Banana Kesari-Sheera-Kesari Bath

This is a sweet semolina pudding flavored with bananas and saffron usually made in parts of Karnataka during festivals.

Preparation time 30 minutes 
Serves 12 servings
Serving Size 1/12 recipe
Calories Per Serving Approximately 350 per serving
Difficulty Medium

Ingredients:
2 cups Rava/sooji/semolina
1 1/4 cups Sugar
1/4 cup Ghee +2 tablespoons
pinch cardamom powder
20 half Cashew pieces
20 raisins

6 strands of saffron(optional)
3 ripe bananas
2 cup milk

Procedure:
1.Heat 1 tablespoon ghee in a pan,roast the cashews and take them into a bowl and then roast the raisins and take them into a different bowl.

2.Take half the remaining ghee and roast the bananas until they start to get a nice caramel color on the outside, take them aside into a bowl.

3.In the same pan add half the remaining ghee and add the rava and fry in medium flame stirring constantly till the rava will start turning very light brown.Transfer the mixture to a plate and set aside.

4.Add 2 cups milk and 4 cups water to the pan and bring to boil,add the cardamom powder,saffron and stir. On a medium flame,add the fried rava little by little to the boiling water and keep stirring simultaneously.Make sure lumps do not form and cook for 4 minutes.

5.Add the raisins,cashews, banana and sugar and stir well. The mixture will now start to get a little watery due to the sugar,mix well and mash the lumps to get a uniform texture.Turn off the stove and serve hot or cold

Tips:
If using food color,you can add it in the milk directly.
You can add more ghee to your preference.
This recipe yields a slightly less sweet kesari,you can add 1/2 cup extra sugar for a sweeter version.
Some people like the kesari in a lump served in a bowl rather than diamond shaped,you can cook the rava for a shorter period and remove it before it forms a single lump.
You can add cream for a richer kesari instead of milk.
There are plenty of other flavors you can use for the kesari,below are some samples if you want to try,(when using citrus fruits,don’t use milk as it can get curdled)-See Rose Kesari Recipe here
1.Coconut:add 1/2 cup of fine grated coconut and coconut extract to the milk(add 1 cup extra water)
2.Orange:add 1 tablespoon Orange zest and add 1/2 teaspoon of orange extract for an orange taste(there is a liquid called as orange blossom water you can use instead and add a squeeze of lemon juice)
3.Saffron can be added in the milk for natural coloring and is called as kesari bath.
4.Pineapple juice can be substituted instead of milk for pineapple kesari.

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