Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari recipe | pineapple kesari bath recipe | sheera

Pineapple Kesari recipe | Pineapple rava Kesari | Pineapple Kesari bath recipe



Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


Pineapple Kesari recipe | pineapple rava Kesari | pineapple Kesari bath | pineapple sheera | pineapple halwa recipe | Pineapple semolina pudding (Indian style) with detailed stepwise images and procedures.

Rava Kesari is a classic Indian semolina pudding typically made from semolina (rava/sooji), sugar, water, and ghee. Pineapple rava Kesari is nothing but an addition of pineapple chunks to a plain rava Kesari which makes the sweet more distinct and flavorsome. It is a very popular dessert in South India.

Kesari can be served warm or cold, but this tastes exceptionally great when served warm along with ghee fried cashews on top. A hot scoopable Kesari is my all-time favorite dessert. This recipe is easy as well as quick to make. Even a novice can try this dish without any hassle. It is a must-try recipe if you are fond of pineapples. 


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


I would always prefer a pineapple Kesari bath over the plain one. The specialty of this recipe is, in every bite, you would get the small bits of the sweet and sour flavor of pineapple that is absolutely irresistible. It is such a lip-smacking delicacy prepared especially during festivals, weddings, and on special occasions in India. 

Particularly in Karnataka, this pineapple Kesari bath is served for breakfast. Bath is traditionally served along with Uppitu/Khara bath (savory upma) on one plate and the combo meal is popularly called "chow chow bath" by Kannadigas. 

Additionally, this can be had with poori too. My grandma used to make poori and Kesari bath for breakfast. This poori-Kesari combo tastes so delicious and it is quite a common dish in Karnataka.


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


The Kesari is commonly called as "rava kesari" in Tamil and Telugu, "kesari bath/bhath" in Kannada, "sheera" in Marathi and Hindi, and "suji halwa/sooji ka halwa" in North India and Bangladesh. Also, Pineapple kesari is colloquially called pineapple pudding in Tamil Nadu.

Moreover, there is a slight variation between the North Indian sheera and South Indian kesari. Both have similar ingredients but the outcome and texture are quite different.

In fact, I have tried both South and North Indian version. The sheera is so pure and a straightforward recipe, usually made with rava, little ghee, sugar, and no saffron/food color is added to it. Whereas the South Indian kesari feels so rich and flavorful, a bit gooey, and looks vibrant too. I have always favored kesari and regularly prepare it in my kitchen.


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


The word "Kesari" refers to a spice ingredient "Saffron", it is usually added to bring a natural sunset yellow hue to the food. Since saffron is not pocket-friendly, it may be replaced with edible food colors too.

As far as I know, in most of the South Indian hotels and weddings, the kesari looks deep orange/yellowish in color. However, if you don't favor synthetic colors, simply add a pinch of turmeric powder to get a similar saffron tint.

In this recipe, I have used fresh sweet pineapples. If you don't have access to the fresh ones you may use frozen or canned pineapples too. Nevertheless, the fresh ones taste so much better. Also, I didn't add pineapple essence, I feel the fresh juicy pineapples are enough to provide an authentic flavor to the pineapple Kesari.


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


In India, Semolina/Sooji/Rava is frequently used in both sweet and savory dishes that include rava upma, rava dosa, rava idli, rava Pongal, rava kichadi, rava porridge, and sweet ones are rava ladoo, rava burfi, rava halwa, rava kheer, etc.

Semolina comes in very handy whenever you are in a hurry to make something nutritious snack/meal for your family. Also, do check out the health benefits of rava at the end of this recipe!

Apart from rava kesari, We can also make several different variations of kesari that includes (Poha) aval kesari, (vermicelli) semiya kesari, (milk) paal kesari, etc. 

Similarly, you can also make fruit-based kesari along with banana, pineapple, mango, coconut, grapes, apple, pear, mixed fruits, and dry fruits to get a distinct flavor and natural essence of the fruits. Now let's get into the pineapple rava kesari recipe!


