- Semolina – 65gms
- Sweetened Condensed Milk – 100gms
- Ghee – 60gms
- Water – 150ml or 150gms
- Pineapple Pieces – 100gms
- Cashew Nuts – 4 to 5
- Raisins – 10
Take a flat plate and put some ghee in it. With fingers spread the ghee all over the plate. Keep this prepared plate aside. Take pineapple pieces into a microwave safe bowl and add some water (approximately 30 ml). Place this bowl in the microwave oven and cover it partially. Cook the pineapple pieces on high power for 3 minutes stirring once in between. Allow 2 minutes standing time and transfer the pineapple pieces into a mixie jar. Crush the pineapple pieces coarsely and keep them aside.
Heat a nonstick pan and add ghee to it. When ghee is hot add raisins and fry them till they swell. Remove the fried raisins from the ghee before they turn dark. Add cashew nut halves in the remaining ghee and fry till golden in color. Keep these fried cashew nuts aside. In the remaining ghee add the semolina and fry on low heat stirring all the while. When the semolina changes color spreading a nice aroma add water. Keep on stirring the mixture till it becomes dry. Stirring is very important otherwise lumps form and spoil the texture and taste.Then add condensed milk and mix well. Stir and cook till ghee separates from the mixture. Now switch off the flame and add pineapple crush, half of fried raisins and half of fried cashew nut pieces. Mix all well and transfer it to the greased plate. Spread the mixture evenly with the flat spoon and allow it to cool. Cut the pineapple Kesari into diamond shapes or any shape of your choice. Garnish with remaining raisins and cashew nuts and serve.
- Semolina – 100gms
- Pineapple Pulp: 140gms
- Sugar – 70gms
- Milk – 125gms
- Water – 235gms
- Ghee – 5gms
- Raisins – 1 1/2tbsps
- Cashew Nuts – 3tbsps
- Extra Ghee – 35gms
Take a microwave safe glass bowl and add the pineapple pulp to it. Add 1tbsp sugar to the pineapple pulp and mix well. Place this bowl in microwave oven and cook on high power for 2 minutes. Carefully remove the bowl from the oven and keep it aside. Take a deep microwave safe glass bowl and add the milk. Mix water and the remaining sugar in the milk with a spoon. Place this bowl in microwave oven and cook on high power for 2 minutes. Keep this milk bowl aside. Take a flat microwave safe glass bowl and add the semolina to it. Add ghee to the semolina and mix well. Place this bowl in microwave oven and cook on high power for 2 minutes, stirring after every 30 seconds. Add the roasted semolina to the milk mixture and mix well till the mixture is smooth without any lumps. Place this bowl in microwave oven and cook on high power for 4 minutes. Semolina absorbs all the liquid and gets cooked well. Heat a pan and add ghee to it. When ghee is hot add the raisins and fry them. Raisins swell in hot ghee. Remove the raisins when they are golden in color. Add the cashew nuts to the remaining ghee and fry till they are golden in color. Remove the bowl from the oven and add the cooked pineapple pulp, half of fried raisins and half of fried cashew nuts. Mix all well and add the remaining ghee to the Kesari. Transfer the Kesari to a serving bowl and garnish with remaining fried raisins and fried cashew nuts.
Points to Notice:
Choose ripe pineapple for best results. Fresh pineapple pulp gives a nice taste to the Kesari which no essence can give.
Never over fry the raisins as they spoil the taste. Remove them from hot ghee when they swell and are golden in color. Similarly remove the cashew nuts also from the hot ghee when they are light golden in color. The heat in the nuts gives a nice color even when they are removed from the hot ghee.
Fry the semolina in ghee till it gives a nice aroma.
The taste of this dish lies in the quantity of ghee used. For best results use more ghee.
Enjoy the festive season with this sweet dish with all your family members.
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