|Course||Breakfast in Karnataka and dessert in other places|
|Place of origin||India|
|Region or state||Karnataka|
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Kesari bhat (Kannada: ಕೇಸರಿ ಬಾತ್) is a sweet Indian food that is popular throughout the country. The classical ingredients used for its preparation are semolina, sugar, ghee (usually), water and milk.
It originated from the Karnataka state of South India. It is a Cuisine of Karnataka and is a popular dish during festivals such as Ugadi. The word kesari in Kannada refers to the spice saffron which is used, resulting in its saffron-orange-yellow-colored tinge. Though it is a sweet dish, in Karnataka, it is prepared not only as a sweet dish but also for normal breakfasts. It is also served with Uppittu or Khara Bath and both the dishes in equal quantity one plate is popularly called as the "Chow Chow Bath". In North India it is served as a sweet dish called Sheera or Suji/Sooji Halwa. It is much simpler with little or no ghee, no color or Kesar, though it is not the actual traditional recipe of Karnataka. It is widely popular as Sheera in Marathi/Hindi, Rava Kesari in Telugu, Sooji Halwa in the North, Sojji and Rava Kesari in Tamil.
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