Mom's Quick-n-Easy Kesari (Indian Semolina Sweet Dish)

Recipe by Anu_N
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READY IN: 10mins
SERVES: 4
YIELD: 1 1/3 cups
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    cup water or 1 cup milk (for a richer, heartier dish; I use water; or use a combination)
  • 38
    cup sugar
  • 1
    pinch saffron
  • 12
    cup semolina, roasted until it just starts to turn a very pale brown
  • 2
    2 tablespoons clarified butter or 2 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 14
    teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1
    tablespoon chopped cashews
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DIRECTIONS

  • Boil water (or 1/2 cup milk+ 1/2 cup water or 1 cup milk), saffron and sugar in a skillet over high heat.
  • Once the sugar has melted and the water (or milk) is boiling rapidly, reduce flame to low, add the semolina and 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons ghee and stir continuously for 2 minutes.
  • The mixture should have"clumped" together into a homogeneous, non-sticky mass (well not TOO sticky!).
  • Remove from flame, add the ground cardamom and mix well.
  • In another small pan heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of ghee and roast the broken cashewnuts in it until golden brown.
  • Add the roasted nuts along with any leftover ghee to the cooked semolina mixture and mix well.
  • Now here's where the fun is!
  • Pack a 1/3 cup measure with the kesari, pressing down well, then invert onto an individual serving dish-- it's not jello, so you'll have to use some force while inverting!
  • Repeat for the rest of the kesari, sit down with friends and family and enjoy this simple sweet dish!
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