Dates kesari

Serves : 2 ;  Preparation Time: 15min 

Kesari – popularly known as sooji halwa is a very interesting recipe . It is indeed an innovative idea of preparing halwa in a different yet delicious way.

We all are  aware of dates which is an edible  sweet fruit with good nutritional value. Chocolate-covered dates, date syrup/ honey, date sugar are also available in the market. 

Fresh dates are soft to eat and they revitalize the body instantly. 

Dates kesari


  • Semolina (Sooji/ Rava) – 1 1/2 cup
  • Sugar –  1 cup
  • Water – 1 1/2  cup
  • Clarified butter (Ghee) – 5 teaspoons
  • Dates chopped – 1 cup 
  • Cashew nuts chopped  – 4 No.s 


  • Many prefer using dalda instead of ghee but using little ghee while preparing any sweet is good for health.
  • Heat 5 teaspoons of ghee in a pan, add 1 1/2 cup of  sooji, chopped cashew nuts and fry for 3-5 min until colour of sooji turns light brown. Keep aside.
  • Take a bowl, add 1 1/2 cup water, 1 cup dates pieces and 1 cup sugar. Allow if for boiling. Add fried semolina once sugar gets dissolved completely.
  • Mix well to a avoid lump formations. Turnoff the flame as soon as the semolina is cooked well.
  • Dates kesari is ready. 

Adding orange food colour enhances the presentation look of the sweet. Further add-ons can be done with raisins and almonds. 

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