Rava - 1 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Ghee - 3/4 cup
Cashew nuts - 8-10
Raisins - 1 tblsp
Saffron - a pinch
Water - 2 cups
Kesari powder - less than a 1/4 tsp
Powder the elaichi.
Break the cashew nuts into small pieces.
Fry the nuts and raisins in 1 Tblsp of ghee till the nuts turn brown.
Pour 2 tblsps of ghee in the kadai and fry the rava to a golden colour.
Add 2 to 2 1/2 cups of water and ensure that no lumps are formed and cook for some time.
When it is cooked,add the sugar and continue to stir and add the saffron and mix well.
Now add the kesari powder and mix well.
Add the rest of the ghee in small quantities and stir for some more time.
Now add 3/4 of the fried nuts and raisins as well as the elaichi powder and mix well.
Transfer the halwa on to a bowl and garnish with the rest of the nuts and raisins.
Now the Rava Kesari is ready to be eaten hot.
It is our custom to prepare Rava Kesari (Suji Halwa) for all auspicious occasions since every one likes and relishes it. Even in our Temples this halwa is always prepared as a prasadam for God and given to the people. This is a very popular sweet.