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By Latha on February 1st, 2016

karnataka style kesari bath recipe

Karnataka style easy and quick Kesari bath recipe with step by step pictures. Kesari bath is a very very popular recipe originated from the state of Karnataka, India. This is a very common sweet or desert prepared during festivals, special occasions, normal days and when there are sudden guests at home. In south Karnataka Kesari bath is prepared for the breakfast during the weddings. Kesari bath is prepared for normal breakfasts and is served with uppittu(upma) or Khara Bath in one plate and is popularly called as the "Chow Chow Bath". In mangalore region people call it by name shira or sheera. In North India also this sweet is popular and they call it by name sheera or sooji halwa.

And about the name "Kesari bath", "Kesari" translates to "orange colour" in kannada language and "bath" is a common word used for these kind of preparations. So for Kesari bath generally orange food colour is used but using yellow and green colours are also in practice. But I have used turmeric powder because food colours are not so good for health.

Recently I came to know, people referring "kesari" to the spice saffron(kesari) and using saffron(kesari) in the kesari bath preparation. But I have not come across anyone preparing Kesari bath using saffron in Karnataka. So its a big question mark? If anyone is clear please let me know.

Now I would like to share an interesting fact about this recipe. Even though its a very common and simple recipe, it is a bit tricky too. Everyone can not prepare the authentic lip smacking Kesaribath. Even I was having difficulty in preparing the tasty Kesari bath. Now I am very happy that I can prepare it so well and I am proud of it. By the way this recipe I learnt from my elder brother who is not a cook but surprisingly he has the idea and recipe of many sweets and dishes. Even my mother and mother-in-law are great cooks. So whenever I get a doubt, I will either call my brother or mother or mother in law and instantly they will explain me the recipe. I wrote too much today..lets get on to the recipe of Kesari bath. If you are looking for more sweet recipes then do visit our Karnataka sweet recipes section.

Karnataka style Kesari bath recipe

Preparation time: 1 min
Cooking time: 10 min
Serves: 2

Ingredients: (measuring cup used = 120ml)

  1. 1 cup medium rava / sooji / semolina
  2. 3 cups water
  3. 1.25 cup sugar
  4. 0.5 - 1 cup ghee (be generous)
  5. 1/2 tsp lemon juice (optional but I recommend)
  6. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  7. A pinch of salt
  8. A big pinch of cardamom powder
  9. 5-6 cashews
  10. 8-10 raisins

Instructions for making Karnataka style Kesari bath:

  1. Now to prepare Keasri bath first take a vessel. Add water, sugar, salt, turmeric powder and lemon juice and keep it for boiling. Adding lemon juice and salt gives nice texture and removes the bland taste of Kesari bath. It will take few minutes to come to boil and in this time gap take a ghee in a frying pan.boiling water and sugar for kesari bath
  2. Keep the frying pan on the stove top and switch on the stove. Add in rava, cashews and raisins and fry them under medium flame until the raisins are swollen. Reduce the flame.frying rava for kesari bath
  3. By now the water will be boiling and carefully pour the boiling water in to the frying pan little by little. If you follow this kesari bath recipe, you need not worry about lump formation.adding sugar syrup for kesari bath
  4. Add in cardamom powder and keep stirring till it reaches thick paste consistency. It will become hard once it is cool. Please note this stage takes hardly 3-4 minutes. Do not over cook it. Lip smacking kesari bath is ready. Serve it either hot or cold.making kesari bath

Dear reader, We have a Kannada version of this recipe. Click here to read this recipe in Kannada.

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