Can a small tweak to a familiar Indian dessert make it heavenly? Yes it can! Semolina / Rava Kesari is one of the common dessert in India. It is prepared for most of the festivals and also as an offering to God during prayers. In North India it’s called Rava Halwa or Kesari. In Udupi (South India) it’s called Rava Sheera. Likewise, there are several ways to prepare this. The simplest form is made with semolina, saffron or food color, ghee and sugar. I am making a tiny tweak to this by adding diced Pineapple. The key ingredient is still ghee, but pineapple adds a wonderful dimension to the taste. Some of my friends have suggested using substitutes for ghee, but I think there is no replacement for the taste or authenticity that ghee provides.
I have prepared this dessert several times and it never fails to excite my kids! My daughter calls it the Yummy Rava 🙂
The bright color and wonderful aroma makes it a wonderful option for entertaining guests when you are short on time.
Here’s the step by step directions to Pineapple Rava Sheera:
- 1 cup semolina (fine rava)
- 1 cup organic sugar
- 1 cup chopped pineapple
- 3-4 tbsp clarified butter (ghee)
- 4-5 cloves
- Pinch of saffron or 1/4 tsp orange food color (optional)
- 3 cups water
- Pinch of salt
- Place a nonstick vessel over a medium heat. Sauté the semolina with 1 tsp ghee. Sauté until golden brown and keep the semolina aside on a separate plate.
- In the same non-stick pan, bring 3 cups of water to a boil.
- Add the semolina to boiling water and stir continuously.
- Continue to cook over medium heat and add the organic sugar and food coloring (Or saffron). Continue to stir.
- As you see the water being absorbed by the semolina, add a teaspoon of ghee and continue to stir. Repeat 2-3 times.
- Add the diced pineapple and its juice to it and continue stirring.
- Add a pinch of salt and crushed cloves and mix evenly.
Take off the heat and Pineapple Rava Sheera is ready! With the right amount of ghee, rava sheera should melt in your mouth! Add roasted nuts for more taste. 🙂
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