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Pineapple Kesari / Pineapple Semolina Pudding

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My In-Laws love pineapple flavor a lot and sometimes they ask me to include pineapple essence in cakes instead of vanilla. My MIL always have the pineapple essence at her kitchen and add it whatever the dish it can be used. Also, point to give, she is expert in making perfect kesari. I love her pineapple kesari which I never tasted before. She only adds pineapple essence, but it tastes too good to mention. 

I learnt to make perfect kesari from her and I prepared it with pineapple fruit and also added pineapple essence when they come over here last week. It tasted heaven. Got a positive feedback from them and it made my day.


Basic Information:

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4



Semolina / Rava – 1/2 cup

Pineapple – 1/2 cup, finely chopped

Sugar – 3/4 cup to 1 cup

Green Cardamom – 2, crushed

Water – 1 and 1/2 cups to 2 cups

Pineapple essence – few drops

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoons

Raisins – 1 tablespoon

Ghee – 2 tablespoons

Yellow food colour – a small pinch

Saffron strands – few, for garnishing



1) In a thick bottom pan, heat a tablespoon of ghee.

2) Add cashew nuts and raisins. Roast till the cashews become golden brown and raisins become pulpy. Transfer to a plate.


3) Add rava to the same pan and roast in the medium flame till it turns to nice golden colour. Take extra care not to brown the rava at this stage. Transfer to a plate.


4) In the same pan, add water, pineapple chunks and food colour. Mix well. Bring it to boil.

5) Reduce the flame and add rava with one hand and mix simultaneously using other hand. Stir well to avoid any lump formation. Stir continuously till the rava gets cooked well.


6) Make a powder of cardamom with little sugar. Add it to the pan along with remaining sugar. Stir well again and make sure there are no lumps of rava.


7) Cooked rava becomes watery again due to added sugar. Continue cooking. When the mixture is slightly thick, add ghee, cashews and raisins. Mix well.

8) Add few drops of pineapple essence if using and turn the flame off immediately.

9) Garnish with saffron strands and Serve hot.



1) Water quantity is given for coarse semolina. You can also use fine semolina for the same water quantity but the kesari becomes little watery. Don’t worry. It becomes thick when it cools down.

2) Add more ghee for nice texture, taste and flavor.

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Rafeeda AR

Looks so yumm…


Delicious kesari! Love the bright yellow color!

Priya Suresh

Omg, who can resist to this pineapple kesari,love that bright and catchy colour of the kesari.

Divya Shivaraman

so perfectly made pineapple kesari…love every click…so bright and pleasant

Suja Manoj

Super tempting,delicious kesari

Ruxana Gafoor

looks yummy and a lovely presentation


Look very tempting! We love pineapple around here too!


tempting click.. Yummy


nice bright yellow color

Vimitha Durai

Lovely color. Wish I could have dat

Rumana Rawat

Yumm.. Makes me feel like taking that plate from screen…


I love this like anything, wanted to make for long time, you have tempted me enough to make it soon ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lovely set up and pictures


so very lovely….yummy clicks too!!


wow wow super tempting and deliicous looking pineapple kesari dear ๐Ÿ™‚


Kesari looks delicious.


fruit kesaris r always my fav .. n esp pineapple one.. love the prep.. bookmarked it..


yum yum yum…lovely color


Tempting & beautiful kesari.. Looks fab ๐Ÿ™‚

Jeyashris Kitchen

My all time fav kesari, wonderful presentation

Aps Kitchen

I have made it many a times… i loved the plate and the clicks as well as kesari ๐Ÿ™‚

La cuisine de Simona

Looks delicious. I have to try this recipe.