Kesari is very famous dessert dish in the state of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. It is made during many festivals too. It's main ingredients are semolina, sugar , ghee and nuts.

It's extremely simple as it takes less than 20 minutes to make it. I got this recipe from raks kitchen. It's usually orange in colour.(food colouring)But today I've added pineapple to the original recipe. So I added yellow food colouring :)
You can impress your guests with this simple Kesari recipe. I'm sure they will be impressed with this little 'pineapple twist'

rava/ semolina - 1 cup
pineapple - 1 cup
sugar - 2 cups
boiling water - 2 and a half cups
ghee - 1/2 cup
cashewnuts - 10
raisins - 10
cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
pinch of salt
yellow food colouring - few drops

  • Chop the pineapple(discard the centre) and place it in a bowl. Add 2 tbsps of sugar and keep aside for 30 minutes.
  • In a pan add 1 tbsp of ghee and fry the cashewnuts. When they start to change colour add the raisins. saute for few seconds. When the raisins start to plump up and the cashews are slightly brown remove from the pan and set aside to use later.
  • Now in the same pan saute the rava in the remaining ghee. You can add 2 more tbsps of ghee while roasting the rava. Roast the rava for a few minutes. Don't let it change colour.
  • Now add the water. Be careful while pouring coz it will splutter and splash outside.
  • Add a pinch of salt
  • Now add the rava and using the spatula, keep stirring, so that it's smooth. Don't let lumps form.
  • At this stage add a few drops of food colouring. (till you get the required colour)
  • Now add the chopped up pineapple, along with the juice.
  • Keep stirring. When it has thickened again, add the sugar. keep stirring.
  • Add the cardamom powder and start adding ghee little by little. You can either add the fried nuts at this stage or choose to use it to garnish it on the top.
  • When the ghee has been used up and the required consistency has been reached you can turn off the stove.
  • The amount of ghee and sugar used in the entire recipe is the total amount stated in the 'ingredients' list. so you can measure it out and keep it in a bowl and use it little by little.

This Pineapple Kesari is my post for the theme 'regional cuisines of a country'. Check out what the other bloggers are doing this blogging marathon 90



  1. The kesari looks awesome, such a lovely texture and color.The addition of pineapple , is a treat.

  2. Very vibrant color! Pineapple must have added such a nice flavor.

  3. The kesari looks amazing, love that texture..

  4. I feel sad that blogging doesn't give an option of stretching my hands and picking up that bowl of yummy looking kesari... :(

  5. Simply love the addition of pineapple in kesaris, my mouth is just watering here. How delicious this kesari looks.

  6. This is my favorite version. You have perfected it for sure with amazing texture and color.

  7. Rava kesari itself is super tempting and with pineapple it must have tasted divine.

  8. I am sure this pineapple flavored rava kesari would be a hit recipe. Looking mouthwatering.Lovely cliks.

  9. pineapple flavored halwa looks so tasty and delicious.

  10. Mmmm....this pineapple kesari is looking so yum. It is going to break all my resolves to control sugar intake

  11. ooh looks so sweet and sticky - must be so delicious!