Barnyard Millet Kesari | Kuthiraivali Kesari

Barnyard Millet Kesari | Kuthiraivali Kesari

The last recipe for this week’s Prep to table theme is this delicious dessert, Barnyard Millet Kesari | Kuthiraivali Kesari. My boys love kesari and they would be so excited to eat kesari as there after school snack. Millet is still very underused in my family. No one except me really cares about it.Since it is just me, it often get slipped out and goes unnoticed.

Lately, I have been using millet in many different recipes where it is not even noticed. My husband has no problem consuming it as long as he does not know that it has millet. It is more of a mental block and I am hoping that this is just a phase and soon he will start looking at the health benefits of the millet.


Barnyard Millet Kesari | Kuthiraivali Kesari

Couple of weeks back, I went to the Indian stores with my friend and she introduced me to this Barnyard millet / Kuthiraivali. She told me that she cooks it just like rice and uses it as a substitute for rice. I tried it for me and this is one millet that resembles very close to rice. So when looking to make a dessert recipe for the theme, I thought why not make something with the Barnyard millet. Kesari is the absolute favorite dessert of my boys and I made the Barnyard Millet Kesari | Kuthiraivali Kesari.

My other Kesari recipes –

Rava Kesari / Semolina Kesari

Semiya Kesari / Vermicelli Kesari

Aval Kesari – Poha Kesari

F for Fruit kesari – Mixed Fruit kesari

My other Millet recipes –

Thinai Sweet Paniyaram | Foxtail Millet Sweet Paniyaram

Thinai Ven Pongal Recipe | Foxtail Millet Savory Pongal – Vegan and Gluten Free Recipe

Haryana Bajra Roti – Gluten Free Millet Flatbread

Ragi Dosai – Instant Finger Millet Dosai

Ragi Idiyappam | Ragi Sevai | Finger Millet String Hopper | Kezhvaragu Idiyappam

 

Barnyard Millet Kesari | Kuthiraivali Kesari

Preparation time – 5 minutes
Cooking time – 20 minutes
Difficulty level – easy

Ingredients to make Barnyard Millet Kesari | Kuthiraivali Kesari – (serves 4)

  • Kuthiraivali / Barnyard millet – 1/2 cup
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Water – 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups
  • Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Ghee / clarified butter – 3 TBSP
  • Cashew nuts – 2 TBSP (broken into pieces)
  • Raisin – 2 TBSP
  • Orange food color – a pinch (optional)

Barnyard Millet Kesari | Kuthiraivali Kesari

Procedure to make Barnyard Millet Kesari | Kuthiraivali Kesari –

  • Heat about 1 tsp of ghee / clarified butter in a pan. Add the measured Barnyard millet and keep stirring to evenly roast the millet. Make sure that you fry it in low to medium flame. The millet will turn aromatic and slightly change color.
  • Remove the millet and let it cool to room temperature.
  • Grind the roasted millet to a fine semolina / rava like texture.

Barnyard Millet Kesari | Kuthiraivali Kesari

  • In the same pan, heat 1 more tsp of ghee and fry the cashews and the raisins. Remove it on a plate.

Barnyard Millet Kesari | Kuthiraivali Kesari

  • In the mean time, heat about 3 cups of water and bring it to boil. Let it simmer.
  • Return the ground millet to the same pan and add fry for a minute more to heat it up. Now lower the flame and slowly add the boiling water to the millet. Mix well to avoid any lumps and let the millet cook in low flame. Keep adding more hot water to make sure that the millet cooks well. It will take about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Check to see if the millet is cooked completely and is soft.
  • Add the measured sugar to the cooked millet and mix well. Add 1 TBSP of ghee and let the kesari cook.
  • The mixture will start to solidify. At this stage add the remaining ghee, food coloring (if using) and the cardamom powder. Mix well and cook until the kesari starts leaving the sides of the pan.
  • Add the fried cashew and raisin and turn off the flame.

Barnyard Millet Kesari | Kuthiraivali Kesari

  • The kesari is now ready to serve.

Barnyard Millet Kesari | Kuthiraivali Kesari

Barnyard Millet Kesari | Kuthiraivali Kesari
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Barnyard Millet Kesari | Kuthiraivali Kesari

Course Dessert, sweets
Cuisine Indian
Keyword barnyard millet, dessert, festival recipes, Indian sweet, kesari, kuthiraivali, Millet Recipes, sweet, Whole grains
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • Kuthiraivali / Barnyard millet - 1/2 cup
  • Sugar - 1 cup
  • Water - 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Ghee / clarified butter - 3 TBSP
  • Cashew nuts - 2 TBSP broken into pieces
  • Raisin - 2 TBSP
  • Orange food color - a pinch optional

Instructions

  1. Heat about 1 tsp of ghee / clarified butter in a pan. Add the measured Barnyard millet and keep stirring to evenly roast the millet. Make sure that you fry it in low to medium flame. The millet will turn aromatic and slightly change color.
  2. Remove the millet and let it cool to room temperature.
  3. In the same pan, heat 1 more tsp of ghee and fry the cashews and the raisins. Remove it on a plate.
  4. In the mean time, heat about 3 cups of water and bring it to boil. Let it simmer.
  5. Grind the roasted millet to a fine semolina / rava like texture.
  6. Return the ground millet to the same pan and add fry for a minute more to heat it up. Now lower the flame and slowly add the boiling water to the millet. Mix well to avoid any lumps and let the millet cook in low flame. Keep adding more hot water to make sure that the millet cooks well. It will take about 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Check to see if the millet is cooked completely and is soft.
  8. Add the measured sugar to the cooked millet and mix well. Add 1 TBSP of ghee and let the kesari cook.
  9. The mixture will start to solidify. At this stage add the remaining ghee, food coloring (if using) and the cardamom powder. Mix well and cook until the kesari starts leaving the sides of the pan.
  10. Add the fried cashew and raisin and turn off the flame.
  11. The kesari is now ready to serve.

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4 thoughts on “Barnyard Millet Kesari | Kuthiraivali Kesari

  1. Hahaha, so true Sandhya. When they don’t know what went into it, they wouldn’t mind it. That is why I don’t say anything when I try recipes with new ingredients. Only after the plate is polished off I reveal the ingredients. This Kesari looks fantastic. No one can find out that it is made with millet.

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