Kesari Sakhar Bhat

IMG_20190814_121123This is a sweet rice with a distinct flavour of kesar,usually made during festive time….

I usually make it on Narali Pournima,a day before Raksha Bandhan and add freshly grated coconut to this recipe.

Ingredients:

1 cup Basmati rice (washed,soaked for half an hour & drained)

1 & 1/2 cup Boiling water.

3/4 cup Sugar.

1/4 cup water.

1/2 cup grated Coconut ( Optional)

1/4 cup soaked and chopped Nuts(Almonds,cashewnuts,raisins).

1 tbsp Ghee

7 cloves.

5 Green cardamoms

A stick of Cinnamon.

Kesar a few strands.

1/2 tsp Catdamom powder.

Salt to taste.

Method:

Heat ghee in a pan,add green cardamom,cinnamon and cloves,wait till they splutter.

Add rice and salt.Add boiling hot water and mix well.Cook covered till rice is 3/4th done.

Remove in a big plate and spread to cool.

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In a thick bottom pan,mix water and sugar,heat on a slow flame to form sugar syrup.Add strands of kesar and cardamom powder in it.Take a bowl of cold water,drop a drop of syrup in the water,if a semi hard ball is formed,syrup is ready.

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In the ready syrup,add cooked rice and chopped nuts,grated coconut (optional)mix well with light hand.

IMG_20190814_114237.jpgCover and simmer till sugar syrup is completely absorbed in the rice and rice is completely cooked.

Serve hot.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera.

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