I was in the mood for some dessert last evening and didn't feel like eating any commercially produced dessert. So, I made my own somewhat healthy dessert.
Kesari is a dessert from South India, which is made with semolina / cream of wheat. I have seen it served with breakfast in Bangalore, but not necessarily as a dessert.
Here is my recipe:
- Semolina - 2 cups
- Sugar - 1.5 cups (optional)
- Ghee (clarified butter) - 1 cup
- Cashews - 1/2 cup
- Raisins - 1/4 cup
- Pineapple chunks - 1 can
- Blueberries - 1 cup
- In a large pan, roast the semolina, until it turns golden brown. Remove from heat and transfer to a different bowl.
- Wipe the pan clean (of semolina dust, pieces of semolina), add the ghee and turn the heat to medium.
- When the ghee is warm, add the cashews and raisins and fry them until the cashews are golden brown. Remove from heat and allow the ghee to cool. Add the raisin as the ghee starts to cool off, but is still somewhat warm.
- When the contents of step # 3 are relatively cool, add 3 cups of water to the pan with the ghee and cashews, and turn up the heat. Bring the contents to a rolling boil.
- Add the sugar (sugar is optional) and stir.
- Next, in small quantities, add the roasted semolina and stir frequently so that no lumps are not formed.
- Add the pineapple chunks and the blueberries and stir frequently. Turn down the heat to a notch below medium. Cover and cook on lower heat for a few minutes. Stir frequently so that the contents do not stick to the bottom of the pan and burn.
- Turn off the heat and let cool a bit.
Bon appetit' :)
PS. While the sugar is optional, it definitely enhances the sweetness of the Kesari. I try to minimize sugar, hoping that it would be a healthier dessert.