Kesari Bhath ~ A Delightful Dessert!

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Kesari Bhath is something that’s very dear to me. This is one sweet that my nephew and nieces always want, when they visit us. The first day breakfast menu will always be Idly, Sambar, Chutney and Vada with Kesari Bath. My sis-in-laws will ensure that the kids had their breakfast before letting them peep at the kesari bath. And through the day one can see their frequent visit to the place its kept. They ensure its complete by the evening! Amma makes one mean Kesari bath. The consistency, texture and colour varies for different occasion. Amma makes these for different festivals, poojas. I guess each person relates to this in a different way. Hubby dear says that he agreed mainly after eating kesari bath at our place!. For me, memories of Kesari bath only brings me fond ones of my little relatives at home. Its a satisfaction that’s never compared. There is nothing more satisfying and complete than getting approved by a little one. And I am always on cloud nine, when they ask me to prepare it for them. Thats an indulgence in itself. They ensure they get their extra quota of sugar and ghee!

I have seen different colours of Kesari Bhath, thats in any form is tempting. Pale Yellow, Saffron, Bright Orange, Red, But, that a white plain one can also tempt, was something that I realized only after seeing and eating one. Most times we associate the dish with its colour. For me Paneer Butter Masala can’t be anything but Red, likewise Kesari Bath has to be some shade of Red/orange. This is one type that Amma does, is a Neivethyam for special poojas on Tuesday. The shiny crystallized look of the rava is very appealing, not to say tempting.

Kesari Bath is something thats common among all the south Indian states, I am not about to venture into its history of origin. For me, at times, I am not sure if a particular dish belongs to Andhra or Tamil Nadu, now it doesn’t really matter if it belongs to any place as long as it does to my Kitchen. When something is good, its better we just enjoy that its being served in any part you visit with infusion of its culture! And since when I googled for Karnataka desserts, this is what is featured as the most favorite sweet. No issues for me!

And Asha says that this is a traditional Kannadiga dessert! So sending this to our dear Asha hosting the RCI: Karnataka. Am sure this round up will display loads of kesari baths!

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Cuisine : Andhra, Karnataka

Ingredients Needed:

Rava/ Semolina/ Cream of wheat – 1 cup
Sugar – 1 & 1/2 cup
Ghee – 3 tbsp
Water – 1 cup
Milk – 2 cups

Colouring (optional) – Kesari colour / Saffron / Yellow

Garnishing : Cashew Nuts, Raisins, Almonds, Cardamom powder

Method to Prepare:

Heat a pan with 1 tsp ghee, roast all the nuts. Keep aside.

Add another tsp of ghee, roast the Rava till it comes out non – sticky. Remove and keep aside

Heat the pan with water and Milk and bring to boil. Add Sugar and let it dissolve.

Then add the rava little by little so that lumps are not formed.

Simmer and cover with lid so that Rava cooks well. Add all the garnishing ingredients. Top it with remaining ghee.

Depending on individual liking, this can be served. It can be chilled and served. We like it hot!


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  1. Loved reading the write up, about kids!:))
    Yes, Kesari Bhaat are around these blogs for RCI K including mine too!:D
    Looks delicious,thanks for cooking for me Sri.

  2. Hey i am sure your sister in laws kids are angry with their mom for keeping them away from the sweet.
    I am not a kid anymore :-((( but i wouls sure love to have a big portion of your kesari…

  3. Halwa is all time favo dessert to depend on! But Iam lil skeptical about the proportion of water and milk here. I know milk gives out very creamy taste but once cold its not delectable. I use the opposite ratio of 2:1.

    But really kesari Bhath is a time saver too! I mainly prepare this for naivedyam on all festivals

  4. looks delicious dear! my favorite. BTW srivalli kesari bhath is with kesari saffron threads and without it is called Sheera. Just to let you know but some do call the same too not sure why ha ha ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I make the same thing but my proportions are 1:1:1:1. You’ve used 1 cup of water and 2 cups of milk… yet the consistency is the same as mine. Amazing!!

  6. Pooja, agree with you on that..

    Richa, thank you!

    Tee , very nice of you

    Asha, glad you liked..:) will have so many varieties of kesari bhath to showcase

    Happy cook, yes they surely did….and you may not be a kid now but you can always have it even now.:)

    Shyam, I am with you

    musical, good to know that

    Padma, agree with you on that…but it never stayed that long for us to know…:)))

    Jeena, thanks for the nice comments

    Sharmi, ha looks like lot of festivals round the corner nothing else

    Roopa, thanks…hey thats information…thanks for sharing…

    Cynthia, good to know

    easycrafts, agree with you on that!

    Raaga, really…but if you ask me I am never consistent with water and milk. depends on how much milk I have on hand

    Lathamma, you are so right

    Prajusha, great we are thinking alike

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