Friday, February 17, 2017

Apple Kesari/Apple Sheera/Apple and Semolina Pudding

Kesari, one of easiest desserts made in Indian kitchens :). You have some sudden guests, some pooja at home, or simply you wanted to have something sweet, kesari comes to rescue. It takes less than 30 minutes to make and it is so versatile. I even thought of making 3 different types of kesari for all 3 days of the theme. 
The general proportion for getting this right is 1:2:3, for a cup of sooji/rava, 2 cups of sugar and 3 cups of liquid. Enusre the liquid is warm when you add it to the sooji, so there will be no lumps. 
For today, i m bringing you the simple kesari with apples. Usually cardamom or Saffron is added to flavor this dessert. But since, i m using apples here, i have used Cinnamon, the best paired spice with Apples.  The mild flavor of cinnamom, along with apples, takes this dessert to another level. 
Ingredients
1 cup Sooji/Semolina/Rava
2 nos soft apples, washed and grated
3/4 tsp cinnamon powder
2 nos clove, crushed
1.5 cups of sugar
1 cup of warm milk 
2 cups of water
6 tbsp ghee
3 tbsp of roasted cashewnuts
3 tbsp of roasted raisins
Method

  • In a non-stick pan, dry roast the rava/sooji in a simmer flame, until it is golden brown.Even if you are using pre-roasted rava, do not skip this step. Transfer the roasted rava onto a clean plate.
  • In the same pan, add 3 tbsp of ghee, add the grated apples, cloves and cinnamon and saute for 5 minutes, until apples release a nice aroma.
  • To this now add the roasted rava and saute for 2 minutes. Now add the warm milk and water to this and mix well. Keep stirring as you add the sooji, to avoid lumps. Do not worry, if you get lumps, just take your potato masher and mash it well.

  • Keep the flame simmer. Let the rava cook well. As it cooks, it will absorb all the liquid. So keep the flame simmer and stir frequently or else it might burn at the bottom. It might take around 10-15 minutes for the rava cook soft.
  • Once the rava is cooked, add sugar to this. When sugar is added, the kesari/sheera might liquify a bit, do not worry, it will get absorbed.
  • Now add the remaining 3 tbsp ghee, once tbsp at time and mix well.Once all the liquid is absorbed and the kesari follows the ladle as you mix, it is done.
  • Take it off the stove. Garnish it with roasted cashewnuts and raisins, serve warm and enjoy this flavorsome dessert.

25 comments:

  1. I can see a nice change to the blog! Looks better now... the fonts are so readable! :) I have been dreaming apple kesari since long but wondering why I never got to making it... hmm... looks super good...

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  2. Omg, give me that bowl, those spoons are damn pretty. Irresistble kesari Priya.

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  3. I've never tried this dish before. I love apple dishes, this sounds like it would be quite warming and comforting.

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  4. What a wonderful sounding recipe this is! I love to find and try new authentic recipes like this. I've had a traditional American Rice Pudding that I LOVE but I think this twist is worthy of a try!

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  5. This sounds really tasty! I love Apple dishes, and this sounds like it would be right up my alley. It looks so beautiful.

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  6. You're absolutely Right the cinnamon and apples just go together. This just sounds like such a tasty, great combination!

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  7. Your dark moody pictures are wonderful. The dish looks even better. Delish!!

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  8. I've never had Sooji before, but it sounds SO delicious! And these photos have me drooling!

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  9. Well this sounds delicious! I love Indian food and this dessert sounds amazing.

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  10. I can imagine how good this smells with the cinnamon and cloves. I love apples in dessert!

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  11. I love sheera.. I grew up eating sheera as a kids for Sunday breakfast. This looks so delicious. I love the apple twist..

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  12. Here is a dessert I need to try. I love the list of ingredients. This is something I am going to try over the weekend.

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  13. Oh, what a homey and comforting looking dessert! I love the flavour profile that you're building here! Oh, and those little spoons are so damn cute. :)

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  14. I don't make kesari that often but whenever I do, it is plain kesari without any fruits. Apple kesari looks so good and delicious!!

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  15. The dessert looks delicious. Reading the ingredients I can see where they would come together beautifully resulting in one fantastic fruit dessert. I bet it was gone in a blink of an eye.

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  16. This sounds delicious! I've only used semolina for pasta before, so I like the idea of using it in a dessert.

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  17. I've never heard of this pudding but it looks wonderful and I love so many of the ingredients, I am sure I would love it :D

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  18. I love the idea of using semolina! I have heard of rice for rice pudding which is my hubby's favorite but never made it. Semolina and saffron sound so amazing!

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  19. Apple kesari is so interesting and I love making it in fall when we have an abundance of apple at home. I have not tried using milk in the kesari. Must try it sometime as it would add a richness.

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  20. A very tasteful twist to usual sooji halwa...must try it

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  21. Adding apple to kesari is a great idea. Will have to try this some time.

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  22. Addition of apple in rava halwa, great idea, even good for toddler.

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  23. The apple halwa is a tasty one and I too love adding fruits to rava kesari.

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  24. I love adding fruits to rava kesari. Beautiful pictures.

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