Kalkandu (Kallusakkare) Pongal Recipe | Rice Pudding with Rock Candy
Kalkandu (Kallusakkare) Pongal is one of the varieties of Pongal offered as Naivedyam for Pongal festival and other major festivals. It is made with milk, raw rice, rock candy sugar, ghee and saffron, making a yummy offering to God or as a special dessert when you have guests at home. Try to definitely include pachai karpooram in the recipe. though the addition is optional, it oomphs up the taste of the dish.
Serve Kalkandu (Kallusakkare) Pongal Recipe | Rice Pudding with Rock Candy along with a South Indian Thali of Paruppu Podi for lunch/dinner.
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- 1/4 cup Rice
- 1 cup Milk , + 1 tablespoon
- 1/4 cup Candy Sugar
- 4 teaspoon Ghee
- 4-6 Mixed dry fruits , I used raisins and cashews
- 1 pinch Saffron strands
- 1 pinch Edible camphor (pacha karpooram) , optional but recommended
How to make Kalkandu (Kallusakkare) Pongal Recipe | Rice Pudding with Rock Candy
To prepare Kalkandu (Kallusakkare) Pongal Recipe | Rice Pudding with Rock Candy, wash and soak rice for 10 minutes and pressure cook with a cup of milk for 4-5 whistles or until cooked.
Once the pressure releases by itself, mash the rice well while still hot.
Fry the cashews and raisins in 1 teaspoon ghee till plump and golden brown, reserve.
Soak the saffron in 1 tablespoon hot milk for 10 minutes.
In a Non-stick pan, add the mashed rice and kalkandu/ Kallusakkare (the sugar will dissolve due to the heat, and don’t worry if it leaves some water in the vessel – the rice pudding recipe with thicken upon cooling), add half of the ghee, soaked saffron and mix well.
Add the pachai karpooram (edible camphor) to pongal recipe and turn off the heat.
Now add the remaining ghee if any to the Rice Pudding with Rock Candy and add the fried raisins and cashews.
Serve Kalkandu (Kallusakkare) Pongal Recipe | Rice Pudding with Rock Candy with Paruppu Podi for lunch/dinner.