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Kalkandu Pongal / Rock Candy Pongal / Karkandu Pongal

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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.

It taste 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, also a favorite dish for kids. Let us move on to the recipe…

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Kalkandu Pongal / Rock Candy Pongal

Kalkandu Pongal / Rock Candy 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 / 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.

Kalkandu Sadham / Rock Candy Sadham

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This rice is prepared mostly on festivals in southern part of TamilNadu. This rice is the combination of raw rice, sugar candy and milk. Commonly this rice is prepared as offering to god. Since today is the first day of Aadi month and this is unique festival which is celebrated by women all over Tamil Nadu, I have planned to prepare this “Kalkandu Sadham” as an offering to Goddess. Kids love to have this because of it’s sweetness and the taste of milk.

Sugar candy rice / Kalkandu sadam

Sugar candy rice / Kalkandu sadam

Ingredients:

  • Raw rice – 1 cup
  • Milk – 2 cup
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Sugar candy / Kalkandu – ¼ cup
  • Cashewnuts – 8 nos
  • Ghee – 2 tsp
  • Cardamom powder – a pinch

Preparation:

  • Wash the rice and add 2 cups of milk and 1 cup of water. Pressure cook the rice or cook in the vessel.
  • The rice must be cooked to the mashing consistency.
  • Mash the rice nicely with the ladle.
  • In a pan, add ghee and fry the cashew nuts. Wait till turn golden brown.
  • Now take the sugar candy (kalkandu) and crush it in a blender.
  • Add the crushed sugar candy (kalkandu) to the ghee and add little water so that it would get melt.
  • Once it gets melt add the mashed rice immediately, to avoid the sugar candy (kalkandu) crystallising.
  • Keep in low flame.
  • Mix well and sprinkle the cardamom powder.
  • Let it cook in low flame. Add the roasted Cashew nuts.
  • Stir continuously otherwise lumps will be formed.
  • Turn off, when all the ingredients get blend together.

Serve hot. Also it’s plays a main role of starter in TamilNadu’s vegetarian meals.