Pineapple Kesaribath (Sheera)

Pineapple Kesaribath (Sheera)

Have guests coming over and need a quick dessert? This rava kesaribath with or without pineapple is the easiest and the quickest to make.

Kesaribath is a popular sweet dish of Karnataka. Kesaribath is served as a breakfast and as a dessert too. Kesaribath is delicious dessert. You can add pineapple to kesaribath and with every bite you get an amazing taste and flavour of pineapple along with delicious kesaribath.

Kesaribath is paired with upma or kharabath for breakfast and the dish is called chow chow bath in Karnataka. A very popular breakfast combo in Karnataka. 

Kesaribath is prepared using semolina so it is also called rava kesaribath or sheera. Pineapple kesaribath is also known as pineapple pudding. :-)

Skip the pineapple in the below recipe and you have kesaribath, the most famous sweet dish of South India. All the steps mentioned below remain the same. Enjoy rava kesaribath or sheera with or without pineapple in it.


  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • A pinch of cardamom powder
  • A pinch of yellow food colour/saffron threads
  • 2 tablespoons of raisins
  • 2 tablespoons of cashews
  • 5 tablespoons of ghee
  • 2.5 cups of boiling hot water

Serves: 2

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Preparation Method:

  1. Peel, cube the pineapple. Cook them in one cup of water until they are well cooked. Keep them aside.
  2. Boil another cup and a half of water and keep it aside.
  3. Heat 4 tablespoons of ghee in a skillet/non stick pan. Add in cashews, raisins and fry them until cashew starts to brown. 
  4. Add semolina to the pan and fry it on medium heat until it just starts to brown. Saute continuously so that they fry uniformly. 
  5. To the semolina add 1.5 cups of remaining boiling water and mix well.
  6. Cook closed until semolina cooks through and the mixture gets dry. 
  7. Then add sugar, cardamom powder, cooked pineapple (do not add it's stock, the water used to cook pineapple) and mix well.
  8. Dissolve food colour in a tablespoon of water to ensure uniform colouring later on. Or if you’re using saffron threads then soak them in a tablespoon of hot water for a minute. Add them to the semolina and mix well.
  9. As sugar dissolves it gives out some moisture content. Cook on a medium flame until all the water dries up and all the ingredients blend in well.
  10. Once kesaribath gets completely dry, add remaining 1 tablespoon of ghee and mix well. Remove it off heat.

Serving suggestions:

  1. Serve pineapple kesaribath hot and enjoy.
  2. Serve pineapple kesaribath once it cools down and enjoy. 
  3. If you don’t like crumbled kesaribath and want to give it a shape then add hot pineapple kesaribath into moulds and demould them once they cool a little. 
  4. Or spread kesaribath uniformly onto a plate greased with ghee, cut them into cubes and serve them once it cools down.

Side Note: 

1. Skip the pineapple in the below recipe and you have kesaribath, the most famous sweet dish of South India. All the steps mentioned below remain the same. Enjoy rava kesaribath or sheera with or without pineapple in it.

2. Increase the amount of sugar you add if:

  • If you love your pineapple kesaribath extra sweet.
  • If the pineapple is sour and is not sweet.

3. If your pineapple is too sour I suggest against using it as it’ll make kesaribath too sour in the end.

4. You can add pineapple essence if you wish but I love kesaribath without the essence, also I get to avoid additives.

5. Cook pineapple and then add it to semolina or else it will be crunchy & won't cook enough, when cooked along with semolina. It takes lot more time than semolina to cook.

Liked this recipe? Then you might like Sweet Saffron Rice (Rice Kesaribhath, Sheera) too. For more Indian desserts and sweets recipes look here.

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