Kesari Bath Recipe

kesari bath recipe

With the kesari bath recipe, prepare the delicious food, kesari bath. It is also known as rava kesari, among others. This sweet cuisine is a traditional south Indian vegetarian food that has existed since several decades. Here is the kesari bath recipe you may want to use to make this sweet dish for a special event.

Kesari bath is an item that many prepare as nyvedhyam to Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Maha Shivaratri.

What are the main ingredients of kesari bath recipe? Rava / semolina, ghee (clarified butter), sugar, dry grapes (raisins) and cashew nuts are the main items of this food.

Use rava, ghee, sugar and water in the ratio of 1:1:1:3.5 to make kesari bath with the right texture and taste.

An item in this dish that standout from the health view, while enhancing its taste, is dry grapes.

Food Fact
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Raisins(dry grapes) are said to have a strong capability to reduce the risk of diabetes or cardio-vascular disease.1

pineapple rava kesari
Pineapple kesari bath is another type of mouth-watering rava kesari. As the name says, pineapple is the main ingredient of this sweet dish variety.

Kesari, too, is a key item. Its high cost, however, constraints its use in preparing this food. Learn how to make kesari bath without using kesari with this recipe.

A highlight of this kesari bath recipe is that it does not use any ingredients that give an artificial color to this food.

Try chow-chow bath, which is khara bath and kesari bath. In this combination, the first is another avatar of vegetable upma. The chow-chow bath is sure to please the taste buds more.

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Servings: 2-3


1. Fine rava / chiroti rava / semolina 1/4 cup
2. Ghee / clarified butter 1/4 cup or to taste; See also Tip #1
3. Sugar 1/4 cup or to taste
4. Water 3.5 times of 1/4 cup of rava
5. Cloves 4-5
6. Cashew nuts 10-12
7. Dry grapes / raisins 12-15

How to make Kesari Bath?

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1. Heat sugar and water in a utensil to make the sugar syrup.

You can follow Steps 1 and 2 simultaneously.

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2. Set flame to low.

Heat a thick-bottom kadai or utensil.

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3. Add 3/4 quantity of the ghee.

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Add cashew nuts, grapes, cloves and fine rava as soon as the ghee melts.

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4. Fry till the grapes swell, cashew nuts turn golden brown and you get the aroma of fried rava.

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If you do not fry the rava till you get the aroma, then the kesari bath will be sticky.
5. Check if the water-sugar mixture in Step 1 has come to a boil:

If it has, the sugar syrup is ready

If it has not, increase the heat and bring the mixture to boil

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6. Add the syrup to the rava mixture slowly and carefully, because the syrup may spurt upward. Mix thoroughly.

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7. Cover with a plate when the mixture gets a halwa-like consistency.

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Cook for three to four minutes.

Remove the plate. Mix.

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If the mixture has not become thick, cook till the rava absorbs all the syrup and mixture becomes thick.
8. Add one teaspoon of ghee from the remaining ghee quantity. See also Tip 1.


Cook for a few more minutes.

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Switch off the stove. Wait for two to three minutes.
9. Kesari bath or rava kesari is ready.

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TIPS How to make Kesari bath?
1. Add all the remaining ghee, if you want the kesari bath to be extra rich, in Step 8.
2. If you wish to give the kesari color for this sweet, dissolve a pinch of kesar, kesari or saffron stigmas in little water and add these to the sugar syrup.
3. For additional flavor, add two pinches of elaichi or cardamom powder.
4. If you will use medium rava instead of fine or chiroti rava :

- Do not make the sugar syrup
- Add boiling-hot water to the fried rava
- Add sugar after the rava has cooked
- Cook till the rava absorbs the sugar