who come here on a daily basis and leave beautiful words that get me really excited – I would love to tell names but if I miss out on anybody, I would really be disappointed…Β all of you keep me going and make me what I am…


Exactly how I feel!!!

I guess I am still not able to express my feelings – actually I am really bad at it! I think a lot and what comes out is a miniscule… Hehe…


Today, finally I am posting a dessert. Believe me, I guess I have to change my blog name or else I will not be doing any justice. There are just handful of desserts in my whole list of drafts and remaining all are meals and curries, or spicy food. Geesh… I am sure it’s my problem of having done my post scheduling. Whatever said and done, there is no point in complaining. I am still a sweet tooth, whatever said and done, whether I cook sweet or not. The days I don’t cook, you can see me eating a Lindt here, a Ferrero Rocher there, a London Diary here and a slice of chocolate cake there!!! I still have and keep my sweet tooth on… πŸ˜‰


The humble rava kesari is what I offer today, this was the first time I made it. As usual, I distributed it to my colleagues when my share was done and was well received. Don’t I love working!!! When I put on calories, I make sure I become extra sweet and ‘donate’ some of those calories for my lovely colleagues… Amn’t I sweet??? Ha ha ha… We never make this at home, apart from eat it in the platter served at the Tamilian vegetarian restaurants here, so when I got a chance, I made it and really enjoyed it. Quite a simple treat…



Rava Kesari ~ Semolina Sweet

Course Sweet
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup semolina rava
  • 3 tbsp ghee
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 strands of saffron
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • Fried cashews and raisins as needed


  • Heat ghee in a saucepan. Add the semolina and roast till slightly brown.
  • Add the boiling water. Stir constantly and cook over medium flame, ensuring no lumps are formed. When the mixture thickens, add the sugar and mix well.
  • Crush the saffron in the milk, add the turmeric, mix well.
  • Add into the semolina mixture along with the cardamom. Keep stirring.
  • When the sugar is completely melted and the kesari forms a semi solid form, remove from fire. Spread into a greased pan. Sprinkle the cashews and raisins and set aside to solidify. Cut into pieces and serve!!!


1. The sugar used by me was really mild - I had made a literally diabetic friendly kesari!!! But that's why I was able to eat it more! πŸ˜‰ Hehe... So use more sugar as necessary.
2. You can add in the nuts and stir, while adding the cardamom.

Join the Conversation

  1. Yummy kesari..lovely post..

    1. Thank u so much shabbu…

  2. Rafeeee, i stay in dubai.we need to meet soon.

    Delicious kesari

    1. Yes Humi 4 sure, InShaAllah… πŸ™‚

  3. Rafeedss !!! gosh, i have too much to write to this..so think will go by the numbers:
    1- firstly, thanks very much for all the likes on my fb page. really appreciate it. πŸ™‚

    2 – the "i think..i speak" image. wow ! from where in the world did u dig that out. class !!!

    3 – its soo true how we begin to consider ourselves way soo close, eventhough we have never even met…even my latest post "the biriyani" one..i really went back to that friend of mine , wrile writing abt it.

    4 – the kesari..super simple and such a great dessert !

    1. Thank u Sons 4 that loooong comment!!! FByullappo enganeyulla quotesinu oru panjavumundavilla mole…hehe… I'm so glad dat I've come across lovely characters thru blogging, like u!!! πŸ™‚

  4. Rafeeda, loved reading through about friends. Would love to meet you some day. If you are coming to Abu Dhabi, drop in. Shed your calories soon and be back to blogging with more desserts. I love to see your sweet recipes. Rava Kesari looks delicious.

