Festival RecipesAval kesari recipe | poha kesari | easy gokulashtami recipes

Aval kesari recipe | poha kesari | easy gokulashtami recipes

Poha kesari | Aval kesari is a very easy sweet recipe, which you can make on janmashtami | Krishna jayanthi. I have few requests from readers to post this recipe of easy aval kesari, and i called up my mother yesterday night to  note down the recipe. My mom’s neighbourhood aunty who was there when i called, immediately told the recipe. Even my mom too never made this kesari. My mom also tried this today morning and i also tried this morning. This is a very easy recipe and those who do not have time to make any sweets in the last minute, can do this aval kesari in a jiffy.

Aval kesari

  Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 20 Mins |    Yields : 1 cup

     Aval |Poha   1/2 cup
     Sugar       1/2 cup
     Water      2 cups (approx.)
     Ghee         1 tblsp
     Cashew nuts    5
     Cardamom powder  a pinch  
     Kesar |Orange colour   A pinch 


  • Dry roast the poha | aval for 5 minutes in a low flame, without getting burnt.
  • Powder this in a mixie . Not very fine, just to the consistency of rava.

roast aval

  • Add little ghee in a pan and roast the cashew nuts.
  • Keep it aside. In the same pan roast the powdered poha and saute in a low flame for 7-9 minutes. Do not change the colour and be careful not to get this burnt.

roast-poha powder

  • Boil 2 cups of  water nicely in a saucepan. Add this slowly to the roasted poha and cook in a medium flame. The poha will absorb all the water and get cooked too. If u check with your wet hands, the poha should not stick to your hands. this means it is fully cooked. Keep the flame low.
  • Add the sugar to this. Stir this quickly and do not worry if the mixture turns watery.


  • Mix the kesar color in 2 tsp of water and add to this. Let this cook  nicely till it becomes a whole mass.


  • Add the roasted cashew and the remaining ghee and cardamom powder.


  • When the ghee starts oozing out, and doesn’t stick to the pan, switch off the flame. Aval kesari is ready for neivedhyam.



  1. Do not add sugar before the poha is cooked.
  2. My mom told she added 1 and 1/2 cup sugar for 1 cup of poha. But i added equal amount of sugar. I felt the sweet is medium and perfect for my family.

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