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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Kalkandu Pongal | Pongal Festival Recipes

kalkandu pongal, sweet pongal with kalkandu
Kalkandu Pongal
The  recipe I am sharing with you all today is Kalkandu Pongal. I made this Kalkandu Pongal today to celebrate Pongal festival. This is a sweet pongal made with Kalkandu (sugar candy). It is easy to make and is yummy. I have already shared the recipe of Sakkarai Pongal here. Coming to today's recipe,

kalkandu pongal recipe, easy pongal with kalkandu
Pongal made with sugar candy/ kalkandu

Kalkandu Pongal Recipe

Sweet Pongal made with Sugar Candy (Kalkandu). Traditional Recipe for Pongal Festival.
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Yield : 2-3 servings

Ingredients :

  • Rice : 1/2 cup
  • Moong dal : 2 tablespoons
  • Water : 2 cups
  • Milk : 1 cup
  • Kalkandu (Sugar Candy) : 3/4 -1 cup
  • Cardamom : 4-5 nos.
  • Ghee : about 3 tablespoons
  • Cashews : 7-8 nos.
  • Raisins : 10-12 nos.

Instructions :

  1. In a pressure cooker, roast the moong dal till slight aroma comes and then add the washed rice and 2 cups of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  2. Then after the pressure is released, mash the rice well and add about 1 cup of milk and mix well and place the cooker on the stove and turn it on. Cook till the rice starts to thicken.
  3. In the mean time, powder the sugar candy and add it to the rice and mix well.
  4. Remove the cardamom seeds, discard the skin and powder the seeds with a tablespoon of sugar. Then add the powdered cardamom to the rice and mix well.
  5. Then fry the cashews and raisins in ghee and add it to the rice and mix well.
  6. Kalkandu pongal is ready to serve.

Notes :

  • You can make this pongal without adding milk too. In that case you can increase the water quantity by additional 1/2 cup.
  • If you are using diamond kalkandu, powdering kalkandu is optional. You can add them as is and they will melt. But powdering will speed up the process.
  • While cooking maintain the heat in low-medium only, to avoid the pongal getting burnt at the bottom.
  • For additional flavor, you can add few saffron strands and pinch of edible camphor too.
    kalkandu pongal recipe
    Sweet pongal


  1. Nice clicks.super delicious.Happy Pongal.

  2. Looks so nice. I too made it last week but couldn't post it :)

  3. Happy pongal aks... very delicious and yummy pongal with festive mood...

  4. I like the change of rock sugar for this delicious dish.

  5. Very delicious and beautifully made kalkandu pongal...

  6. Iniya pongal nal vaazhthukkal. pongal looks too tempting.

  7. I too like to add Milk to my sweet pongal...delicious Pongal but i love pongal with jaggery more than this one :)
    may be next time will try for blog sake ;)

  8. Super tempting and delicious pongal...

  9. pongal wishes to you dear, tempting kalkandu pongal!!!

  10. happy maatu pongal dear :) pongal just looks so yummy , i feel like garbing that bowl full of delicious pongal right away and finish them :)

  11. Happy Pongal dear......looks awesome and droolworthy....

  12. I am yet to try this pongal, looks very delicious..

  13. Awesome pongal da looks so inviting and I have never tasted it :) coming soon will try

  14. Lovely presentation.. great job :)

  15. Beautiful looking bowl of pongal :) Hope you had a great pongal.


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