jackfruit kesari

Jackfruit Kesari

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Here’s a quick jackfruit recipe I promised you guys. Kesari is a famous Indian sweet that is made of semolina, ghee and sugar and is a decadent dessert served alongside meals. The word Kesari refers to saffron which gives the dish a lovely orange-yellow hue. This sweet dish is known by different names in many parts of India such as Suji halwa or Sheera and in South India it is popularly known by the name “Rava Kesari.” The addition of chunks of Jackfruit elevates this already rich and delectable sweet and also compliments it. Biting into these chunks of jackfruit with every mouthful adds a burst of freshness and flavor. My recipe here is the simplest one there is and it is always bound to turn out great! You can also substitute jac kfruit with pineapple chunks and they turn out just as good! Do try out my recipe during the weekend and let me know how you like it! Send me your results or tag me on instagram! If your account is private, be sure to send me a screenshot of your post!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups ripe jackfruit, finely chopped 
  • ½ cup semolina/sooji/rava
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 3 cups water 
  • 3 tablespoons ghee 
  • 2 tablespoons cashew nuts 
  • 2 tablespoons raisins 
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder 
  • ¼ teaspoon of food coloring(lemon yellow or orange)

Instructions:

  1. Let’s start by roasting the dried fruits and nuts. Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee in a large kadai or a pot and saute the raisins and the cashew nuts until golden and until the raisins fluff up. Once they’re done, transfer them to a plate. 
  2. Using the leftover ghee in the kadai, roast the semolina for a minute or two on medium flame until fragrant. Try not brown the semolina. Transfer to another plate. 
  3. Pour 3 cups of water to the kadai and once it comes to a boil, add a pinch of food coloring if you’re using. 
  4. Add in the chopped jackfruit and cover and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. 
  5. Next, add in the roasted semolina and start whisking using a spatula to avoid lumps. Let it cook for 4-5 minutes until the sooji starts absorbing all the water, while stirring continuously. 
  6. Add 1 cup of sugar and mix well. The sugar will start melting and the mixture will become watery once again. 
  7. Continue stirring the mixture as it cooks. It takes 10-12 minutes to reach the right consistency. Let it cook and be careful as you stir the mixture as it might splutter. You can use a lid as a shield to protect yourself. Lol
  8. Add 2 tablespoons of ghee towards the end. You will know the kesari is ready when the mixture starts leaving the pan as you whisk it. Turn off the stove. 
  9. Add in the roasted nuts and raisins and combine well. Serve hot as dessert or as an accompaniment to your meals! Enjoy!
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