Sunday, January 11, 2015

Kalkandu Pongal | Sweet Pongal using Sugar Candy | Pongal Recipes

I have already posted 2 versions of sakkarai pongal. You can check it here and here. When I was thinking about sweet pongal recipe for this Pongal, this recipe comes to mind. I saw this pongal in some of the other blogs and I wanted to give it a try. It turned out so yummy and Happy loved it. This is very simple and easy to make recipe, which you can try for this pongal. Let's see the step-by-step preparation:
Kalkandu(Sugar Candy) - 1/2 cup
Raw Rice - 1/2 cup
Moong Dal - 2 tbsp
Boiled Milk - 1 cup
Water - 1 and 1/2 cups
Ghee - 1 to 2 tbsp
Cardamom - 1/4 tsp
Cashewnuts - few
Raisins - few
1. Powder the kalkandu in a mixer and keep it aside. Dry roast the moong dal in a pan until nice aroma comes.
2. Wash the rice, roasted moong dal and add it to the pressure cooker. Add 1 and 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 cup milk and pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles until soft.
3. Once the pressure releases, mash the rice and dal. Switch on the flame. Now add the powdered jaggery and remaining milk. Add the cardamom powder and ghee. Stir it well in low flame for 2 to 4 mins.
4. In a pan, add the ghee and roast the cashews and raisins. Add it to the pongal along with the ghee. Switch off the flame.
Serve the yummy pongal when it is hot and it tastes divine.
Points to remember:
  • Adjust the sugar candy according to your sweet preference. It is optional to powder the kalkandu.
  • Adding milk gives creamy pongal, so don't skip it.
Warm Regards,
Happy's Cook - Divya

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