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January 13, 2015

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Kalkandu pongal recipe
Kalkandu( Rock sugar in English & Kal Sakkare in Kannada) sadam aka Kalkandu pongal was in my to-do list for years.I had a recipe in my cook book which was waiting for me to try.Pongal is around the corner.This is the perfect time to blog this recipe.Actually it was mentioned as kalkandu bath recipe in my book.But whatever be the name,its method was very similar to our sakkarai pongal/sweet pongal using milk & sugar.I tried it this morning for the first time and it came out finger licking good.We all loved it very much.I packed it to my school moms friends.Everybody liked it so much & gave thumbs up!! This kalkandu pongal is a very rich sweet rice recipe.We can make it for any special occasions & festivals.Rice cooked in milk gives a super rich taste & flavor.Please don’t forget to add the spices i’ve given here.That’s the highlight for this recipe.One thing i would like to say is “ Do not compromise on the quantity of ghee”.It not only makes the pongal tasty but also helps to balance the body heat developed by rock sugar.My MIL usually tells us to consume moderate quantity of kalkandu pongal because over eating may upset your stomach ( ie may cause loose motion trouble).I am not sure about this.So take care and consume less.
Ok,Lets see how to prepare this yummy kalkandu pongal/rock sugar pongal.
Wish u all a very happy Pongal 2015 !
அனைவருக்கும் எனது இனிய பொங்கல் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள் !! Happy
Kalkandu sadam recipe 

Kalkandu pongal recipe


Kalkandu pongal recipe Kalkandu pongal for thai pongal festival !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

  • Raw rice - 1/2 cup
  • Yellow moong dal – 1 tbsp(optional,i dint use)
  • Raw milk - 2.5 cups
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Sugar candy/rock sugar - 1/2 cup( heaped) OR Powdered rock sugar - 3/4 cup+2 tbsp
  • Salt - a pinch
Spices for flavor
  • Ghee - 3-4 tbsp
  • Cardamom - 2 seeds( crushed)
  • Cloves - 1 no
  • Saffron threads - few
  • Nutmeg/Jathikai - a very small piece
METHOD

  • Wash and soak the rice for 10 minutes.In the mean time,boil raw milk + water in a pressure cooker base.When it comes to a boil,add the washed rice draining the water.Let it pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.It takes nearly 10-12 minutes.After the steam is released,remove the lid & mash the rice well.Keep aside ( Note : If u want to add moong dal,roast it in a tsp of ghee & add to pressure cooker along with rice.)
Kalkandu pongal step2

  • Take the rock sugar and break it using a hammer or rolling pin by wrapping it in a news paper.Now it will be broken into small pieces & easy to powder in mixie.If u grind the rock sugar without breaking,mixie blade may break.So its better to follow this procedure.Suppose if u have small candies ( ie diamond kalkandu)u can powder it directly.
Kalkandu pongal step1

  • After opening the cooker,add the powdered rock sugar & mix well.It will melt soon & mixes with the rice.The mixture will become watery now.Keep stirring by adding a tbsp of ghee. Keep the flame medium.
Kalkandu pongal step3
  • In the mean time,roast the cashews,clove & nutmeg.Powder the nutmeg & cardamom.Add it to the pongal.Add saffron threads too.Mix well.After some time,Pongal will turn thick and start to leave the sides of cooker.Now add all the remaining ghee along with roasted cashews.Remove & let it cool.No problem if the pongal is slightly thin.It will thicken completely once its cooled down.
    • Please make sure the pongal has moisture content when u switch off. ( ie it should be slightly watery n mushy. Don’t make it very thick .) This is very important ..
    • Once it cools down,the consistency will be correct else it will  become very hard.If u feel , all the water is absorbed and if it looks dry , add little boiled milk, Mix well and switch off the flame.
Kalkandu pongal step4
Add a tsp of ghee & serve.
Enjoy !


Note

  • I have not used moong dal as per the recipe given in the book.If u wish to add,roast it in a tsp of ghee & add to rice in cooker.
  • Adjust the quantity of sugar candy as per your taste.I felt the ratio of rice & rock sugar should be 1:1.5 for perfect sweetness.U can also add 1:2 ratio if u have sweet tooth.
  • Do not compromise in the quantity of ghee.It not only makes the pongal tasty but also helps to balance the body heat developed by rock sugar.
  • My MIL usually tells us to consume moderate quantity of kalkandu pongal because over eating may upset your stomach ( ie may cause loose motion trouble).I am not sure about this.So take care and consume less.


Prepare this rich,creamy,delicious kalkandu pongal for this pongal festival and have a great celebration !
Once again, i wish u all a very happy pongal Happy
Kalkandu-pongal



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5 comments :

  1. happy pongal! this kalkandu pongal is looking so delicious. i too have wanted to try for a long time.

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  2. Happy Pongal dear. Kalkandu pongal looks very yummy.

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  3. such an tempting kalkandu pongal :) looks really so delicious , wonderful clicks chitra :)

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  4. Very good pongal. Indian food and Indian restaurant are the best.

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