Rice kesari -bath

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                                                         Ready to serve Rice kesari bath

Time taken ; 45 minutes

Serves 8-10

Usually Kesari bath is prepared with suji/semolina in almost all kitchens.  But on special occasions like the wedding, house warming etc now a days this has again entered the menu list for sure.  We have attended a couple of weddings and for one’s surprise the old conventional dishes  like the “Chanedali kichadi”(sweet) and “Rice kesari bath” have made a come back.  Of course these dishes are really tasty and healthy for sure but still the younger generation who might not have been aware of these dishes, they could be taken aback!!!   Here is my version of rice kesari bath….

What you need to have:

1. Basumati rice – 1 cup

2. Water to cook rice  – 4-6 cups(depending upon the quality of rice)

3. Sugar – 2/3 cup(adjust according to taste)

4. Saffron strings – A few

5. Pure ghee – 4 Tablespoons

6. Cloves – 4-5

7. Dry fruits – A handfulKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                 Ingredients of Rice kesari bathKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                        Other ingredients of Rice kesari bath

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and drain water from Basumati rice and keep it aside. Soak saffron strings in a little  warm milk so that milk gains the colour of saffron.

2. Place a cooker with 2 teaspoons of pure ghee in it.  When heated add cloves and fry for a minute.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                 Cloves being fried in pure ghee

3. Add Basumati rice from step-1 to it and fry for a  minute.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                              Basumati rice being fried in pure ghee

4. Add the required  quantity of water to it depending upon the quality of rice and cook it till done.  Make sure it is not over cooked.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                 Basumati rice being cooked

5. Place a spatula with 1 teaspoon of pure ghee in it.  Fry both cashews and raisins till done.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                      Dry fruits being fried in pure ghee

6. Place a wide skillet with sugar in it preferably on low/medium flame. Add cooked rice from step-4 to it.  Also add 1 tablespoon of pure ghee to it.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                        Cooked rice, sugar & pure ghee being added to incorporate itself

7. When the mixture incorporates well add milk-saffron mix from step-1 to it and also add fried dry fruits from step-5 to it and mix well with a wooden spatula.  One can even add a dash of pure ghee when done and ready to serve.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                          Saffron mixed milk being addedKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                Fried dry fruits being added

8. When done the final dish would be as below.  Transfer it to a serving bowl and enjoy hot.  yummyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                  A closer view of the dish

Servings 8-10

Time taken : 45 minutes

Note: 1. Use Basumati rice for better quality and flavour.

2. The quantity of water depends upon the quality of rice one uses for the dish.  Please do not add the water at once.  I cooked rice thrice as the water i added was not sufficient.

3. Any dry fruits of one’s choice can be used.

4. The quantity of sugar depends upon one’s individual taste.

5. Please do not over cook rice.  But make sure it is ideally cooked.

6. Some people use food colour  which i do not prefer at all.


7 thoughts on “Rice kesari -bath

    shruti said:
    February 1, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    this is more aromatic than the sooji one in my opinion!..nice recipe n presentation pratibakka!..for one cup rice six glasses water?

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 1, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Hi Shruti,

      It is Basumati rice(old) , Hence do you feel if you look at the image that the rice is over cooked???????? Love Prathiba

    shruti said:
    February 2, 2014 at 12:04 am

    it looks perfect but six glassses took me by surprise..i thought instead of four you wrote six!..i also had it at some shadi in udupi!

    Poruri said:
    February 4, 2014 at 1:26 pm


    Wonderful dish.. but two small changes to this would make this even more healthier… use regular rice and Jaggery. Basmathi rice is highly polished rice and looses all the goodness of rice husk. People who can eat brown rice can use it, or atleast the normal rice. ANd Jaggery again has better health benefits compared to sugar.

    Rice Rubber Rolls said:
    April 18, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Hey I tried this recipe.. It was tasty but there was too much oil in rice. any way how to reduce it. Plus the Cloves tasted awesome. Thank you

      prathibalrao responded:
      April 21, 2014 at 2:14 am

      Hi Rice Rubber Rolls,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. You can even reduce the quantity of oil/ghee which would make the dish turn soggy!!!

    Kelly Norman said:
    August 5, 2014 at 7:07 am

    i made this today it was very good. I added some cardamom powder and used sliced almonds as I did not have cashews, and I added sugared ginger cut up.

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