Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Caramel Kesari For Ugadi!!

Wishing all of you a very Happy Ugadi/Samsar padavo/Gudi padwa!!

A new year and a new beginning.Let us hope this year brings us joy,happiness,prosperity and peace!!

As usual,Ugadi is celebrated with full fervor in Ekm and Bangalore and I did not want to fall behindJ.I made the usual breakfast spread of Idli,Soi bhajil ghashi,Surna Adgai and a new sweet.Yes,a new sweet for the new year.I had planned to make Sheera,but suddenly decided against it and frantically searched for the recipe in my assorted cookbook collection since I had seen it sometime back and decided I would try it instead of sheera next time,when required.

Luckily,I found it and absolutely loved it.Somehow,caramelized flavour is something which I looove so this one was no different.Ajay liked this new sheera too[somehow,we don’t feel like calling it by its original name-Caramel halwa].

I have to warn you though.The recipe sounds very easy compared to the normal kesari but the caramel part is a bit tricky.But do not panic-keep stirring even if you get a lump of caramel separated from the rava,it will oblige and give way to a gorgeous amber colored Kesari!!

Caramel Kesari
Recipe source – Vanitha Pachakam


Rava – 1 cup
Water – 2 cups
Sugar – 1 ¼ cup
Ghee – ¼- ½ cup[add as required]
Nuts – a handful [ I used a mix of cashewnuts and raisins]


Soak the rava in the water for about an hour till almost ½ the water is absorbed and the rava becomes pouring consistency.
In a thick bottomed kadai,add the ghee and fry the nuts and keep aside.
Now add the sugar and keep stirring till the sugar turns into a golden brown colour-at this stage,the ghee will separate and form a layer on top of the caramelized sugar.
Slowly add the soaked rava[with water]-even if everything does not get mixed at once-do not panic,keep stirring and it will come together.
When the kesari starts leaving the sides of the pan,add the ghee-fried nuts.
Grease a plate and pour the kesari and level the top with a knife.
Cut into desired shapes.

*The flavor of Caramel is dominant in this kesari and hence this one does not need any other flavoring agents like elaichi or saffron.


  1. Happy Guri parwa...gur gur bola...only know this much...:)

  2. Happy Ugadi,

    Caramel Kesari sounds interesting and looks yummy!!!!

  3. lovely sweet..something different..a must try..

  4. Yummy kesari.Very unique....

  5. Happy Ugadi to you and yours.

    Caramalized kesari sounds interesting. You have got the right texture.

  6. Yummy and delicious kesari...

  7. Novel recipe!! Sounds delicious!!

  8. Happy Ugadi to you and your family Divya. Caramel Kesari sounds and looks delicious.

  9. Talk about the recipe book collection! I have been collecting books especially vanitha pachakam since 1998 or something ! LOL! And never have I cooked anything from it! :)

    The sheera ;) looks yummm! I love kesari and caramel flavour makes it sound so exotic!

    Happy Ugadi!

    P.s Hope your toothache is alrite now! xx

  10. Delicious Kesari! I am also collecting Vanitha pachakam...only one issue missed so far:)

  11. Happy ugadi divya.. hey this is really nice idea of making caramel kesari..as i love caramel flavor in anything this is really innovative idea. Love the color of the kesari too.. Thanks for sharing and sure i am gonna try this.

  12. Looks really yumm. Perfect shape.

  13. Divya,

    That looks nice. I have a absolute carving for anything caramel. My favourite is caramel payasam, will try this sometime!

  14. Sounds super yummy, I have to try it out. I love kesari and this is a new variety for me.

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  15. Hi Divya,

    Happy Ugadhi! The idea of caramel kesari is nice. I am sure it must have tasted good.

  16. Happy ugadi caramel should be a nice twist!

  17. Happy ugadi to u....caramel ..wow..sounds fantabulous..just one quick question..im clueless about rava ..are thr many types? do I use coarser or finer variety?

  18. That is a lovely flavor to the regular boring kesari....love the look of it.

  19. Happy Ugadi. This is new to me and loved it.

  20. Happy Ugadi... Kesari is yum in itself and caramel makes it a must have... next time I make some, its going to be caramel...

  21. Hi Divya!
    Lovely kesari!

    kind regards,

  22. Happy Gudi Padva...I know I am late here. The kesari is mouthwatering :).

  23. Hey! Thanks for sharing your love on my post.... Well...that introduces me to your awesome cool space too.... I loved every bit of everything I saw here... My most favorite prep was this Caramel Kesari....... I would surely take back the scrumptious look of that prep...... YUMMY!!!!!



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