2 Jan 2011

Kalkandu Pongal / Candy Sugar Pongal

     This sweet dish is very famous in Coimbatore and the surrounding districts and made during "Pongal Festival". It has a unique taste and very quick and easy to prepare.

Raw rice [pacharisi] : 1 cup
Kalkandu [candy sugar crystals]: 11/2 cups.
Whole milk: 4 cups.
Ghee:  4-5 tbsp
Cashews: 10.
Raisins: 10.
Cardamom pods:6.

1.Fry the cashews and raisins in about 1 tbsp of ghee. Roughly powder the cardamom pods.
2.Wash the rice twice and drain.
3. In a pressure cooker add the rice, milk and cardamom powder and cook for 4 whistle sounds.

4.Switch off the flame. After the pressure settles down, open the cooker lid.
6.Stir with a wooden spoon to smash the rice even further. The rice should be well done.
7.Place the cooker on a medium flame again. Add the sugar candy.
8.The mixture would become runny first but will begin to thicken after 5 mins.
9.Keep stirring as the bottom layer will get burnt very easily.

10.Once all the sugar candy is melted, add the cashews, raisins and the remaining ghee and mix well.
11.Serve warm

Note: If the sugar candy that you use is the size of the ones as in the photograph you will need 11/2 cups for this dish. If it is larger in size reduce the amount to 1 cup.

There is no need to make the pongal very thick. Even if it is a little watery when you switch off the flame, as the dish cools down it will thicken and come together....
This is best eaten when it is warm with a dollop of vanilla icecream..... Weird though!!!! but I like the combination.

For "Blogging Marathon" by Srivalli. Check out her blog "Spice your life" everyday for the whole of Jan' 2011 for some yummy delectable dishes. Don't forget to visit me blog to see my list for this marathon.
Entry for "Pongal Feast Event " by kurinji

Entry for event " Celebrate Sweets-Sugarless Sweets" started by Nivedita, guest hosted by Sara


Scribbled by Reva.


Simplyfood said...

Beautiful mouthwatering clicks and awesome tasty dessert.

aipi said...

Have a great n prosperous 2011 dear!!
Pongal looks great..Lovely shots & they just are making me drool :)

US Masala

Unknown said...

mouth watering pongal dear........

Unknown said...

Have been wanting to try this for a long time and this one is very tempting

Soumya said...

Yum yum! very tempting and delicious pongal

Priya Suresh said...

Wish u and ur family a happy and prosperous 2011...Marvellous and very tempting pongal..

Kurinji said...

Reva tempting to try it immediately....

Happy New Year 2011 !!!

Thanks for linking with my event....

Pongal Feast Event


Padhu Sankar said...

Kalkandu pongal looks inviting.Wishes for a Very Happy New Year and thanks a lot for stopping by my blog and for your nice words.

Unknown said...


Pongal looks very tempting dear...Gorgeous clicks...:)Happy new year to you!!:)



Sarah Naveen said...

Happy New Year!!!!..
looks so perfect n yummy!!!

veena said...

I have never tried this. Shall now:-)

Sara's Corner said...

Thanks for the delicious entry. I use orange colour kalkandu for the colour.

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