For the majority of my life I have been basically disliking apple though I am fond of eating almost all fruits. It looks so boring and tasteless fruit to me. When I find apple in my fruit basket I would rather try get rid of them by distributing among kids. But this time none of my tricks to clear out handful of apples succeed and that triggered cook in me to prepare this wonderful dessert apple kesari.
Apple kesari, a dessert that is drenched in ghee plus sugar with crunchy cashew plus apple feeling in every bite. It has silky glowing texture, cardamom flavor and not so deep saffron color that makes the dessert drool-worthy. Miracle of the moment is: though the fruit, poor apple seemed so tasteless to kids, have really relished eating this awesome apple kesari which in turn attained my wish. So it’s a WIN-WIN situation.
The apple kesari recipe is very simple provided you don’t compromise with ghee and sugar. Obviously ghee plays a vital role in making the dessert appetizing by texture. You lose the glossy look as you reduce the amount of ghee. If you are a person with sweet tooth I would definitely suggest adding sugar that is twice the amount of semolina (in ratio of 1:2). But my version has mild sweetness where I have put semolina:sugar:ghee in the ratio of 1:1:1. If you don’t like biting chunks of apple in kesari, you can go ahead and grate it, in which case it doesn’t need to be cooked in boiling water.
It’s Navaratri and you can whip up this easiest kesari for the feast on any day.