Happy Ugadi all my friends. Best wishes for ugadi and Gudi padwa. May this New Year bring lot of happiness, success and prosperity for all. This is an auspicious festival which binds half of the Nation. This is the New Year according to the Hindu calendar.
On the occasion of ugadi people make many auspicious dishes. Rawa kesari is a must made dessert on ugadi .Rawa kesari is a delicious and classical dessert which is popular throughout India. People also call it sheera or halwa, with a little variation in taste and texture from place to place.
Kesari which means Saffron .Rava kewsari which is also called kesari bhat, has its origin in Karnataka. As the name suggest, the dish carries a mild flavor of Kesar aka saffron. Adding kesar results in yellow colour for the dish. The texture of the dish is extra soft, looks shiny loaded with Ghee.
This is the easiest dessert made for Ugadi/Yugadi. This is also a must made item in every pooja, occasion, marriages and ceremonies. Lot of varieties of kesaries are available in south India. like mango kesari, pineapple kesari, banana kesari and coconut kesari. Also colour may vary as people use mild yellow colour, orange colour, saffron or a pinch of turmeric.
According to my neighbor, ratio of Rava, Ghee, Sugar and Water is 1 : ½ : 2 : 3 , she means if you are taking 1 cup rawa, ghee should be ½ cup, sugar should be 2 cup and water will be 1 & ½ cup. Tried this many times but I personally prefer more water, which tends to remove lumps and makes the kesari super soft. Let’s make and enjoy this.