Semolina with Banana

    12 minutes

    This is a traditional Indian dessert called kesari bhat. It combines banana and semolina with nuts and raisins.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 1 pinch saffron threads
    • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) hot milk
    • 3/4 cup (190ml) vegetable oil
    • 1 1/4 cups fine semolina
    • 1/2 cup banana (optional)
    • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
    • 125g ghee (clarified butter)
    • 1/2 cup cashew pieces
    • 1/2 cup raisins

    Preparation:2min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:12min 

    1. Soften the saffron threads in the hot milk; set aside. Heat oil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in the semolina. Cook until toasted and light brown, stirring constantly.
    2. Bring the milk to a boil in a separate saucepan. Turn heat to medium-low and stir in the semolina and banana; cover and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the sugar, cover and cook for an additional minute.
    3. Meanwhile, in a separate pan, heat ghee over medium-high heat. Add cashews and raisins; cook until the raisins puff. Pour the raisins into the semolina, mix well and cook covered for another minute.

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    This south Indian cuisine is always the best with upma  -  12 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    To begin with the description n recipe given is for "prasad"- an offering to god. Whereas the title says keshari bhat, which is an altogether different item. Keshari means colour saffron n bhaat means rice. Secondly oil is never used in prasad. And if if one has to trying the recipe assuming it to be varied way of preparing it, i can confidently say that it'll end up being just a sweet lump. That is because the ratio of liquids ( ghee oil n milk) is very high to that of semolina. Sorry to be caustic but i wouldnt try this recipe.  -  11 Jun 2013  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    The first time I made this was for Diwali, with a family visiting from India (I am not Indian nor am i particularly familiar with Indian cooking). Stressful! I thought it was delicious and they seemed to like it, 4 stars.  -  18 Dec 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)