Rava Kesari (Suji Halwa)


Rava Kesari/Kesari baath/Sheera is a common sweet recipe in South India made with rava or suji, sugar, ghee and nuts. Kesari means saffron/saffron colour. It is one of the most cherished Indian dessert which can be made in 20 minutes.

Rava Kesari | Suji Halwa

Servings 8
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins


  • 6 tbsp Ghee
  • 3 tbsp Cashew
  • 1 tbsp Raisins
  • 1 cup Fine Rava/sooji/semolina/cream of wheat
  • ½ tsp Cardamom powder/crushed cardamom
  • ¾ cup Granulated sugar You can add more if required
  • cup Water or Milk
  • 6 pinches Saffron
  • ¼ tsp Salt


  • Heat ghee in a pan on medium-low flame. Fry cashew nuts and raisins and keep aside. Turn the flame to low and add the Rava. Stir frequently while roasting Rava for even cooking. Roast till the ghee is separated and the color of the Rava changes slightly ( it should not become brown).
  • As you begin to roast Rava, on another burner bring to boil, water, saffron, granulated sugar and salt.
  • Once the Rava is roasted and the sugar syrup comes to a nice boil, add the syrup to the Rava mixing continuously. Take care while pouring as the mixture splutters. Break lumps, if any while mixing.
  • Once the Rava absorbs the syrup, mix in cardamom powder, cashews and raisins, keep aside a few for garnish.
  • Switch off the flame and cover the pan and let the Rava Kesari steam for 5 mins.
  • After five minutes, remove the lid. Stir Rava Kesari. If you want to make slices, then immediately pour the Rava Kesari into a steel pan or tray. Spread evenly and when warm or cooled, cut into diamond-shaped or square slices. Alternatively, you can use any shape mold you prefer while still hot.
  • Melt in your mouth, simple and easy Rava Kesari/Suji Halwa is ready to serve hot or warm. Enjoy!!


  •  If you use milk instead of water, it is called Milk Kesari which will be a richer dessert.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: easy indian dessert, indian mittai recipe, rava kesari, sheera recipe, suji dessert, suji ka halwa recipe

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Food for Soul

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord,“My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” – Psalm 91:1-2

“To dwell” can mean a couple of things. It can be the place where we live or it can be the place where we place our thoughts. It can be a place of happiness or one of unhappiness, anxiety, or dissatisfaction.

When trials hit we run to our fears and often allow them to overwhelm us. The Psalmist however asks us to consider another place to dwell. He tells us that we should be dwelling in the shelter of the Most High. The shelter of the Most High is an intimate place of divine protection. The use of “Most High” for God emphasizes that no threat can ever overpower Him.

Therefore, when we dwell, when we place our thoughts and emotions on God, He will protect our thoughts and us. We must also remember to stay at that place of protection for the Psalmist says that we must “abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” To abide means to remain and to stay.

We are to take our thoughts captive and return them to the One who cares for us most. We then can say that God is our, “refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Beloved, do not allow the trials of this life to pull you away from the Lord. Remain steadfast clinging to Jesus for your protection. There is no better place to be!

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