April 11, 2012

Semolina Cake for Valentine's Day

Unlike last year's Valentine's day time consuming Biscuit Joconde Imprime, this year I made a sweet semolina recipe (Rava kesari) and molded it to a heart-shape and topped with rose petal spread. We took this to a friend's house for lunch. Simple, but delish! 

Ingredients: Semolina (rava / sooji) - 1 cup, milk - 1/2 cup, water - 1 1/2 cups; Sugar - 1 1/2 cups; Ghee - 2-4 tbsp; Cashews - 4-5 tbsp broken pieces; Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp; Food Coloring - orange - few drops; Saffron - 5-6 strands.
  • Heat the pan and add semolina and toast till golden
  • Remove from heat & transfer. Reheat the pan and add 1/2 the ghee
  • Add the cashews and roast till brown
  • Add water and milk, bring to a slight boil
  • Add the semolina back, stirring to break any lumps
  • Add sugar, saffron, cardamom and let cook till the semolina is completely cooked
  • Add a few drops of the food coloring. If using powder, mix with a little water & add
  • Add the rest of the ghee
  • Cool and mold to desired shape!
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