Aval Kesari is one of the quickest and easy Indian Sweets you can make. When I was planning the Tamil Nadu Breakfast Thali, I wanted a quick sweet to accompany, more so a Kesari as this is the standard sweet to be served in all Breakfast Thalis.
Since I have a handful of Kesari recipes already shared, I was looking for a new one and a quick one at that. So nothing beats Poha, both the ingredient and the dish as it is called. So wanted to make a Kesari with it in the usual method. Amma loves sweets, especially she is fond of frequently making either Payasams or Kesari for Neivedyam. When I had made this, she enjoyed it so much and loved the fact that this is really so quick to make.
This sinful looking Aval Kesari was part of the Tamil Nadu Breakfast Thali I made during March. The thali had Kalyana Ven Pongal, Thakali Rava Kichadi, Mini Idlis, Mini Dosas, Medu Vada, along with a variety of side dishes like Kathirikai Gostu, Thengai Chutney, Podi.
Aval Kesari | Poha Kesari
3/4 cup Poha / Aval / Flattened Rice
3/4 cup Sugar Increase by 2 tsp if required
1.5 cups Milk
2 tbsp Ghee
A Pinch Red Food Colour / Kesari
How to make Aval Kesari
In a nonstick pan, dry roast the aval till slightly browned. Remove and allow to cool.
Once it had cooled down, pulse to a fine powder in a mixer.
Heat the pan again and add milk. Bring to boil and simmer while adding the aval powder.
Combine everything and simmer for 2 mins. Add the food colour and mix.
Now add the sugar slowly and mix well. Let this simmer for 5 to 7 mins.
Finally, add ghee and mix. Add roasted nuts and serve hot.