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

Ingredients

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]

Method

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.

25 comments :

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

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  2. Happy Ugadi,

    Caramel Kesari sounds interesting and looks yummy!!!!

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

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  4. Yummy kesari.Very unique....

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  5. Happy Ugadi to you and yours.

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

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  6. Yummy and delicious kesari...

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  7. Novel recipe!! Sounds delicious!!

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

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  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

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

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  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.

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  12. Looks really yumm. Perfect shape.

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  13. Divya,

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

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

    Please visit my new blog: http://mharorajasthanrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  15. Hi Divya,

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

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  16. Happy ugadi caramel should be a nice twist!

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  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?

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

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

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  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...

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  21. Hi Divya!
    Lovely kesari!

    kind regards,
    Poorna.

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

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  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!!!!!

    Ash....
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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Love,
Divya.

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