Kalkandu pongal (Kalkandu Sadam) - The name itself makes my mouth water... I love anything sweet and sakkarai pongal is my fav so was bowled out by the idea of making pongal using sugar candy(kalkandu)....And yes it turned out very delicious.The recipe is almost same as milk pongal excluding sugar candy.
Kalkandu Pongal Recipe - IngredientsServes: 1Cooking Time: 20 mins
Raw Rice - 1/2 cup
Moong Dal - 2 tbsp
Kalkandu(Sugar Candy) - 1/2 cup
Milk - 1 cup
Water - 1 and 1/2 cups
Ghee - 1 to 2 tbsp
Cardamom - a pinch
Raisins - 1 tspa pinch
Cashewnuts - 2 tsp broken
1.Take candy sugar(kalkandu) in a mixer and grind it a fine powder - this step is optional, you can even add it as such. Fry the cashews and raisins in ghee, set aside.2.Dry roast moong dal for few mins until nice aroma rises and it is golden brown in color.Rinse rice and add it along with roasted moong dal in a pressure cooker. Add 1 and 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup milk and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles in medium low flame.
3.Once pressure releases, open and switch it on. Add powdered sugar candy, remaining 1/2 cup milk.
4.Mash it well with a laddle till the rice is mashed up. Add ghee and keep stirring for 5mins. Then add elachi powder, ghee fried cashews and raisins.Switch it off.
Serve hot with a generous serving of ghee, heaven I say :)
- You can add the sugar candy as such itself without powdering, it just melts when heated up.
- The sweetness was just right for us may be if you like ur pongal to be more sweet add 1 cup sugar instead of 1/2 cup.
- Amma says adding milk is optional, but sure gives a richness and creaminess to the pongal.