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


Recipe: Pineapple kesari bath | Pineapple rava kesari


Serves: 4
Cuisine: Indian 
Region: South Indian
Course: Dessert
Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 20 mins | Total time: 30 mins.
Diet: Vegetarian
Author: Pavithra

Ingredients:

Upma Rava/Sooji/Semolina - 1 cup
Pineapple - 1/2 cup chopped
Sugar - 1 cup plus 3 tbsp
Ghee - 6 tbsp
Oil - 6 tbsp
Water - 2 cups
Cashews - 10
Raisins - 10
Salt - A pinch

Tips and tricks to get a perfect pineapple kesari:


1. Fresh pineapples works best for this recipe.
2. Use only flavorless oil like canola oil, sunflower oil, etc. Never use peanut oil and coconut oil.
3. Saffron gives a natural hue and nice aroma.
4. Semolina/rava/sooji must be roasted on a low flame.
5. Hot boiling water is the key to kesari.
6. Rava absorbs a lot of ghee, so increase the ghee quantity if required.
7. A pinch of salt is the secret ingredient to the sweets, it helps to balance the sweetness of the dish. So don't skip it.
8. Upma rava/fine semolina works for this kesari.
9. The ratio of rava, sugar, and water is 1:1:2.
10. Both ghee and oil are important to get a scoopable kesari.
11. The entire cooking process should be done on low flame.
12. A drop of pineapple essence may be added.

Preparation before starting the procedure:


1. Soak a pinch of saffron strands in a tbsp of water for 10 mins.

2. Chop pineapples into small chunks and soak the pieces in 3 tbsp of sugar for 10 mins.

3. Heat 2 cups of boiling water in a saucepan over a medium flame.

How to make pineapple kesari:


1. Heat 3 tbsp of ghee in a pan/Kadai and fry cashews, raisins until golden brown on a low flame.

2. Add 1 cup of semolina/rava/sooji.

3. Roast the sooji over a low flame for 5 mins or until it turns aromatic. (Note: Semolina roasting is vital as it helps to avoid forming lumps while adding hot water at the later step).

4. Add the saffron-infused water along with strands.

5. Stir it well and let the flame be on a low level.

6. Now add the sugar-soaked pineapple chunks.

7. Combine it over a low flame.

8. Add 1 cup of sugar. (Note: The ratio of rava to sugar is 1:1).

9. Stir it for 2 to 3 mins and the rava sugar mixture becomes sticky and gooey.

10. Now pour 2 cups of hot boiling water. (Note: Add very hot boiling water only. Cold or room water temperature doesn't work).

11. Stir it for a minute or until no lumps are formed. (Note: If you roast the rava properly, chances of lump formation are quite less).

12. Pour the remaining ghee and oil. 

13. Sprinkle a pinch of cardamom powder. 

14. Close it with a lid and let it cook for 5 mins over a low flame. Let the mixture absorbs all the water, ghee, and oil. (Note: Don't open the lid in-between). 

15. Now open the lid and there will be some oil/ghee floating on top of the kesari. (Note: Oil will be floating only if you pour the required quantity).

16. Give it a mix and switch off the flame. (Note: Pinch a small portion and make a ball with your finger, and it should not be sticky).

17. Scoop and serve the warm pineapple rava kesari in a plate/bowl. 

How to make pineapple rava Kesari with stepwise images:


1. Heat 3 tbsp of ghee in a pan/Kadai and fry cashews, raisins until golden brown on a low flame.


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


2. Add 1 cup of semolina/rava.


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


3. Roast the rava nicely over a low flame for 5 mins or until the raw smell of rava leaves off. (Note: Semolina roasting is vital as it helps to avoid forming lumps while adding hot water).


