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Kalkandu Pongal recipe / Sugarcandy Pongal / How to make karkandu pongal in pressure cooker

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As I shared in my earlier blogs about the home, interiors and stated that “Healthy Home leads to Healthy Life”, when it comes to cleanliness I am more conscious about it. So I use to clean my kitchen at least once in a month. During festivals the cleaning would become a little toughest job, because not only kitchen, but we need to clean the whole house.

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Pongal is one among the most important Tamilian dish prepared on Pongal festival (Tamilian festival). Usually people prepare Pongal with coconut jaggery (vellam) and here I have prepared the same dish with Kalkandu/Rock Candy. This is one of festive recipe prepared among all tamilians. Also check out my Karkandu Pongal / Rockcandy Pongal below…

It tastes delicious and had good texture with the combination of milk, ghee/clarified butter, roasted nuts, green gram dal and raw rice, a very simple, easy and healthy recipe. It is also a favorite dish for kids. Let us move on to the recipe…

 

Kalkandu Pongal / Karkandu Pongal / Rockcandy Pongal

Kalkandu Pongal / Karkandu Pongal / Rockcandy Pongal

Ingredients:

  • Raw rice – 1 cup
  • Greengram dal/Moong dal/Paasiparuppu – ½ cup
  • Ghee/Clarified butter – 3 tbsp
  • Rock candy / Kalkandu – ½ cup
  • Cashew nuts – 10 nos
  • Raisins – 10 nos
  • Milk – ½ litre

Making of Karkandu Pongal / Rockcandy Pongal –

Preparation:

  • Wash the rice and green gram dal/paasiparuppu/mung dal, drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Crush the rock candy/kalkandu and keep it aside.
  • Heat ½ tbsp of ghee/clarified butter in a pressure-cooker, add in the rice and green gram dal/paasiparuppu/mung dal, and cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Pour in 3 cups of milk and a cup of water, let it boil and pressure-cook it for 3 whistles.
  • Remove the lid when the pressure subsides, the rice should be mashing consistency or should be mashed. Mash the rice and dal with a spoon (no lumps should be formed).
  • Transfer it to a non-stick kadhai and keep in medium flame.
  • Pour over the leftover milk and bring it to boil.
  • Heat a tbsp of ghee/clarified butter, add in the cashew nuts and cook until it starts turning golden brown.
  • Add in the raisins and cook until it doubles in size, pour it to the boiling rice along with the leftover ghee/clarified butter.
  • Add in the crushed kalkandu/rock candy and cook until it melts.
  • Keep on stirring once in a while, else it would be burnt.
  • Cook until it thickens and the ghee/clarified butter separates and floats on the sides of the rice.

Serve hot. Goes out well for breakfast, as an offering to god.

As a tamilian, and now heading to Pongal and other south Indian states heading to Sankaranti, and it’s believed that starting new things over pongal that may get good health and fortune year long. So To welcome prosperity & good health, we thoroughly clean our home & kitchen every Pongal. But cockroaches escape from our cleaning by hiding deep into the cracks and crevices, contaminate food and utensils behind our back to spread food poisoning. Don’t let these cockroaches disrupt your family’s health ever. Use LAL HIT not just this Pongal, but every month during the kitchen cleaning. Its unique ‘Deep Reach Nozzle’ reaches deep into the corners and crevices, and kills even the hidden cockroaches. #SayNoToFoodPoisoning.

I have started with my cleaning process, how about you? Do follow the above instructions for the easy, simple, painless and quick but perfect cleaning of home with LAL HIT as Health is Wealth. Wish you all a HAPPY PONGAL/SANKARANTHI from MADRAASI.

Corn Flour Halwa / Bombay Halwa / Karachi Halwa

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Corn Flour Halwa is a very easy, simple and ready in minute’s halwa, compared to all the other halwa’s. Corn Halwa is prepared in many color by adding food color, like green, yellow, orange or red. Corn Flour Halwa has a glassy appearance, which melts in mouth with delicious taste and little crunchiness of Cashew nuts induced in the halwa. Let me share the recipe…

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Corn Flour Halwa / Bombay Halwa / Karachi Halwa

Corn Flour Halwa / Bombay Halwa / Karachi Halwa

Ingredients:

  • Corn Flour – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1 ½ cup
  • Water – 1 cup + 1 ½ cups
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 2 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
  • Cashew nuts – 15 nos (broken into pieces)
  • Food Color (red) – ¼ tsp

Making of Corn Flour Halwa / Bombay Halwa / Karachi Halwa –

Preparation:

  • Take corn flour and food color in a wide mouth bowl, pour 1 ½ cups of water, mix well, so that the corn flour dissolves well in water and make sure no lumps are formed.
  • Meanwhile, take sugar in a heavy bottom pan or kadai, pour 1 cup of water, and mix well until the sugar dissolved.
  • Cook in medium flame, until it thickens (not sugar syrup consistency, before reaching sugar syrup consistency).
  • Pour the corn flour water, keep on stirring otherwise lumps would be formed.
  • Cook in medium flame, meanwhile heat ghee/clarified butter in a kadai, add the cashew nuts and fry them until they turn golden brown in color.
  • Pour the roasted cashew nuts and ghee to the corn flour, mix well, until it comes to the halwa consistency.
  • Grease a tray with a tsp of ghee/clarified butter and transfer the halwa to the tray, spread it evenly with the backside of the spoon, sprinkle cardamom powder and let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Now gently slice the halwa into equal shapes.

Serve hot or at room temperature.

Potato Fritters Recipe / Urulaikilangu Vadai Recipe / Easy Vadai Recipes – Navratri recipes

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Potato Fritters / Urualaikilangu Vadai is one such recipe, which is a perfect food during vrat / viratham. It is also one of the highlights of Navratri.

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Potato Fritters / Urulaikilangu Vadai is simple, easy and can be prepared in minutes. You can also prepare it as a tea time snack for the surprise guests. Let me share the recipe…

Potato Fritters / Urulaikilangu Vadai

Potato Fritters / Urulaikilangu Vadai

Ingredients:

  • Potato – 250 gm
  • Rava/Semolina/Sooji – 100 gm
  • Green chilli – 1 no
  • Onion – 50 gm
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Coriander leaves – 2 stalks
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Making of Potato Fritters / Urulaikilangu Vadai –

Preparation:

  • Boil, peel and mash the potatoes, make sure to mash it well.
  • Peel and finely chop the onions, chop the green chillies, curry leaves and coriander leaves.
  • Take a bowl, add the mashed potatoes, rava/semolina, cumin seeds, curry leaves, coriander leaves, green chillies and salt.
  • Mix it all together.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, grease your palm with oil, take a small portion of the dough, roll it to a ball, and flatten it in between your palms.
  • Gently drop the flatten vadai, to the oil and deep fry them on both sides. (Cook only in medium flame, since the potatoes are cooked already they would get burnt easily).
  • Drain the oil and remove the vada from fire, once it cooked.

Serve hot with a cup of tea or coffee.