How to make Avil Kesari -

Another version of sweet poha - here it is sweetened with sugar and garnished with cashewnuts and raisins.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Pressed Rice, Saffron

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Desserts

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Avil Kesari

Avil Kesari Recipe Card


The highly developed and sensitive palates of the Tamilians are well chronicled in the Sangam classics. They believe that food should ideally cater to all the six tastes - bitter, pungent, sweet, salty, sour and astringent.
Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most of it is made of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste. Rice has been the staple diet of the Tamilians, an inculcated habit, due to the large-scale cultivation of the crop in the state.
Chettinad cuisine, a speciality in Tamil Nadu, is famous for its hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.   A part of the Mudaliar community is non-vegetarians and its cuisine is delightfully spicy without being too hot. Wet masalas are generally used, the main ingredients being fresh coconut paste and ground ginger-garlic.

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Avil Kesari Recipe

  • Pressed Rice 2 cups

  • Saffron Few strand

  • Ghee 1/2 cup

  • Cashewnuts 10

  • Raisins 1/2 cup

  • Sugar 2 cups

  • Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon


Step 1

Soak saffron in a cup of hot water. Heat ghee in a pan and fry raisins and cashewnuts till golden. Drain and keep aside. Soak poha in water and drain immediately Heat the leftover ghee and sauté the poha till pink.

Step 2

Add saffron water and cook till nearly dry. Add sugar and continue to cook till completely dry. Add green cardamom powder, cashewnuts and raisins. Mix well and serve.

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