Orange Kesari

Orange Kesari

Fresh oranges from the garden make this traditional Indian dessert delicious. The sugar cuts the tartness of the orange and citrusy taste goes well with semolina and ghee.


Semolina 1 cup

Orange juice 1 cup

Water 1/2 cup

Sugar 1 cup

Orange zest 1 tsp

Ghee 2 tbsps

Cashew nuts 10

Saffron few strands


Dry roast the semolina in a heavy bottomed frying pan and keep it aside.

Add a teaspoon of ghee to the same pan and fry the cashew nuts till they are brown. Keep it aside.

Add the sugar, orange juice, water and saffron to the same pan and stir till the sugar dissolves. Add the zest. Bring to a boil.

Add the roasted semolina, stirring all the time.

Add the ghee and roasted cashew nuts.

Stir well till the water evaporates and the semolina is cooked.

Serve hot.

Suji ka Halwa

Suji ka Halwa

This sweet dish made from semolina flour, ghee or clarified butter, and sugar is a favourite with most people. Its richness is also why it is good for you. It helps protect you from the chilly winter cold. Ghee is also said to boost your immunity, protecting you amid the current pandemic.


(Serves 4)

Suji or semolina 1 cup

Sugar 1/2 cup

Ghee 5 tbsps

Cashew nuts 1/4 cup

Raisins 2 tbsps

Water 1 cup


Heat the ghee in a frying pan.

Add the semolina and fry on medium heat till it changes colour and the smell of roasting suji pervades the kitchen.

Add sugar and fry for a minute.

Add the water and stir till the water evaporates.

Fry the cashew nuts and raisins in 1 teaspoon of ghee and add to the halwa.