Kalkandu pongal

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Total Time:
30-45 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 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

How to Make Kalkandu pongal

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