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INIYA TAMIZH PUTHAANDU VAZHTHUKKAL!!
1/2 cup rava
11/2 cup water
½ -3/4 cup sugar
½ tsp Cardamom powder
4 cashews-cut in half
Orange food colour/Saffron-a small pinch
Ghee 2tsp, Ghee for mixing, 1/2 cup
-In a pan, add about ½ tsp of ghee and roast the rava on a low heat, stirring constantly, till it gets slightly brown and gives an aroma. Remove from pan and keep aside.
-Then add 1tsp of ghee and fry the raisins and cashews, on low heat till raisins puff up. Remove from pan and keep aside.
-Add water to the pan and bring to a boil. Add the rava and stir swiftly till it thickens up. Add saffron/food color.
-Add sugar and let it dissolve completely
(If using saffron, soak a few strands in a little warm milk for 10 min before adding. If you use turmeric, the kesari will be yellow rather than orange. In this case you can add 1/2cup cubed pineapple pieces and call it pineapple kesari)
-Add cardamom powder and give it a quick stir. Add more ghee if desired.
-Transfer while hot to a mould greased with ghee.
-Let it cool for 10 min and topple on a plate. Garnish with raisins and cashews
-This sweet can be served hot or cold