    1. Though AUH is like distant possibility, if the opportunity comes, then 4 sure!! Thank u so much desr… πŸ™‚

  5. wow just loved the whole post…me too share this same problem sometimes..so much inside and very little comes out..hehe..delicious recipe…

    1. Thank u so much dear…

  6. My all time favourite..

    1. Thank u so much shobha. ..

    1. Thank u so much dear…

  7. lovely post and yummy kesari dear πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much manjula…

  8. really enjoyed reading the lovely writeup:)i totally agree the fact that" these men will not understand the bond of women over food" thulyadukhithar:)hehee

    kesari looks yummy…

    1. Haha…thamashakkareee… πŸ™‚ thank u so much darling…

  9. VEry nice post and yummy kesari…

    1. Thank u so much priya…

  10. wonderful write up…it happens sometime we think too much but what comes out is like the pic you showed…loved that kesari too

    1. Thank u so much dear.. πŸ™‚

  11. looks sooo yummy…

    1. Thank u so much divya…

  12. Lovely Rafeeda πŸ™‚ I am very tempted to make this one today πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much avika… πŸ™‚

  13. Nice reading through your post..we too r in Shj..will meet someday> Rava kesari is triggers a nostalgic feel for me. It was something my mother used to frequently make at home when I was a kid. Somehow now its a long time since she has made it..just have it when we visit Saravana Bhavan sometimes.

    1. Thank u so much priya…ah, so v r smwhere nearby, shud meet up… πŸ™‚

  14. Rafeeda, Nice post.. and lovely dessert!

    1. Thank u so much veena…

  15. Rafee made the breakfast dosa last night it was really nice, had it with cauliflower curry:)
    Let the blog name sweet tooth be sweet with words.Don't load urself with sugar girl..!

    1. Appo peru maatanallo Meena…glad 2 know u liked it! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ and thank u 4 ur consideration, really appreciate. …

  16. My mom used to make these but very rarely…. and I used to loooove these so much that I used to exchange tiffins with my friend who used to bring these frequently at school…shh..thatz a secret my mom doesn't know of :D…Thanks for sharing the recipe..

    1. Good ur mom doesnt have a blog!!! πŸ˜‰ Thank u 4 ur lovely comments dear…

  17. nice write up. meeting blogger friends must be really exciting. I wish I cud also meet someone at some point of time :). Kesari is lying in my drafts too. its a quick-fix dessert alle. ur kesari luks natural , love tat u havent added any artificial colors to it.

    1. Thank u so much shreee…. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  18. Hey Rafee loved reading the post. I will sure meet you when I come over not sure when though or if u are coming to part πŸ™‚ kesari looks delicious.

    1. U r definitely on my 2c list, but when is a big question…hopefully soon… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  19. nice post with delicious sweet…

    1. Thank u so much preeti…

  20. a very reflective and Wonderful write up,i really appreciate your taking time to really bond with people and write such a sweet post :)……I have a big sweet tooth too and shedding calories can be quite impossible :)Loved ur kesari looks amazing ! liked ur click too…

    1. Thank u so much 4 ur encouraging comments reni… really appreciate! πŸ™‚

  21. You are right, sometime, we get really great friend through blogging, by the way your rava kesari looks delicious.

    1. Thank u so much Swathi… πŸ™‚

  22. My H's all time favourite..I do share the same experience indeed blogging makes wonderful friends.. Enjoy sis.

    1. I can c on ur page, akka… πŸ™‚ thank u so much…

  23. How exciting to meet blogger friends in real life! Your rava kesari looks delicious!

    1. Thank u so much Ambreen… πŸ™‚

  24. U r sooo sweet & humble dear !! And very thoughtful of you to appreciate the little sweet deeds done by others πŸ™‚ Love ur attitude gal !! And rava kesari is my all time favorite, best made by my granny !!

    1. hey chitz, thank you so much…it's all of you who keep me going dear and i've to really admit it… πŸ™‚

  25. OMG Rafeeda! This is such a lovely post:) honestly, it was a very sweet and memorable meet up:) And I didn't have enough of you at all in such a short time. You are as precious as I had imagined, Masha Allah! Hope our roads cross again and again in sha Allah.

    1. MaShaAllah… I'm so humbled u called me precious!!! Even I felt time was not enough, but InShaAllah, next time, whenever it is, we should go out for a whole day!!! Love u for the sake of Allah, hope to see you soon… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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