Pineapple Kesaribath

Pineapple Kesaribath

Whether it is a small engagement party, a get together or even a dwadashi or Thursday night when you are not supposed to eat certain items, the most common sweet dish in any Madhwa household is “Pineapple Kesaribath”. This kesaribath is made with tons and tons of ghee. Not so much my liking though. Anyway, I rarely prepare this because of ghee. However, last weekend when we visited Costco for our regular shopping, they had pineapples for just under $3, and my Husband picked one. Most was eaten as is, and whatever was leftover I used to prepare this sweet dish. So, here is what you need to make pineapple kesaribath.


  • 2 cups Rava or fine Sooji
  • 1 and 1/2 cup Sugar. Use more if you need more sweeter
  • Cashews and Raisins ( as mush as you can afford) 🙂 The more the better
  • 4 tsp Ghee + 2 tsp Ghee
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pineapples. You can also use canned ones.
  • Finely ground cardamom
  • Saffron food color a pinch. If you have saffron strands you can use them as well. Soaked in milk.


  1. In a pan with 2 tsp of ghee fry the rava or sooji on low heat. The house fills with a nice aroma. You need to fry really on low heat for at least 15-20 minutes.
  2. Next, in a heavy bottom pan add the 3 and 1/2 cups of water and sugar. Let it come to a boil, now add the pineapples and also the saffron.
  3. When the pineapple is soft, slowly add the rava. While adding the rava, keep stirring the same so that no big lumps are formed.
  4. When all the rava is completely mixed with the sugar, reduce the flame to low and cover the pan.
  5. In another pan, fry the cashews and raisins in the remaining ghee.
  6. Add this to the Kesaribath, mix well.
  7. When completely done, add also the finely ground cardamom and mix well.
  8. Serve with Vegetable Upma. Coming next.
  9. This combination is also called Chow Chow Bath in Bengaluru restaurants.

16 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Aarthy Guruprasad on June 4, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Dear Meera
    I love pineapple kesribath, always had it in Bengaluru restaurants but never tried myself,
    thanks for this recipe,I’ll try it today itself.


  2. Posted by meeraghu on April 16, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    In my engagement and the many I have attended the dishes mostly prepared are:
    1. Kesari Bath
    2. Khara Bath
    3. Bombai Bonda (Alu Bonda)
    4. Kesari Milk
    5. Coffee

    Hope this helps.


  3. Could you make other suggestions on menu items to offer at an engagement party? Thank you!


  4. Posted by meeraghu on January 15, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Yes indeed.


  5. Hello Meera,
    Thank you for the recipe, tried it today and tastes good!


  6. Hi Meera,

    I have some crushed pineapple left over. I think this would be a great way to finish it off 🙂 Happy New Year!


    • Posted by meeraghu on January 7, 2010 at 6:59 pm

      Happy New Year to you as well. Everyone in my family loves pineapple kesaribath. Give it a try. 🙂


  7. Posted by meeraghu on October 14, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Thanks for the comments. I am glad you are able to make sweets. Happy Diwali to you and your family also.


  8. Posted by vidya on October 14, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Hi meeraji,

    Thank you very much for the recipe.It tastes the same as it looked(awesome!!).my husband loves sweets and i am not very good at making sweets.I hope now i can make with the help of your website.Thanks a lot for all the efforts you are putting in .My next trial for diwali would be chakali.



  9. Posted by pravathi on May 9, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Hi Meera,

    Thanks for the new posts.

    You mention in step 2 :”add the 3 and 1/2 cups of water and sugar.” – so this is 1&1/2 cup water and 1&1/2 cup sugar?


    No, Parvathi. It is 3 and 1/2 cups water and the amount of sugar mentioned in the ingredients.


  10. Posted by gayathri on May 8, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    my mouth is watering after seeing the picture it ..have to try ..thanks for the recepie..

    Sure, Gayathri. Let me know how it turned out.


  11. Posted by Venkatesh Rao on May 5, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Seriously, I tried to snatch it out of the screen!! Yum!!

    Did it taste good?


  12. Delicious! I love Pineapple Kesari Bhath, looks yummy!:)

    Yes, indeed Asha. Everyone loves this dish.


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