Festive days are here and time to prepare a galore of sweets. Kesari is usually prepared using sugar but one can make it using jaggery also. There is a variation in taste, but it is good, it has a different tinge I can say.

I wanted to make this since a long time and the time has come now. Jaggery is considered to be more healthier than sugar. Before I get to the recipe, here are a few common facts about jaggery.

How is jaggery made?

Jaggery is made from unrefined sugar by boiling the raw, concentrated sugarcane juice until it solidifies. The other sources of jaggery are date palm and sap of coconut.

What does jaggery contain?

Jaggery consists of anti-oxidants along with minerals like zinc and selenium.

Why is jaggery considered more healthy than sugar?

Molasses is a nutritious by-product of the sugar making process, it is retained in jaggery. It is known by the name gur in India.

Rawa kesari with jaggery / bellada sheera
rawa kesari with jaggery /bellada sheera

How to make Rawa Kesari with jaggery / Bellada Sheera


  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1 cup jaggery powdered
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 3 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • cashew pieces


  1. Add a spoonful of ghee in a thick bottom pan, put the cashew pieces and semolina to it, gradually roast it to a golden colour. Put it aside.
  2. Put water in the pan, add jaggery to it. As jaggery melts and the water boils, slowly stir in the semolina. Put ghee to it.
  3. Let cook on a low flame.
  4. Finally, add cardamom powder to it.
  5. Rawa Kesari with jaggery is ready to serve.

Take a tip:

  • I have used organic jaggery, thus the solution is not filtered.
  • Roast the semolina on a low flame until golden in colour.

The other sweets with jaggery that I have are Ragi Halbai, Hayagreeva Maddi, Kadabu

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Rawa kesari with jaggery / bellada sheera
Rawa kesari with jaggery / bellada sheera

Rawa Kesari with jaggery / Bellada Sheera

Rawa kesari with jaggery is a delectable sweet with a healthy twist. It is ideal for festive days or serve it as a quick breakfast for children.

Course Breakfast, lunch
Cuisine karnataka
Keyword bellada sheera, rawa kesari with jaggery
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author jayashree


  • 1 cup semolina
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 cup jaggery grated
  • 3 cup water
  • 8 cashewnuts broken into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder


  1. Take a pan, add a teaspoon of ghee and roast the semolina and cashew pieces, it should be golden in colour. Put it aside.

  2. Take water in a pan, add jaggery to it. Once the jaggery melts and water comes to a boil, slowly stir in the roasted semolina. Put the remaining ghee. Let cook for sometime, the water evaporates and it thickens.

  3. Add cardamom powder.

  4. Rawa kesari with jaggery is ready to serve.

I am sending this post to the theme”Recipes with Jaggery” for the group “Food for Feast” of which I am a part of. Every month, a few themes are selected, poll is conducted and the highest one is selected as the theme for the month.

Rawa kesari with jaggery / bellada sheera

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  1. Rawa Kesari is of the favourite sweet treats of my family. A quick dessert for any occasion. Making it with jaggery is a wonderful idea.

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