I wanted to try something special for this Sankranthi and found the recipe for Kalkandu (rock sugar/sugar candy) pongal in Kumudham Snegidhi Jan 2011 issue. The recipe was simple and delicious. I adapted the recipe and tweaked it slightly to suit our taste. Kalkandu pongal came out very well and we enjoyed the luscious dessert.
Rice: 1 cup
Water: 2.5 cups
Milk: 4 cups
Saffron: few strands
Kalkandu (rock sugar) powder: 1.5 cups
Cardamom powder: 1/2 tsp
Ghee: 2 tbsps
Nutmeg powder: a pinch (optional)
Note: I have used basmati rice in this recipe. I generally use 2.5 cups of water with one cup of basmati rice to make sweet pongal. If you prefer soft and mushy type pongal then you may use 2.75 cups of water. I have used diamond kalkandu (shown in the picture above) in this recipe.
- Wash and clean rice.
- Add water to rice and cook it in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles.
- Meanwhile add saffron to milk and allow it to boil.
- Keep stirring till it thickens (or till the milk reduces to half its quantity)
- Add the cooked rice and keep stirring.
- Simmer the stove and allow rice to cook in milk for 5-7 mins.
- Add powdered kalkandu and mix thoroughly.
- Remove the pongal from stove top and add cardamom – nutmeg powder.
- Heat ghee and fry cashews.
- Add the ghee and cashews to Kalkandu pongal and mix well.
- Serve hot/cold.
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