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


4. Add the saffron-infused water along with strands.


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


5. Stir it well and let the flame be on a low level.


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


6. Now add the sugar-soaked pineapple chunks.


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


7. Combine it over a low flame.


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


8. Add 1 cup of sugar. (Note: The ratio of rava to sugar is 1:1).


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


9. Stir it for 2 to 3 mins and the rava sugar mixture becomes sticky and gooey.


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


10. Now pour 2 cups of hot boiling water. (Note: Add very hot boiling water only. Cold or room water temperature doesn't work).


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


11. Stir it for a minute or until no lumps are formed. (Note: If you roast the rava properly, chances of lump formation are quite less).


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


12. Pour the remaining ghee and oil.


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


13. Sprinkle a pinch of cardamom powder.


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


14. Close it with a lid and let it cook for 5 mins over a low flame. Let the mixture absorbs all the water, ghee, and oil. (Note: Don't open the lid in-between).


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


15. Now open the lid and there will be some oil/ghee floating on top of the kesari. (Note: Oil will be floating only if you pour the required quantity).


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


16. Give it a mix. Pinch a small portion with your fingers and make a ball, it should be soft, smooth, and not sticky consistency. Next, switch off the flame. 


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


17. Scoop and serve the warm pineapple rava kesari in a plate/bowl. 


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath

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Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath

Pineapple health benefits:


1. This healthy tropical fruit is packed with nutrients, antioxidants, and other helpful compounds such as enzymes that can fight inflammation and disease.
2. It is high in Vitamin C and also has vitamins A, B6, E, and K.
3. It has calcium, folate, Iron, Potassium, Zinc, etc.
4. It helps in weight reduction.
5. Good for digestion.
6. It strengthens bones.
7. It boosts your metabolism.
8. Gives energy.
9. It lowers the risk of cancer.


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath

Semolina/rava health benefits:


1. Semolina is high in protein and fiber which helps to slow down digestion and increases satiety feeling.
2. High in B vitamins like thiamine and folate.
3. Good source of iron and magnesium.
4. May help weight loss.
5. It supports heart health.
6. Maintains blood sugar levels.
7. Rich in iron.
8. Prevents anemia.
9. Supports digestive health and eases bowel movement.
10. Improves immunity.


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath


Ghee health benefits:


1. Ghee is a dairy-based product but it is lactose and casein free. It is pure fat and doesn't contain any carbohydrates.
2. It contains healthy saturated fats. 
3. Ghee is rich in butyric acid
4. It has a high smoke point - 
5. It has high levels of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) and antioxidants
6. It contains fat-soluble Vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, E, K
7. Vitamin D helps our body to absorb calcium.
8. It keeps you satiated and helps with weight loss
9. Ghee is considered as a brain tonic in Ayurveda.
10. It helps with digestion.
11. Ghee is good for skin and hair.
12. It strengthens bones and boosts immunity.


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath

Cashew health benefits:


1. Rich in copper.
2. Good for the skin, teeth, and gums.
3. It has omega 3 fatty acids.
4. Rich in dietary fibers which helps to digest food well.
5. It has linoleic and oleic acids which help in getting healthy and shiny hair.
6. Cashew prevents heart disease.
7. It boosts bone and oral health
8. It prevents gallstones.
9. Cashews are cholesterol and sodium-free.
10. It is a great source of Vitamin K and healthy fats.
11. Good source of protein.
12. It provides energy and vitality.
13. Cashews contain selenium.
14. It improves blood.
15. It helps in weight loss.


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath

Saffron health benefits:


1. Helps in getting glowing skin
2. powerful antidepressants
3. It helps with weight loss.
4. It improves digestion.
5. It contains anti-oxidants.
6. Treats depression.
7. It boosts memory.
8. Helps with PMS and pain reliever.
9. Healthy heart.
10. Good for digestion.
11. Promotes mental health.
12. Prevents diabetes.
13. It relieves depression and keeps stress at bay.
14. Strengthens the nervous system.

(Health benefits are taken from Google and Wikipedia).


Pineapple kesari recipe | pineapple rava kesari | pineapple kesari bath



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