Friday, January 8, 2016

Kalkandu Pongal-Kalkandu Sadam Recipe

Kalkandu pongal (sugar candy pongal)  is a creamy and delicious dessert prepared with rice, milk and rock sugar candy. It is very easy to make and tastes divine. This is one of my favorites, next to sakkarai pongal. Try this Kalkandu pongal for a change this pongal festival and I am sure you will love it. Today we will learn how to make kalkandu pongal following this easy recipe.

Kalkandu Pongal-Kalkandu Rice

Kalkandu Pongal-Kalkandu Bath

Kalkandu Pongal-Kalkandu Bath

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryDessert-Festival Recipes
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Raw Rice - 1/2 cup
   Moong dal/ Pasi paruppu - 1 1/2 tbsp
   Milk - 1 1/2 cup
   Rock sugar candy/ Kalkandu - 3/4 cup

   Ghee - 3 1/2 tbsp
   Cashew nuts - 8-10
   Raisins - 15-20
   Cardamom Powder - 1/4 tsp
   Saffron - 2-3 strands


Dry roast rice and dal separately until hot to touch. Do not over roast it. It just needs to be slightly hot.

roasting dal and rice

Wash rice and dal together and cook with 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of water. I pressure cooked keeping it in a separate vessel for 3 whistles. You can cook directly in the cooker.

cooking dal and rice for kalkandu sadam

Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and mash the dal and rice when it is hot.

how to make kalkandu sadam

Add the remaining 1/2 cup of milk and mash it well.

kalkandu sadam


Heat a tbsp of ghee and fry cashew nuts until light golden brown. Add raisins and fry until it puffs up.

Then add the mashed rice and dal mixture.

kalkandu rice

Add kalkandu or rock sugar candy (I used diamond kalkandu) and cook on medium heat until the sugar candy dissolves.

Add remaining ghee, cardamom powder and mix well.

how to make kalkandu pongal

Finally add saffron strands, mix the pongal well and remove from heat.

Creamy and delicious Kalkandu pongal is ready. It tastes heavenly!! You can enjoy it warm or chilled.

kalkandu pongal recipe

Note - Rice is to water ratio is 1 : 4. As it cools, this pongal will thicken. If needed, you can add a little milk and reheat it. (Kalkandu is crystallized form of sugar).

More Pongal Recipes

Sweet Pongal ( chakkarai pongal with jaggery)

Ven Pongal 

Millet Sweet Pongal 

Varagarisi Kara Pongal 


Check out more collection of Pongal Festival Recipes.

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  1. Padhu your recipes are wonderful and so easy with nice pictures and detailed instructions. I have tried many and we love it! Will keep on trying your recipes.

  2. My most favorite in pongal. Mostly had a chance to eat in temple as prasadham. Delicious

  3. I tried making it today and it turned so well .. Thank u for sharing the recipe


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