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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Kalkandu Pongal | Sweet Pongal Recipe

Kalkandu Pongal
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

Kalkandu Pongal Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Dessert | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Raw Rice - 1/2 cup
Moong Dal - 2 tbsp
Kalkandu(Sugar Candy) - 1/2 cup
Boiled Milk - 1 cup
Water - 1 and 1/2 cups
Ghee - 1 to 2 tbsp
Cardamom - a pinch
Raisins - 1 tsp
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.
    How to make kalkandu pongal - Step1
  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.
    How to make kalkandu pongal - Step2
  3. Once pressure releases, open and switch it on. Add powdered sugar candy, remaining 1/2 cup milk.
    How to make kalkandu pongal - Step3
  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.
    How to make kalkandu pongal - Step4
Serve hot with a generous serving of ghee, heaven I say :)
Sweet Pongal Recipe

My Notes:

  • 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.
Sweet Pongal Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. yummy pongal I hv it in the draft also

  2. I am just tasting this pongal as prasadam which I got from nearby temple. Tasting heaven. We also prepare in the same way but won't add milk to it. Looks superb.

  3. Awesome I love kalkandu pongal....

  4. For some reason kalkandu pongal has always fascinated me... looks so tempting.

  5. I see so many posts on kalkandu bath, yours looks delicious.

  6. This sweet has such a lovely rich glaze on it! love it

  7. This sweet has such a lovely rich glaze on it.. delicious!

  8. Delicious !! Drooling clicks!!

  9. For same reason as yours, I love kalkandu sadam!!! thanks for sharing this very traditional and delicious recipe!!! Bookmarking it!!!
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  10. So Rich and delicious pongal...too tempting pics Sharmi!

  11. Even am preparing this pongal for this year's pongal celebration,but mine is going to be bit healthy as am using brown rice else its quite like yours Sharmi.

  12. Kalkandu Sadham looks excellent.
    Made ur Godhumai Halwa for the Treid and Tasted event. Came out well.

  13. Tempting clicks.Will try for this pongal.

  14. I am going to try this today. It is mouth watering and can't resist myself.

  15. A festive Authentic Dish... sweet pongal looks yumm...

  16. Super tempting kalkandu pongal. My mil makes this one. Neat clicks

  17. Gorgeous presentation and the pongal looks inviting.

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  18. This looks like a great sweet treat =)

  19. First time here, came from Priya's blog. Happy Pongal to you & yours. You have a beautiful blog and will come back again to explore.

  20. Divine recipe!!!Nice pic too Sharmi :)
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  21. hi sharmili it is delicious and easy method to prepare also it saves time!lalitha.

  22. Happy sankranti..pongal looks very festive...lovely clicks..

  23. Wow.. this looks way tempting and love this one especially since it breaks the monotony from the usual pongal that we make.

  24. yummy pongal...my MIL says sugar candy decreases heat generated in the body and one must chew during mouth ulcers....

  25. really good..tmr gonna for make it perumal thaligai...

  26. very useful really good information thanks for posting such a good information it will hepls the people a lot keep it up , Regards,
    chakkara pongal recipe

  27. Thanks U made my pongal day! :) :) Happy Pongal!

  28. Thanks, you made my Pongal Day!!!! Came out soooo good :) :) Happy Pongal :) :)

  29. whether we have to add boiled milk or plain milk


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