Strawberry Kesari/ Sheera
Kesari is the sweet that is usually served when the boy comes to see a girl or select his bride in Iyer households. The menu usually is Bhajji / Bonda and kesari. Even the Visu movies (Tamil Cinema) which show Brahmin families will show this menu for bride viewing. It’s usually not considered as a very exotic sweet as it is made with semolina and can be rustled up in a jiffy. The North Indians call it sooji ka halwa. As culinary evolution took place, the kesari started to get more and more exotic with its variations and we now have the pineapple kesari which is quite popular. Hearing of the Pineapple Kesari the great cook in me wanted to try another variation. So here comes my discovery, since I am a die-hard strawberry fan, I would love to present to one and all my very own creation, The Strawberry Kesari. There isn’t a recipe on the net for this and mine is the first so I better patent this recipe and call this Sukanya’s berry berry “tasty” strawberry sheera/kesari. My daughter loves kesari so I thought whatever the outcome, she would still try it.….ha ha ha ha.
Make this during the strawberry season with fresh strawberries. Take about 3-4 ripe strawberries, destalk them, wash them well and run it in the blender, Use this pulp to make your strawberry kesari.
Semolina (Rava) – 1 1/4 cup
Ghee - 1 cup
Strawberry pulp - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 1/4 cup
Cardamom crushed - 1/4 tsp
Raisins – a tablespoonful
In a nonstick pan, add the ghee, and when it melts. Add in your raisins and crushed cardamoms, when u see that it starts to froth and the raisins are getting plump, add the Semolina (rava). Roast the semolina in Ghee. After about 5-6 minutes of roasting you will get the roasted aroma, don’t make it pink or else you will burn it. Remove and keep aside on a plate. Now in the same pan, add 1 ½ cups of water, add in the sugar and the strawberry pulp, Allow the sugar to melt and when the liquid starts to froth, Add in the roasted rava. Stir well. Keep the gas on a low flame and cover with a lid. After 2 mins stir again and keep covered. Put off the flame, Let it rest for a while with the lid on. After about 5-7 minutes, you can open the lid, stir well and serve hot.
By the way, the strawberry Kesari was a hit with my daughter. Do try it and let me know