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Mango kesari in a white floral plate

Mango Kesari

Mango Kesari or Mango Sheera is a fantastic economical Indian dessert recipe that you can prepare without much effort in an Instant pot, a regular pressure cooker or on the stove top. This Indian style semolina pudding is a great way to enjoy an easy dessert.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Mango Kesari, Mango Sheera
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 122kcal
Author: Meghna



How to make Mango Kesari in Instant Pot?

  • Set the Instant Pot on SAUTE & keep it on NORMAL.
  • Add about 3/4 cup ghee to the pot. When the ghee becomes moderately hot throw in the chopped almonds & the raisins & fry until the raisins plump up & the almonds are nicely roasted.
  • Next, add the sooji, rava or semolina & roast very well until it becomes fragrant and the color changes & become lightly golden. This step is very important so do not rush things. The whole taste lies in how well you roast the semolina.
  • Add the sugar & give everything a very good mix.
  • Now, add warm or hot water to the pot & stir vigorously until the semolina uniformly distributes in the water. There should not be any lumps at all.
  • Next, add the saffron soaked water & mix well. CANCEL the SAUTE mode.
  • Close the lid of the pot & press the PRESSURE COOK button & set ot on HIGH for 2 mins. SEAL the valve.
  • After 2 mins do a quick pressure release. Open the lid & mix in the mango pulp very well until the pulp is well distributed in the mango sheera. Add more ghee & mix.
  • Cover the pot & let it sit for 5 mins or simmer on SAUTE set at NORMAL for 1-2 mins stirring briskly. Serve hot. Enjoy!

How to make Mango Kesari on Stove top?

  • Heat a kadai or deep bottomed skillet over medium heat. Pour ghee.
  • When the ghee becomes moderately hot throw in the chopped nuts & the raisins & fry well until the rains become plump & the nuts are nice roasted.
  • Add the rava, sooji or semolina and roast very well over medium heat until the color becomes slightly golden & you get a lovely roasted aroma.
  • It's time to add the warm or hot water & give everything a very good mix so that there are aboslutely no semolina lumps.
  • Mix in the sugar + the saffron water & keep on stirring frequently so that the sheera does not stick to the bottom of the kadai.
  • Cover & cook for about 2-3 mins over medium low heat.
  • After 2-3 mins open the cover and mix in the mango pulp. Give everything a very good mix. If need be sprinkle some more water.
  • Add the rest of the ghee & mix well. Cover & let it sit for 5 mins. Serve hot. Enjoy!



  1. Measuring Units used, 1 cup = 240 ml & 1 teaspoon = 5 ml.
  2. If you use dry roasted semolina than reduce the roasting time with ghee.
  3. I used a fine quality semolina or rava hence the cooking time is only 2 mins! If you use a coarse variety increase the cooking time by 1 min.
  4. Semolina or rava or sooji lasts longer if you dry roast it and than store it in an air tight container.
  5. Roast the chopped nuts + the raisins very well for best flavors.
  6. Add warm or hot water to the pot. This will help to build up pressure quickly in the IP.
  7. Add ghee liberally or add less. Choice is totally yours, you don't have to stick to the given measurements. Same rule applies for the sugar. We love our sheera sweet, if you prefer less sweet desserts than reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup.
  8. You may double or triple this recipe. You may even halve it. It works beautifully everyway.
  9. To PREVENT the BURN message in the Instant Pot do a QUICK PRESSURE RELEASE immediately after the cooking time is up.
  10. You may add cardamom to your Mango Kesari or semolina pudding recipe. I did not add any!
  11. You may also cook it in milk instead of water.
Calorific details are provided by a third party application & are to be used as indicative figures only.
Nutrition Facts
Mango Kesari
Amount Per Serving
Calories 122 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 26mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Calcium 260mg26%
* Read our privacy policy - Calorie information is provided as a courtesy only and should be leveraged as an estimate rather than a guarantee.Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 26mg | Sugar: 12g | Calcium: 260mg