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Paal Kesari | Sooji Halwa

Paal Kesari is a tasty Indian sweet prepared with rava/ sooji. It can be easily prepared in Instant pot
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Course: Sweet
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Vidya Srinivasan


  • Rava Sooji/Semolina - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 2 + 1/2 cup Adjust according to your taste
  • Milk - 2 cup + 1/2 cup
  • Butter / Ghee - 4 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
  • 40 grams Cashew nuts
  • 25 grams raisins
  • few saffron


  • Add 1 tbsp of ghee and roast nuts and raisins till they are golden brown, and set aside
  • In the same pan dry roast the rava for 2 minutes (Roast them till aroma comes) and transfer it to a plate.
  • In medium flame add milk to the same pan and when milk starts boiling add the rava and stir continously to avoid lumps
  • Continue cooking till its cooked. Check whether Rava is cooked before adding sugar
  • Add sugar, and cook till sugar melts completely and Kesari thickens. stir it occassionally
  • Add butter and food color, continue cooking till food color dissolves and mixs completely
  • Turn off when kesari separates from the pan. Add nuts and raisins, and serve the Kesari hot/cold. Kesari thickens with time so switch it off accordingly


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  1. Instead of adding food color at the end can also add them while boiling milk. I have used orange food color instead yellow, green or any other food color can be used
  2. I have used brown sugar instead white sugar can also be used
  3.  Can add almond/vanilla/pineapple extract or any other essence for taste
  4. Saffron can also be added
  5.  Pachai karpuram can also be added for flavour
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