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Rava Kesari (Godhuma rawa Kesari)

Creamy and delicious rava kesari made with wheat rava and milk. A perfect dessert to make during festivals or for any special occasion.
Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: south indian
Servings: 6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons Ghee
  • 1 tablespoon Cashews
  • 1 tablespoon Raisins
  • ½ cup Wheat Rava/ Dalia
  • cups Warm Milk*
  • ⅓~½ cup Sugar
  • ½ tsp Ground Cardamom


  • Heat 1 tablespoon ghee in a pan; fry the cashews and raisins until golden. Remove into a bowl and set aside.
  • In the same pan, heat the remaining ghee in the same pan on medium heat; add the wheat rava and cook it until golden, about 3~4 minutes.
  • Slowly pour in the warm milk, while whisking constantly to make sure that no lumps form. Bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and cook until rava is completely cooked through and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add the sugar and mix well. The halwa will get liquidy first and will thicken in a few minutes. Stir in ground cardamom and the fried cashews/ almonds & raisins, mix well and turn off the heat. Serve warm or at room temperature.


  • Use a combination of water and milk for a lighter dessert. Or use just water to make it dairy-free or use almond or oat milk to make it vegan.
  • Ghee can be subbed with vegan butter to make this 100% vegan dessert.
  • I recommend using fine wheat rava for this recipe. But you can also use medium-coarse variety, if you can't find it.
  • Fine bulgur is an acceptable substitute.
  • Adjust the amount of sugar as per your taste preference. Typically the same amount of sugar as rava is added. But feel free to use less if you don't like it too sweet.
  • To ensure that the halwa is creamy, add warm milk or water and whisk well. Also cooking on medium-low flame helps to keep the consistency smooth.
  • If the halwa seems too dry after cooking, then add ¼ cup of warm milk or water and cook for 1~2 more minutes.
  • For added flavor, add a pinch of saffron and mix well.


Calories: 185kcal
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