Aval Kesari is one of the simplest and easiest sweet or kesari. This sweet can be made during gokulashtami because krishna is fond of aval. Also it comes in handy when sudden guests come and when you want to make a traditional sweet in a short time.
- One cup Aval or Rice flakes
- One cup Sugar
- One cup water or milk
- Few Raisins
- Few cashew nuts
- Ghee as required
- A pinch of Cardamom powder
- A pinch of Edible camphor
- Wash and soak aval or rice flakes in water for ten minutes.
- Drain the water after ten minutes and keep the poha aside for ten minutes.
- Heat one tbs of ghee and fry the cashew nuts till brown and add raisins and fry till it puffs up.remove and keep in a seperate cup
- In the same pan add one more tbs of ghee and fry the rice flakes till a nice aroma comes.
- Add one cup water or milk and cook the rice flakes till mushy.it has to be cooked till soft before adding the sugar.
- Once it is cooked add one cup sugar and kesari colour powder dissolved in a little water.
- Heat until the sugar dissolves and then thickens(stirring in between)
- Once it thickens add cardamom powder,edible camphor,fried cashews and raisins and one more tbs of ghee.mix well and transfer in to a bowl.
Courtesy: Smt Uma
General guidelines for healthier food – Both body and mind:
- One should be thinking about Perumal (Nama Smaranam) while cooking, and the purpose should be to offer the preparation to Him.
- Once the food is prepared, it should be offered to Perumal first. While offering, one should make sure that the food is neither too hot nor cold. It should be offered with love and affection.
- Please do not offer either pre-cooked food bought from outside or any pre-consumed food.
- Please follow thiruvaradanam kramam as instructed by your respective acharya. (http://anudinam.org/2012/03/08/bhagavad-tiruvaradhanam/)
- Follow ahara niyamam as much as possible. Atleast make sure that onion and garlic are not used at all.(http://anudinam.org/2012/06/11/srivaishnava-ahara-niyamam/)
- Please ensure that food which are not prasadams are not consumed.