Happy Dussehra to all my readers! Celebrate the day with this delicious Mixed Fruit Rava Kesari.
Today is special for us in another way as well, as it's our boys the Tenth Birthday. I have taken the day off to spend time with them, plus complete the special Dussehra pooja. I have been observing the Navaratri Pooja this year as well with special rice dishes and a sundal for each day, as it's been a custom with me all these years.
On the tenth day, being the Dussehra or Vijayadashami, we have a special pooja with the regular Festival Menu.
The Festival Menu always includes
To make it extra special and the fact that I asked if Amma can give me ideas for a sweet dish thats traditionally made during festival time, she went ahead and made this Fruits Kesari.
Mixed Fruits Kesari is quite popular in Tamil Nadu and we have seen it been served during weddings or during special festival caterings done. The Vegetarian Fine Dining includes this in their Menu.
Though I do have Pineapple Kesari, Microwave Mixed Fruits Halwa, never came around making a Kesari with mixed fruits. Traditionally pineapple is added to this instead of Kiwi. Amma said she wanted all colours and completely forgot about pineapple.
She told me that Daddy simply loved it and was asking if I have clicked pictures. Yes of course, how can I miss when this was especially for today and for this series, a special from Tamil Nadu.
Mixed Fruits Rava Kesari
- 1 cup Semolina /Rava
- 1 & 1/4 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 2.5 cups Water
- 3 tbsp Ghee
- 1 cup Apple
- 1 cup Kiwi
- 1 cup Banana
- 1.2 cup Pomegranate Kernels
- A pinch Cardamom powder
- Few Strands Saffron
- 2 tbsp Dry Fruits
- Heat a nonstick pan with 1 tbsp ghee, roast the dry fruits till they turn slightly coloured. Remove to a bowl. Then add another tsp of ghee, roast the semolina well, remove to a bowl.
- Finally add another tsp of ghee, add all the chopped fruits and roast well for 5 mins. Now add the water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 mins, then add the roasted rava. At this stage add the milk. Combine everything well. Simmer completely and cover with lid.
- After 5 to 7 mins, remove the lid, add the cardamom powder, saffron strands, roasted dry fruits and remaining ghee and when the consistency comes to googy texture, switch off and serve hot.