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
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!