Paal Kesari


Kesari is one of the common sweets prepared at home. Having a sweet tooth, sis and I ask Amma to frequently prepare kesari with any snack like bhajji, pakoda , Bonda etc. My mom used to tease us asking “Entha Mapalai varar ungala parka ;-)” In our culture, there was a trend when bride and groom meet for first time, kesari is served. Kesari is usually prepared with water, but replacing water with milk gives a good taste.

Paal Kesari

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Sweet


Rava (Sooji)/Semolina – 3/4 cup

Brown Sugar – 1 cup + 1/4 cup (Adjust according to your taste)

Milk – 2 cup + 1/4 cup

Butter / Ghee – 4 tbsp

Cardamom powder – 1/8 tsp

Nuts and raisin – to garnish (I used cashew and almonds)

Food color – 1/8 tsp



  • Add 1 tbsp of ghee and roast nuts and raisins till they are golden brown, and set aside


  • In the same pan dry roast the rava for 2 minutes (Roast them till aroma comes) and transfer it to a plate.


  • In medium flame add milk to the same pan and when milk starts boiling add the rava and stir continously to avoid lumps

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  • Continue cooking till its cooked. Check whether Rava is cooked before adding sugar


  • Add sugar, and cook till sugar melts completely and Kesari thickens. stir it occassionally


  • Add butter and food color, continue cooking till food color dissolves and mixs completely



  • Turn off when kesari separates from the pan. Add nuts and raisins, and serve the Kesari hot/cold. Kesari thickens with time so switch it off accordingly



My Notes:

  • Instead of adding food color at the end can also add them while boiling milk. I have used orange food color instead yellow, green or any other food color can be used
  • I have used brown sugar instead white sugar can also be used
  • Can add almond/vanilla/pineapple extract or any other essence for taste. Saffron can also be added
  • Pachai karpuram can also be added for flavour

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60 thoughts on “Paal Kesari

  1. Liz November 11, 2014 at 8:50 PM Reply

    I was wondering what Rava is but then I saw sooji or semolina, which are the names I’m familiar with. I think I want to try this. It’s quite simple to make. I shall give you a feedback!

  2. Bikramjit November 3, 2014 at 6:45 AM Reply

    yum yum yum …. heyyyyyyyyyyyyy how you doing

  3. Lovely pictures and recipe, Vidya! I am already drooling over your Paal Kesari. Should try this one very soon! Have a wonderful day ahead! 🙂

  4. thehungrymum October 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM Reply

    What lovely presentation! It looks so chic & delish.

  5. platedujour October 22, 2014 at 4:01 PM Reply

    Is anyone there? ?

  6. Liz October 21, 2014 at 7:04 PM Reply

    I love Indian sweets and desserts. Always a pleasure to eat and healthy too!

  7. The Gastronomic Bong October 15, 2014 at 4:59 PM Reply

    This looks so delicious.. Love the orange hue.. 🙂

  8. Baking Magique October 14, 2014 at 2:19 PM Reply

    What a lovely blog you have!

  9. coconutcraze October 7, 2014 at 8:32 AM Reply

    I have someone who loves this…so i am inspired to make it by just looking at your pics. Adding milk is a new twist!

  10. Sony P October 6, 2014 at 9:49 AM Reply

    Rich and divine kesari……..lovely!

  11. ritu October 6, 2014 at 4:28 AM Reply

    This looks yummy. Beautiful color. 🙂

  12. spiceinthecity October 5, 2014 at 3:57 AM Reply

    Kesari with puri! Yummy Vidya 🙂

  13. swathi October 4, 2014 at 10:57 PM Reply

    Looks delicious Paal kesari love it.

  14. Jayanthisindhiya October 3, 2014 at 8:58 PM Reply

    Wow adding milk instead of water,sounds good,going to try

  15. Priya October 3, 2014 at 9:18 AM Reply

    Very inviting n droolworthy paal kesari, feel like inviting myself to ur place.

  16. Stephanie October 2, 2014 at 5:42 PM Reply

    This looks so delicious!

  17. sindhoooo October 2, 2014 at 8:07 AM Reply

    Wow! It looks very cheerful! Orange is such a lively colour!
    TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  18. platedujour October 1, 2014 at 2:58 PM Reply

    It looks truly delicious and probably it would make a great start of the day. Is it like a sort of pudding? I’m so weak when comes to sweet foods, I just can’t resist 🙂 but you know my sister says, true we could live without sweets, but what kind of life would that be 😀

    • Traditionally Modern Food October 1, 2014 at 3:55 PM Reply

      Thanku Marta:-) I agree even I can’t imagine life without sweets..oh ya its a semolina puddinf

  19. Fatima Nayani October 1, 2014 at 2:18 PM Reply

    Yum Yum..!! Last pic is looking like Phirni.. Mouth watering..!

  20. MamaD1xx4xy October 1, 2014 at 12:24 PM Reply

    This sounds wonderful!

  21. Malar October 1, 2014 at 11:58 AM Reply

    Never tried with milk always water, gonna try it soon!! Looks so rich dear 🙂 Yum!!!

  22. skd October 1, 2014 at 7:49 AM Reply

    My grandmom used to make this for me. Oh! You made me nostalgic 🙂

  23. cpriya78 October 1, 2014 at 3:09 AM Reply

    Delicious. .my kutty love it 🙂

  24. shalzzzzz October 1, 2014 at 2:38 AM Reply

    Lovely! I will prepare this soon. I have only white sugar though 😦

    • Traditionally Modern Food October 1, 2014 at 4:14 PM Reply

      Thanks Shalz:-) you can prepare it with white sugar as well infact traditionally its prepared with white sugar

  25. tortadellafiglia October 1, 2014 at 2:18 AM Reply

    wow! I’ve never tried anything like this! i totally love the color! Sounds delicious to me!

  26. Chitra Jagadish October 1, 2014 at 1:11 AM Reply

    Wow scrumptious and elegant kesari…. love it…

  27. srividhya October 1, 2014 at 12:07 AM Reply

    yum.. Love the texture 🙂

  28. Liz September 30, 2014 at 11:05 PM Reply

    so pretty! And looks healthy, too 🙂 I’d eat it for breakfast!

  29. Shamim September 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM Reply

    A bowl of kesari would ‘hit the spot right now’. Thanks for making me drool 🙂

  30. simplyvegetarian777 September 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM Reply


  31. colemangrady79 September 30, 2014 at 10:30 PM Reply

    Sounds lovely I like the mixture of nuts and raisens thanks for sharing

  32. Ema Jones September 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM Reply

    Yummy Semolina treat! Can I use coconut sugar instead of Brown sugar?

    • Traditionally Modern Food September 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM Reply

      Yes Ema you use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar:-)

      • Ema Jones October 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        Actually, I love the coconut flavor. Happy Cooking 🙂

  33. Bonnie Eng September 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM Reply

    Beautiful recipe, love the orange color!

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