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Jan 13, 2014

Kalkandu Pongal / Chettinad Kalkandu Pongal / Sweet Pongal / Sugar Candy Pongal


I was little worried that i didn't post any new recipes for pongal this year. I always wanted to make something new this pongal, but somehow i couldn't find time to make. This morning when i woke up, i was stubborn to make something and guess what i made not one but two recipes for this pongal.


I saw this pongal recipe in quite a few blogs, and i wanted to try it so badly. So i gave it a shot and it came out quite good. For me it tasted like sarkarai pongal in white form. But the taste was so good, everyone loved it. And when i was shooting this, my sister brought maha. As you can see she has started grabbing things:)



Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves : 3 to 4

Ingredients:

Raw Rice / Pacharisi - 1/2 cup ( You can use any rice)
Milk - 2 cup
Kalkandu / Sugar Candy - 1/3 cup or adjust as you like
Cardamom Powder / Yelakai Podi - 1 tsp
Ghee - 1 tblspn
Cashew - 2 tblspn
Kishmish / Sultanas - 2 tblspn

Method:

Take kalkandu in a mixer and powder it finely.Set aside till use.

Take raw rice in a bowl and wash it well. Drain the water and take the rice in pressure cooker. Add milk to it, cook this for 5 whistle, simmer the flame and cook for 10 mins. Now turn off the heat and let the pressure go all by itself. Open the pressure cooker and mix the rice with a spoon.

Put this cooker back on heat and reduce the flame to a low.

Add Powdered kalkadu to the hot rice and mix well. Keep this on low flame and mix well. Cook till the mix is thick.

Now melt some ghee in a kadai and fry some cashews and sultanas.

Now add in the fried nuts and cardamom powder to the rice and mix well.

Serve hot.

Notes:

1)If you cannot find raw rice, you can use any rice you like.
2) Adjust the sweet level as you like.

Pictorial:
Take all your ingredients

This is the rice which is traditionally used, it is called as raw rice or pacharisi

Wash it well

Add to pressure cooker

Cover with milk

Pressure cook

Take kalkandu in mixer

Powder it
Now the rice is done

Add in powder kalkandu

Mix well

Melt some ghee in kadai

Heat it up

Add in cashews and sultanas

Fry them till golden

Now add cardamom powder to rice

Add the fried nuts

Mix well

Serve


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