Still i cant believe that my blog has completed two years of journey in this vast blogging world. Special thanks to all my friends and readers who supported me in each and every step and made this possible.
I wanted to try a special recipe to celebrate this day, but due to shortage of time i couldn’t do it. Even my hubby dear asked me to prepare something later and post it on some other day, but i wanted to post on the same day i started this blog. As Pongal is nearing, i thought to post Sweet Pongal recipe which will be easy to prepare and style. I have already posted Jaggery Pongal. But i never tried Kalkandu Pongal.
Two months back, we went to attend Baby Shower function in Erode where they served this kalkandu pongal. I got the recipe from my MIL for trying it on the day of Pongal festival. But it has helped me now 🙂 Kalkandu and Sakkarai Pongal are somewhat similar in taste. I have used pressure cooker here to make the process simple. But on the day of Pongal festival, i try to not use cooker and prepare pongal either with mud pot or any deep bottomed vessel which is the traditional way. Lets check the recipe,
Overall time : 20-25 mins
- 1/2 cup raw rice (pachha arisi)
- 1/4 cup siru paruppu (split yellow gram / moong dal)
- 1/2 cup kalkandu (sugar candy)
- 2 and 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp cardamom powder
- 1 or 2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
- cashews and raisin – to garnish
- Wash rice and dal. Drain the water completely. Add rice, dal, kalkandu, cardamom powder and water in pressure cooker. Close the lid and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles on medium flame.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Open the lid and mash pongal with the back of a ladle or use a paav bhaji masher.
- Roast cashews and raisin in ghee and add this to pongal. Mix well everything. The pongal will be sticky and if it is still watery then you can cook it for few mins till water is absorbed. Serve this hot or cold.
- You can also grind kalkandu and add it to pongal, but adding as it is will also help and kalkandu melts soon. You can also try adding sugar instead of kalkandu.
- I have not added milk to pongal, but if you want to try then add 2 cup water and 1/2 cup milk.
- For vegan version, replace milk with coconut milk if using and also replace ghee with vegetable oil.