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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pineapple Kesari Recipe-Pineapple Rava Kesari Recipe

Pineapple Kesari (pineapple suji ka halwa) is commonly served in marriages. It is a classic sweet dish prepared with rava and pineapple. I learn't this from my mother who is an expert in making kesari. Many of you have tried my rava kesari (which is also my mother's recipe) and have given me positive feedback. This is a fool proof recipe which even beginners can try with confidence. Now that Diwali is round the corner, you can prepare this dessert and share it with your friends and loved ones. Today we will learn how to make pineapple fruit kesari following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Pineapple Kesari

Pineapple Kesari

 Pineapple Kesari

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 4-5
 Recipe CategoryDessert
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Rava-sooji -1/2 cup
   Sugar-1 cup
   Ghee-clarified butter -1/2 cup
   Water -1 1/2 cup
   Pineapple -chopped -1/2 cup
   Cashew nuts- 10
   Cardamom powder -4-5 powdered
   Yellow food color or kesari color - 2 drops or a pinch


Dry roast rava slightly until it is hot to touch.

Heat a tsp of oil and fry cashew nuts on low heat until golden brown.

Cut pineapple, discard the skin and core. Chop the pineapple flesh into small cubes and keep it aside.


Heat the rest of the ghee and fry the rava in ghee for 2-3 minutes.

preparation for Pineapple Kesari

Let the rava get roasted slightly in ghee.

frying rava for pineapple kesari

Now add the chopped pineapple and mix well.

Bring 1 1/2 cup of water to boil, add a pinch of food color or kesari powder in it.

how to make pineapple kesari

Now add the boiling water to the rava, stirring continuously. Cook the rava on medium flame.

Once all the water has evaporated, add sugar. When you add sugar, the mixture will turn watery again.

pineapple kesari recipe

Cook the rava well on medium or low flame.

cooking pineapple kesari

When it starts leaving the sides of the pan (picture below) add fried cashew nuts,cardamom powder and switch off the heat.

pineapple fruit kesari

As it cools it will thicken. This Kesari stays good at room temperature for 2 days and for nearly 4-5 days in the refrigerator. The second day it tastes even better with a nice pineapple flavor.

You can even make slices as shown below on the second day. Pack into a baking pan after preparing kesari, sprinkle or place cashew nuts on the top. Leave it to cool. Then  you can cut it into slices.

how to prepare pineapple kesari-pineapple kesari recipe

Enjoy making this classic pineapple dessert this Diwali. Do not miss my lovely collection of Diwali Recipes 

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  1. It's really yummy. Can we use pineapple essence instead of pine apple pieces?

    1. You can add pineapple essence in addition to pineapple pieces. Adding pineapple chunks gives a great taste to the kesari.

  2. Perfect Taste and texture - it was so yummy . Thanks a lot padhu for sharing the recipe

  3. can i add turmeric instead of kesari powder. bcoz kesari powder available in orange colour but i want kesari in yellow colour. can i add turmeric?

    1. No, you cannot add the turmeric powder we use for cooking. If Kesari powder is not available, skip it. The kesari will be white in color. That's it.

    2. My mother (who hates food colouring) taught me to use turmeric powder to give the yellow colour. Just use a pinch. No difference to taste or anything.

    3. I use turmeric only for kesari. No difference in taste the aroma of ghee equalizes the aroma of tumeric.

  4. Can I puree the pineapple? Would help for my 3 year old...

  5. Yes, you can but add a little less. Also reduce the quantity of water a little.

  6. Looks yummy.. Going to try this for the first time for my hubby's birthday.

  7. can i keep slices ready one day in advance

    1. Yes, you can but store it in the refrigerator.

  8. Thank you for the recipe. It was really yummy. I used pineapple essence instead of cardamom and it tasted good.

  9. Amazing receipe.... it has earned me a lot of respect in my friends group. Lol.

    Thanks Padhu.

  10. You are a great chef! I live your recipes! Way to go👍

  11. Hi , I love your recipes.please keep up your good work💐

  12. I have tried many of Ur receipes....good work.....keep going

  13. Can we use the food coloring gel that we use for cakes ?

    1. Yes, you can or even leave it plain without adding any color. Without color, it will not be visually appealing but will taste good.

  14. Hello
    Do we need to reduce the amount of water if we add pineapple chunks? I usually add 2 cups water to one cup of sooji

    1. Just follow the above recipe - you will end up with a delicious pineapple kesari.

  15. Tried Ur recipe and turned out perfect..did not use colour..instead used saffron and pineapple chunks..thanks for the recipe..


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