Dry Fruit Kesari: a popular dessert in Onasadya

Kerala’s Sweet dishes are extremely popular for their wonderful taste and flavour. Pradhaman and Payasam are the main desserts in Onasadya. One of the additional desserts is the Dry Fruit Kesari. It is considered as one of the famous sweet dish of Kerala.

Dry Fruit Kesari is primarily made with Rava. It is to be noted that kesari is very scrumptious to taste. Kesari is popularly known in Northern part of India as Rava Halwa. This kesari or Halwa is presented on a plate in the diamond, triangle, square or rectangle shapes. It is very easy to prepare and hardly consumes less time in making it. This dessert fits for any occasion, festivity and celebrations.

Dry Fruit Kesari Recipe


  • 1/2 cup rava,
  • 1/2 cup dry fruits (chopped dates, raisins, cranberries and other nuts),
  • 3 tbsp sugar,
  • 1 pinch cardamom powder,
  • 2 tsp ghee,
  • 3-4 drops food color optional (yellow, orange or red)
  • 6 almonds and
  • 1 cup water

Method of preparation

  • Till the smell of raw grain goes, stir-fry Rava with 1 tsp ghee on low flame and keep it aside.
  • Stir-fry Sauté dry fruits for 5-10 seconds with 1 tbsp ghee on low flame in a pan
  • Increase heat to high flame after adding water, sugar, cardamom powder and food color to them then mix roasted Rava.
  • Continuously stir till the mixture is cooked on a low flame.
  • Grease a cup or designer plate and pour slowly ‘kesari’ into it.
  • Let it cool down and get set.
  • Garnish it with an almond and cut it into smaller pieces.
  • Kesari is now perfectly ready to be served hot or cool.

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