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Kesari is a popular Indian dessert that is typically made for joyous occasions and prayers. Try making this sweet and fragrant treat at home!

Let's start cooking!

Browned nuts and raisins in ghee

Step 1 - Roast cashew nuts in ghee and make saffron water

  • In a pan on medium heat, melt 2 Tbsp ghee and add in cashew nuts. Let it fry for 2 minute before adding raisins. Let it fry for another 2 minutes, until cashew nuts are browned.
  • Set aside cashew nuts and raisins.
Saffron with water

Step 2 - Leaving melted ghee in the pan

  • In a smallcup, mix saffron with 1 Tbsp water. Set aside.
Nuts, raisins, saffron water and ghee in semolina flour on pan

Step 3 - Make kesari

  • To the same pan, add in semolina flour. Fry for 1 minute before adding 1 cup water and ¾ cup white sugar. Mix well.
  • Add saffron water, ¼ cup ghee, cashew nuts and raisins into the pan. Let it fryfor 3 minutes, constantly stirring, until well combined.
Kesari in shape mold

Step 4 - Pack kesari into mould and wrap

  • Tightly pack kesari into a round metal bowl or mould of your choice with a spatula until firm.
    Make bite sized portions of this sweet dessert by packing kesari onto a baking tray. Once set, slice into bite sized pieces
  • Wrap dish in cling wrap and let it set in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.
    The word kesari in multiple Indian languages refers to the spice saffron which is used, resulting in its saffron-yellow tinge.

Plate and serve!

Circular kesari with raisins and nuts atop plate

Plate and serve!

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