Sunday, June 17, 2012

Pineapple Kesari "Sweetened Pineapple Semolina"

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I am not an expert when it comes to making traditional Indian sweets. I have been told by mom and a few others that I don't have "the hand" for making Palagaaram. All I know is Kesari Bhath, Kheer/Payasam and a few Halwa/Halva. I am yet to try the most popular sweet item "Gulab Jamun". But what I do know is to eat them well. :). Well, here is my Pineapple Kesari recipe for the New BM: Theme-Indian Sweets and for Father's Day 2012..

  • 1 Cup Sooji/Cream of Wheat
  • 1 Cup Pureed Pineapple ( I used "Dole" Pineapple chunks in Juice)
  • 1-1/2 Cups Skimmed Milk
  • 1-1/2 Cups Water
  • 1/2 to 1 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1 to 1-1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup + 1 Tbsp Ghee/Clarified Butter
  • 1/8 Cup Cashew (roughly chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp Golden Raisins
  • Yellow Coloring Optional

  • Procedure:

    • Fry the nuts and raisins in a tbsp of ghee until the nuts turn light brown. Set aside.
    • In a wide non-stick pan, melt the ghee.
    • Add the Sooji and fry for 2-3 minutes. Pour the milk, water and cook the Sooji/Semolina. Keep stirring now and then to avoid any clumps.
    • Once the mixture thicken slightly, add the pureed pineapple.
    • Stir till the mixture thickens.
    • Finally add the pineapple juice, sugar, fried nuts and raisins.
    • Cook till the mixture thickens and is slightly goopy. Let is rest for about 10-15 minutes. 
    • Using the ice-cream scoop, divide the warm mixture into small portions and serve warm or cold. Either way it tastes fabulous.

    A similar recipe:
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    1. Serving the kesari with ice-cream scoop is a nice idea. I like the evenly shaped scoops in a platter.

    2. CL, that's really a very cute way to present!..:)

    3. looks so easy to prepare and delicious...mouthwatering!

    4. Looks awesome the idea of making cocoa-kesari. Nice one.

    5. Feel like having some, love this pineapple kesari anytime.

    6. Love the way you served it ! An all time favorite

    7. Love the way you have used scoop to serve keasri. Kesari looks so colourful and delicious...

    8. Lovely presentation and the kesari looks delicious.

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    9. Loved the presentation of the halwa.. Looks yumm.

    10. Kesari looks very tempting!!!!!Like to have a bite...

    11. Love the presentation and the clicks. A great way to celebrate Fathers day with this flavorful pineapple kesari.

    12. Cool way to serve kesari!Looks delicious...

    13. Those looks perfect..attractive idea for kids.. :)

    14. using the ice cream scoop is so innovative!! looks very grand too!

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    15. I am an absolute fan of anything sweet. Would love a scoop of that anytime!

    16. Love pineapple kesari anytime. Never tried using pineapple puree and juice together.


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