Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Avalakki Pineapple Kesaribhath (Beaten rice-Pineapple Kesaribhath)

Let me tell you the entire story about how I find out my hubby’s first love from his relatives!! My hubby is crazy about sweet dishes, he loves any damn dish if it has sugar or jaggery(brown sugar) in it. Just after our wedding, we planned to visit his native to get blessings from the kuladevatha temple. The temple is in his maternal grandparents’ village.

Though, his maternal grandparents are no more, 4 of his uncle’s family were staying in nearby villages. As per my mom-in-law’s suggestion, we visited everyone’s home for either lunch or dinner. First, we went to mom-in-law’s brother’s house in Udupi. There, my hubby’s aunty served yummy south canara meals & kesaribhath. She mentioned that my hubby loves kesaribhath the most. Night, it was another relatives place, where we were invited & again kesaribhath. I remember going to four of their relatives place & all of them served us kesaribhath, be it morning breakfast, lunch, evening snacks or dinner. Huh!!, me being choosy about desserts, felt like puking after seeing kesaribhath everywhere.

Though, I knew him from college days, I was not aware that he liked kesaribhath so much. Everybody served kesaribhath with loads of ghee & love, mentioning “it is your hubby’s favorite dish”. This is how I got to know about my hubby’s first love, kesaribhath!!! Although, I don’t like this sweet dish much, I love to prepare it for my hubby. I take not more than 2 tbsp & the remaining kesaribhath finds its way happily inside his tummy.

I recently found avalakki kesaribhath(Beaten rice kesaribhath) recipe in Zee Kannada Channel. Noted down the recipe at once & modified a little by adding pineapple. Here, you see the mouth-watering avalakki pineapple kesaribhath.

1 cup beaten rice/aval/avalakki/poha
1/4th cup pureed pineapple or finely chopped pineapple
1 cup sugar
1 cup full cream milk
1 cup water
½ tsp powdered cardamom
A pinch of saffron strands
1 drop orange color or 1/4th tsp saffron powder mixed in milk.
1 tsp fried dry fruits in ghee (optional)
1 tbsp ghee/clarified butter


  • Powder the beaten rice (the powdered beaten rice should look like small rawa/semolina)

  • Mix water & milk in a broad pan, allow it to boil.

  • When milk starts boiling, add powdered beaten rice & mix it well. Keep stirring the mixture as it might stick to the pan & get burnt easily. Let the beaten rice cook in milk for 3-4 mins.

  • Add pureed pineapple, saffron color, sugar & mix well.

  • As soon as the sugar is added, the thick mixture loosens & becomes little watery or sticky.

  • Add ghee at this stage & cook on slow flame, by constantly stirring until extra water is evaporated.

  • Add saffron strands, cardamom powder, fried dry fruits & mix well.

  • Serve it hot or warm.

I'm happy to send this recipe to "FIC-Orange" hosted by Aparna & the original creator tongueticklers. The orange ingredient used in my recipe is saffron strands & saffron powder.

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