Kesari Bhaat is a Maharashtrian Cuisine. We usually cook it on occasions like Ganpati Utsav, Gudi Padwa (Maharashtrian New Year), Naag Panchami and much more. The main ingredient of it is Saffron and Basmati Rice, that is why it is known as Kesari Bhaat. Saffron is a spice derived from the flower known as Crocus Sativus.
Saffron’s great aroma adds flavor as well as nice light orange color to Kesari Bhaat. Saffron is the costliest spice in the world. We can use Kesar in other desserts as well like Shrikhand, Murraba, and Kheer etc(Click on Shrikhand and Murabba to read more about it). After Sawan, our festivals are in a queue and it’s time to enjoy delicious food and desert. On occasion of Rakha Bandhan, I am going to prepare Kesari Bhaat a Festival of brothers and sisters. It might take 40-45 min to cook but let me tell you it’s cooking process is not that difficult. It is easy to cook also you will get all its ingredients very easily in the market. So come let’s see how to make Kesari Bhaat.
Benefits of Saffron:
Saffron is often known as Kesar in Hindi, which is popular spice and costly too. We use saffron in many food items, especially in a sweet dish. It adds lovely orange color and a great aroma to many dishes. Apart from this saffron have some health and skin benefits. It maintains blood pressure and keeps heart disease away.It is also good for your skin, Saffron has natural skin lightening qualities. To get naturally fair skin, add some strands in milk for 2 hours. Rub it all over your face keep it for some time and then wash away. As a result, you will get a glowing skin.
Prep Time: 41-50 minutes
Cook time: 31-40 minutes
Level Of Cooking: Easy
Ingredients for Kesari Bhaat Recipe
o Rice 1 cup
o Saffron a few strands
o Sugar crystals (Khadi Sakhar) 25 grams
o Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon
o Cashew nuts 1 tbsps
o Raisins 1 tablespoon
o 4-5 Almonds
o Pure ghee 1 tablespoon
o Sugar 1/2 cup
How to Make Kesari Bhaat
Soak rice for half an hour. If possible try to use Basmati Rice as it will add great taste to your Kesari Bhaat.
Put a pan and heat one teaspoon of pure ghee. Cut Cashew nuts and almonds into small pieces. Fry raisins, almonds, cashew nuts, clove and cardamom and keep aside. Remove extra water from a soaked rice and in the same ghee add rice and sauté till rice starts separating.
Dissolve saffron in warm water and keep aside. Add 1½ cups of boiling water to the rice and add saffron water and let it cook.
When half has done add sugar and continue to cook till all the water has been absorbed and the rice is cooked.
Finally, add the cardamom powder and garnish it with fried dry fruits and sugar crystals. Serve hot.
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