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.
- 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
- 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.