Thursday, June 4, 2015

Shavige - Rava Banana Kesari Baat;

Vermicelli or Shavige is used very often in Indian culinary. We do prepare Upma, Payasam (Kheer) and other items.
Rava or semolina is also one of the main ingredient used in Indian kitchens.
Kesari baat or sheera or Sooji ka halwa is normally prepared with  medium size rava. Here is a little twist. I have used both semolina and shavige ( vermicelli). It is an easy dish and anyone can learn. I mean even people who are new to cooking and have interest can try this dish.
Shavige or vermicelli is prepared using rice or wheat or all purpose flour that is maida or moong bean.Vermicelli prepared from wheat is good for people who are suffering from high cholesterol and high blood pressure. It is loaded with fiber.
Shavige -Rava Banana Kesari Baat can be prepared for breakfast or kitty parties or kids parties or when guest's surprise visit.  It is also can be prepared for festivals, functions and as Prasaadam.
Let us see the recipe Now

Ingredients :

Rava ( Medium size) : 1 Cup
Shavige ( thin variety ) :3/4 cup
Sugar : 1 Cup
Cardamom : 3 pods.
Well ripen  Banana : 1 (big or 2 small)
Cashew Nuts : 2 Table spoons (cut ones)
Raisins  (dry grapes) : 1 Table spoon
Water : 2 Cups .
Kesari (Saffron) : 5 to 6 Rakes
Ghee : 3/4 Cup

Method :

1. Powder cardamom and keep it aside/ Cut cashews into small pieces.

2. Keep water for boiling. Cut bananas in to thin slice and keep it aside.
3. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add 1 table spoon of ghee. Add cashew nuts and fry till they turn golden brown.
4 Add raisins and fry till they are fluffy. Add Shavige and fry for 2 minutes.
5. Add  rava (semolina) to the fried vermicelli and fry nicely till the raw smell disappear.
6. Add boiling water. Stir nicely it thickens.
7. Add sugar when it starts thickening. Add cut bananas and stir continuously on low flame. (It turns bit watery and starts to thicken again).
8. Add a spoon of ghee and saffron (kesari) flakes and mix it nicely. It starts to leave the pan.
9. Put off the fire. Add remaining ghee and mix it well.
10. Shift the ready kesari baat to a serving dish and serve hot Shavige - Rava Banana kesari baat .
 Note :
Adding more sugar (another 1/2 cup of sugar can be added). adding more or less ghee is purely optional. You should use boiling water to cook. Stir nicely till the pan leaves the kesari baat. Frying rava is a must to get the good result.
Total time : 20 minutes
Serves : 5 to 6.


  1. AWWW mouth watering kesari..This is so innovative.

    1. Thanks Sathya ..thanks for the sweet words abt the recipe..

  2. This is awesome.loved your version and twist in the sweet recipe. Very tempting


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