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Kalkandu pongal

Kalkandu pongal is a popular Indian Dessert
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Family Friendly
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Slow Cook
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Serves 4


1 cup raw Rice

4 cups Milk

2 cups kalkandu (rock candy/crystallized sugar) or adjust to your taste

2 pods Cardamom

a pinch of edible Camphor (pacha karpooram)

10 Cashew nuts

1 tbsp Raisin

4 tbsp Ghee


  1. Wash rice. Drain water.
  2. Roast with one tsp of ghee for a few minutes on medium flame.
  3. Transfer rice from pan to a thick-bottomed deep vessel. Add milk.
  4. Cook rice on medium flame.
  5. Once cooked, add kalkandu, cardamom and edible camphor.
  6. Keep stirring the contents till the kalkandu has dissolved completely.
  7. Add ghee and mix the contents well.
  8. Garnish with ghee-fried cashew and raisin.
  9. Serve warm with a dollop of ghee.
  10. Recipe and Image courtesy: Nithu's Kitchen
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