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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Orange Kesari Bhaath ~ Orange Sheera ~ Orange Suji Halwa

Orange Kesari Bhaath ~ Orange Sheera ~ Orange Suji Halwa
Orange Kesari Bhaath ~ Orange Sheera ~ Orange Suji Halwa 

In the southern part of India 'kesari' means saffron or orange colour and 'bhaath' means cooked form of rice or semolina, 'khichdi' or 'porridge'. And if we travel towards the northern parts of the country, the same dessert is called 'Suji Ka Halwa'. Suji Halwa again has a different version where the dessert is cooked in milk instead of water making it more royal and robust in flavors.

Here I have tried to give this dessert a twist by infusing it with flavors of oranges. But the most popular version is with pineapples or bananas. So in case if you are not able to find good quality oranges, you can very well substitute it with pineapple or banana.  In that case, you need to substitute orange juice with pineapple juice or else just add 1/2 cup water instead of the fruit juice. 

Orange Kesari Bhaath ~ Orange Sheera ~ Orange Suji Halwa
Orange Kesari Bhaath 

The secret of making a good Kesari Bhaath or Suji Ka Halwa is the way of preparing it. The dessert has to be cooked on low flame and should not be overcooked which can result in a dry halwa. I recommend that all ingredients should be kept ready even before starting to cook. You need to keep a close eye on every step and be quick. In order to avoid lumps while adding semolina you can switch of the flame for sometime so that you have enough time to keep adding little at a time and stirring at the same time. You can also check my previous recipe post of Mango Basbousa which a baked version of a Suji ka halwa.

Orange Kesari Bhaath ~ Orange Sheera ~ Orange Suji Halwa
Orange Sheera ~ Orange Suji Halwa 

Orange Kesari Bhaath ~ Orange Sheera ~ Orange Suji Halwa
Orange Kesari Bhaath 

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Orange Kesari Bhaath ~ Orange Sheera ~ Orange Suji Halwa

A traditional South Indian semolina dessert cooked with sugar and nuts and infused with flavors of orange and saffron.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
1 cup = 250 ml capacity
Serves 4


1/2 cup semolina
3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup for less sweet)
1 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup chopped orange pieces
1/4 cup ghee (clarified butter)
1 tablespoon orange rind (grated orange peel)
1 tablespoon chopped almonds (or 10 whole cashewnuts)
1 tablespoon raisins
1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
Few strands of saffron soaked in warm water
2 tablespoon cooking oil


Step 1: Heat 2 tablespoon of ghee in a saucepan and fry raisins and nuts till golden. Remove from saucepan with a spoon and set aside.
Step 2: In the same saucepan, add cooking oil and rest of the ghee. Now add semolina and fry for 5 minutes on low flame. Remove from heat and set aside.
Step 3: Heat 1 cup water along with 1/2 cup orange juice, chopped orange pieces, orange rind, cardamom powder, saffron and food colour. Stir well and cook for 5 minutes on low flame.
Step 4: Now slowly add toasted semolina little at a time and constantly stirring so that no lumps are formed. Place the lid and cook on low flame for 3 to 4 minutes or till the water has dried up.
Step 5: Finally add sugar, fried raisins and nuts. Keep cooking till the sugar is fully dissolved. Once the sugar has turned into a syrup and the consistency is just right, there is no need to cook further. After adding sugar it takes only 2 to 3 minutes to dissolve completely.
Step 6: Turn off the heat and grease a mold with ghee. Fill the mold with halwa and turn it upside down on a serving plate. Serve warm as a dessert or with hot puris.

You might also like:

Mango Basbousa, Namoura, Revani
Mango Basbousa
Mango Rice Kheer
Mango Rice Kheer
Beetroot Halwa ~ Red Velvet Halwa
Beetroot Halwa
Matka Kesar Firni~Phirni
Matka Kesar Firni
Chawal Ki Kheer ~ Rice Dessert
Chawal Ki Kheer


  1. I totally love how orangey your kesari baath looks like! Must have been really delicious...

  2. looks very pretty and very interesting recipe, got some semolina will give it a try insha allah

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