Posting this recipe on the special occasion of Varamahalakshmi Pooja, which is a very important festival in Southern India. For people from Bangalore like me, pineapple Kesari bath brings fond memories of special occasions like weddings and Sathyanarayana Pooja where this dish is routinely served. It is a quick and easy to make recipe.
Ingredients: Serves 4
Rava (Sooji)- 2 cups
Water – 3 cups
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Ghee ( Clarified butter ) – 1/2 cup
Pineapple chunks – 1/2 cup
Cardamom ( Elaichi ) powder – 1 tsp
Cloves – 2 small finely crushed
Saffron ( Kesar ) – 6-8 threads soaked in warm milk for an hour
Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a thick bottomed pan. Toast the cashew nuts and raisins till the nuts turn golden brown. Set aside the roasted nuts and in the same pan, dry roast the rava till you can smell the aroma. Do not let the rava turn brown.
In a saucepan, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add 1/2 cup sugar and pineapple chunks and stir until the pineapple chunks become soft. Then stir in the roasted rava gently into the pan, taking care not to form any lumps. Add 1/2 cup ghee while continuosuly stirring. Once the rava is cooked, add the soaked saffron, elaichi powder. Top it off with the roasted nuts and raisins. Serve warm.