Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Kesari bath ( Saffron Dessert)

Kesari bath is a sweet dish which is prepared during most of the festivals, funtions and weddings in south India. Kesar meaning saffron gives a nice aroma and the rich colour to the dessert. It tastes best when its hot.

Use the exact measurements given below and this dessert will taste great.

Banana - 1 (Big, Fully ripe)
Milk - 750 ml
Semolina(Rava or Sooji) - 100 gm
Sugar - 200 gm
Ghee (Clarified butter) - 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Honey - 2 tbsp
Saffron - few strands
Kesar colour(optional)

Ghee (clarified butter) 2 tbsp
Cashew nuts 50 gms( halved)
Raisins 50 gms


Stir and roast the semolina in about 2tbsp of ghee till it gets golden brown. One way to find out if the semolina is done is you get a very nice aroma and the semolina starts flowing easily with the spatula. Keep aside.

Mash the banana and fry it in a non stick pan with the remaining ghee for about 5 minutes.

Add milk and saffron and bring it to boil.

Now add the roasted semolina little at a time and keep stirring so that no lumps are formed. Add sugar and stir well.

Finally add the cardamom powder, honey. Mix it well.

Close the lid and on a medium to low flame, let it cook for few minutes.

In another small pan, roast cashews and raisins in 2 tbsp of ghee till golden brown.
Spread it over the kesari bath at the end and serve.

Yummy Kesari bath is ready.



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