There is a little twist here in this Kesari baath. Mysoreians (people living in and around Mysore - Karnataka) do prepare a traditional dish called " Gul Pavate " which is prepared using jaggery instead of sugar. I have done little changes like using some dates and the quantity of jaggery is reduces. I have used black raisins also. Black current (black raisins) helps to add little more sweets and enrich the taste too.
Lets see some benefits of using Black Current ( black raisins) in our daily diet.
Dried black currants are powerhouse of nutrition. They are low fat, cholesterol free and high in protein. Black currants are also an excellent source of nutrients that are essential for health. They contain dietary fiber, minerals like copper, manganese, iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium which are very essential for body metabolism. They are an excellent source of antioxidant Vitamin C and moderate amount of Vitamin A which is essential for healthy vision.
Here is a recipe of Dates - Jaggery Kesari baat which is very easy and quick to prepare and we can have them any time of the day, use them as desert, good for kitty parties or kids parties. Very good for special days like fasting or festival days.
Things needed :Medium Size Rava : 1 1/2 Cup
Ghee :3/4 cup
Dates : 1/2 Cup
Jaggery : 1 Cup
Dried Black Current (Black raisins) : 1/4 Cup
Cardamom : 5 to 6 pods.
Water : 2 Cups
Saffron : 2 to 3 rakes or food colour : a pinch (optional)
Method :1. keep water for boiling.
2. Remove the pods from cardamom and pound it (Powder it).
4. Keep a pan on the fire and put 2 table spoons of ghee and let it melt. Add dates and fry for 1 minute.
5. Add black current and fry them till they turn fluffy.
7. Add boiling water and mix rava nicely. (let the flame be very small while pouring hot water).
8. Mix it well and add jaggery and stir nicely till the jaggery mixed well with rava.
9. Add ghee in between the stirring. Stir till it gets thick.
10. Add saffron and mix it nicely. (Strait you can add saffron). Put off the fire.
11. Add remaining ghee and cardamom powder and mix it well.
Note:You must fry rava nicely till the raw smell disappear. Fry on low flame.
You can add more or less ghee. Adding ghee adds to the taste. Using cooking oil taste differ.
You can also add more jaggery to increase the sweet taste. ( 1 1/2 cup jaggery can be used). You can also use cashew nuts along with black currents. Using saffron or food colour is optional since jaggery adds the natural colour it is not necessary to add any colour to keasari baat. Kesari baat with Upma or Uppittu is a very good combination and ideal for breakfast.
Time 15 minutes
Serves : 3 to 4.