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Kesari and Khara Bhath

Posted on Wed 17 Dec 2014

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I’m sure you are all aware of Kesari and Khara bhath, and we South Indians have eaten them either as breakfast or evening snack or at least ordered it once in a way in as a food parcel. Im sure you will agree with me, that if either of them is prepared at home - we expect both to be prepared. If someone prepares Khara bhath without Kesari Bhath, then Im sure that person will have a lot of explaining to do especially to the kids for doing such ‘grave injustice’!

Chow Chow Bhath

Kesari Bhath originated in Karnataka but still is a popular dessert across India. It also happens to be one of the main dishes prepared during the Ugadi festival.

Kesari refers to Saffron, the spice which is used in the dish. This saffron is responsible for yellowish orange and saffron tinge. This popular sweet is also a favorite breakfast item in Karnataka and it is paired with Khara Bhath or Uppit and this combination is popularly known as “Chow Chow Bhath”.

The Different Names of Kesari Bhath

This Kerasi Bhath is also known as “Sheera” or “Soji Halwa” in North India. Unlike South India however, this halwa is made with less ghee and saffron and tastes a bit different than the original sweet dish made in Karnataka.

In Maharashtra again it is called “Sheera” while it is known as “Rava Kesari” in Andhra Pradesh. In Tamil Nadu it is called “Rava Kesari” and “Sojji”, while in the North India it is called “Soji Halwa”.

The Ingredients and Types of Kesari Bhath

The choice of ingredients for making Kesari and Khara Bhath (aka Chow Chow Bhath) depends mainly on their availability which differs from place to place. It can be made using banana, pineapple, mango and rice. The usual ingredients are semolina, ghee, sugar, milk and water. Depending on the ingredients used Kesari Bhath is of different types like

1) Pineapple Kesari Bhath

2) Coconut Kesari Bhath

3) Mango Kesari Bhath &

 4) Rice Kesari Bhath.

Now I’m sure what will be your next Question, “How is it prepared”? Rest assured, the recipe will be posted soon. Till then take care and ‘Happy Eating’!

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