Delightful Pineapple Kesari: A Quick and Easy Recipe

Pineapple Kesari is a luscious South Indian dessert that comes with rich flavours.

Pineapple Kesari, also known as Pineapple Sheera, is a delectable South Indian dessert that combines the rich flavours of semolina (sooji or rava), ghee, sugar, and the tropical sweetness of pineapple. Not only does it satiate your taste buds but also this dessert is easiest and quickest to prepare. Be it for satisfy your sweet cravings or trying something new for the festivals or to impress your guests, this homemade dessert, Pineapple Kesari is the perfect choice. This article will walk you through the simple steps to prepare this mouthwatering delicacy.


1 cup semolina (sooji/rava)

1 cup fresh pineapple, finely chopped

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup ghee (clarified butter)

2 cups water

A handful of cashews and raisins (optional)

1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

A pinch of saffron strands (optional, for color)

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Methods to Prepare:

1. Prepare the Pineapple:

• Peel and finely chop the fresh pineapple. Ensure that it is ripe for the best flavour.

• You can also use canned pineapple slices, but fresh pineapple adds a natural sweetness.

2. Roast Semolina:

• Heat a pan over medium heat and add the semolina.

• Roast the semolina until it turns golden brown, stirring continuously to avoid lumps.

• This step is crucial for a smooth and lump-free texture in your Pineapple Kesari.

3. Prepare the Pineapple Puree:

• In a blender, blend the chopped pineapple into a smooth puree.

• Set aside the puree for later use.

4. Cooking Kesari:

• In a medium heat and place a separate pan, heat ghee.

• Add cashews and raisins (if using) and sauté until they turn golden brown.

• Add the roasted semolina to the pan and mix well with the ghee and nuts.

5. Add Water and Pineapple Puree:

• Carefully add two cups of water to the semolina mixture while continuously stirring to avoid lumps.

• Once the semolina absorbs the water, add the pineapple puree and mix well.

6. Sweeten It Up:

• Gradually add sugar to the mixture, stirring continuously.

• Adjust the sugar quantity based on your preference for sweetness.

7. Flavour with Cardamom:

• Sprinkle cardamom powder (optional) into the mixture for a fragrant and aromatic touch.

8. Optional Additions:

• For an extra burst of colour, add a pinch of saffron strands soaked in warm water.

9. Simmer Until Done:

• Continue cooking the mixture on low heat until it thickens to your desired consistency.

10. Serve Hot:

• Once the Pineapple Kesari reaches the desired texture, remove it from the heat.

• Serve the kesari hot, garnished with additional nuts if desired.

Pineapple Kesari is a delightful dessert that brings together the goodness of semolina and the tropical sweetness of pineapple. With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you can create this delicious treat in no time. Whether it’s a festive occasion or a casual family dinner, Pineapple Kesari is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Enjoy the rich flavours and the warmth of this homemade dessert – a perfect way to end any meal on a sweet note!

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