Milk Rava Kesari Recipe | How to Make Milk Kesari

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Milk Rava Kesari Recipe – Sheera or kesari is one of the most made sweet recipes from south Indian cuisine. It is made during festivals, celebrations and even for breakfast. In many homes this is made often to offer during the puja since it is quick to make. I made this during one of the Ganesh puja days as an offering. This milk rava kesari or paal kesari is same as the rava kesari but this one is made using milk.

milk kesari recipe

Some women are specific about making an offering made with Cow’s milk on certain days. This milk kesari recipe is mostly made in my home when we make an offering to Goddess Lakshmi or Gouri as we prefer making something with Cow’s milk.

Since I do not use food colors, I have used saffron to to get the kesari color. You can also skip it if you do not have. It gives a mild aroma of saffron to the halwa.

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How to Make Milk Kesari Recipe

1. Pour 1 tbsp ghee to a hot pot and fry cashews until golden. Set these aside.

frying cashews for milk rava kesari recipe

2. Add rava and saute stirring often until crunchy. Set this aside as well.

 saute rava to make milk kesari recipe

3. Next add sugar to the same pot.

addition of sugar to make milk rava kesari recipe

4. Pour milk and water together.

add milk to make milk rava kesari

5. Add crushed saffron and cardamom powder. If adding food color follow the instructions on the pack.

saffron elaichi to make milk rava kesari recipe

6. Allow the milk to boil well. Sugar must completely melt and even saffron must almost become soft.

boiling milk to make milk kesari

7. Reduce the flame to medium. Pour rava slowly with one hand and stirring with the other hand.

addition of suji for milk rava kesari

8. Make sure there are no lumps of rava.

cooking milk rava kesari

9. Cook covered until the rava absorbs all the moisture.

Cook covered

10. Stir well and add ghee.

add ghee

11. Switch off. Stir well and keep covered.

Stir well and keep covered

Serve milk rava kesari hot or warm with nuts garnished.

milk rava kesari

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Recipe Card

Milk Rava Kesari

South Indian milk rava kesari or milk kesari is a sweet pudding made with semolina, sugar and clarified butter.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • ½ cup semolina or semolina
  • ½ cup sugar (prefer organic) (can reduce 2 tbsp)
  • ¾ cup milk full fat
  • ¾ cup water or 1 ½ cups low fat milk
  • tbsps ghee or clarified butter
  • 2 tbsp cashewnuts
  • Pinch saffron or natural orange food color (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom powder or elaichi



  • Heat a pan with 1 tbsp ghee and fry the nuts. Set them aside.
  • In the same pan, add rava and fry until crunchy. Stirring often to prevent burning. Set this aside as well.

Making milk rava kesari

  • To the same pan, add sugar, water and milk. Crush saffron and add to milk along with cardamom powder.
  • Allow to boil on a medium heat. Make sure the sugar and saffron disolves by stirring the milk a few times.
  • Reduce the flame to low. Slowly add the rava to the milk, stirring constantly with the other hand to prevent lumps.
  • Cook covered until the moisture is absorbed.
  • Add 1 tbsp ghee and mix well. Allow to cook for 2 to 3 mins.
  • Switch off the stove.
  • Serve milk rava kesari hot or warm. Garnish with cashews.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Milk Rava Kesari
Amount Per Serving
Calories 619 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 46mg2%
Potassium 264mg8%
Carbohydrates 87g29%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 55g61%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Calcium 111mg11%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Didn’t know I had to boil the saffron with milky. The way that step is written in the recipe is confusing. Also, I wish I add less sugar cz, this is bit too sweet for me.

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