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Mango Rava Kesari

13 Aug

Mamidi Pandu Rava Kesari.

In mango rava kesari, rava is sooji and kesari is saffron. Mango rava kesari is sweetened and flavored cooked rawa which looks moist. Rava is cooked in water till soft and sweeteend with sugar. Later it is flavored with mango pulp and garnished with fried nuts.
Makes: 2 Cups of Mango Rava Kesari


Fine Sooji 1 Cup
Mango Puree 1 – 1 1/2 Cup
Finely Chopped Ripe Mango 1/4 Cup
Sugar 1 1/2 Cups
Cashews 5
Almonds 4
Golden Raisins 8
Cardamom Powder a big pinch
Saffron a small pinch
Ghee 1 tbsp

Method of preparation:

Roughly chop cashews and almonds.
Heat half a tbsp of ghee in a pan, add cashews, almonds and raisins.
Fry till nuts turn golden color and raisins puff up.
Remove them onto a bowl for garnish.

Heat remaining ghee in the pan, add sooji and fry on medium – low flame for couple of minutes till sooji turn light golden color and lose all the raw flavor. Remove onto a plate for later use.
Heat around 2 3/4 to 3 cups of water in a sauce pot and add sugar and saffron.
Let the sugar melt completely and water come to a heavy boil.
Reduce the flame and and slowly stir in the sooji.
Stir thoroughly during the process to avoid lumps.
Remove the bowl from heat, stir in mango puree and chopped mango.
Finally mix in the fried cashews, almonds and raisins.
Keep the pot covered for a minute for the sooji to absorb all the flavors.
Serve mango rava kesari hot or cold.
Notes: If mango puree is sweetened, adjust the sugar accordingly.

Suggestions: If sooji is uncooked before adding mango puree, add more water if required and cook till sooji is soft.
Variations: Mango Halwa which is little hard and more sweetened. Pineapple Rava Kesari (rava kesari having cooked in pineapple juice garnished with chopped pineapple) or rava kesari with mixture of fruits like mango pineapple, mango papaya, etc…
Other Names: Mango Rawa Kesari.