kalkandu Pongal


Today being Mattu Pongal I prepared Kalkandu pongal, Puliyodarai, Coconut Rice , Bagala bath and Aviyal. Usually my Amma prepares Vella Sadam for Mattu Pongal, but last week while arranging my pantry I saw a packet of Kalkandu and that day itself I decided to do Kalkandu Pongal. My LO liked this pongal more than Sakkarai pongal.

Usually during Maatu Pongal Amma wakes us (myself and sis) early morning for keeping Kanu. In our patio we keep kanu. For kanu in sugarcane leaf we arrange pieces of sugarcane,  sakkarai pongal, kumkum rice, turmeric rice and curd rice alternatively in small portion, and say “Kakkapidi vachen kannupidi vachen kakkaikellam kalyanum” . It was so fun doing this.  Now a days as I couldn’t find sugarcane around, my kannu missing sugarcane and our sister time

Back to back pongal post am I crazy, while drafting this I have lots of second thought then I thought when I can eat Pongal for two days continuously why can’t my blog have 2 continuous pongal post;-)

Kalkandu Pongal

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 3


Raw Rice – 1/2 cup, washed and rinced

Milk – 2 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Kalkandu / Sugar Candy – 1/2 cup (Adjust according to your sweetness)

Cardamom Powder – 1/8 tsp

Ghee – 3 tbsp

Cashewnut and Raisin – for taste

Salt – a pinch



  • In a pressure cooker add 1 tbsp of butter/ghee add rice, 1 cup + 1/2 cup of milk and water and cook for 3 whistles. Switch off and when the pressure release naturally mush it up a ladle


  • Add the kalkandu and salt; close the lid and leave it for 10 minutes (Sugar candy will start melting in the warm condition)


  • Add 1/2 cup of milk and switch on the stove cook till the kalkandu is completely melted and pongal is in scoop able consistency
  • In a pan add 1 tbsp of ghee and add cashew and cook till they are golden brown. Add raisin and switch off the flame. Add cashew, raisin, cardamom powder and remaining ghee; mix well



My Notes:

  • Instead of adding whole kalkandu can also powder them and add it
  • I prefer my pongal in smooth mushy texture, mush pongal according to the texture you desire
  • 2 tbsp of Moong dal can be added and coked with rice
  • Edible camphor, nutmeg and clove can be added for flavour
  • You can add half sugar and half sugar candy
  • Milk gives cream texture to the pongal. Instead of milk water can be used
  • Instead of rice, oats/cracked wheat/quinoa can also be used
  • Instead of pressure cooker vengala pannai (traditional method) can also be used

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26 thoughts on “kalkandu Pongal

  1. sindhoooo January 21, 2015 at 4:44 AM Reply

    Ha haa 😀 Definitely we enjoy reading consecutive delicious Pongal recipes too 😀 In fact, I am drooling! Even I didn’t know about sugar candy pongal. Thank you Vidya 🙂
    TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  2. sathyapriya January 19, 2015 at 5:37 PM Reply

    I knew the story of kannu because of my college friend ..we really miss it here 😦 I am a fan of this pongal..We usually do with large kalkand ..

  3. JayanthiSindhiya January 19, 2015 at 4:32 AM Reply

    Lovely pongal

  4. Shobha Rawal January 18, 2015 at 4:33 AM Reply

    love this sweet version of pongal ………..surely try it.

  5. Amanda January 18, 2015 at 12:39 AM Reply

    This is seriously all my favorite things in one bowl. Yum!

  6. Sadhna Grover January 17, 2015 at 11:47 PM Reply

    Wow, this is new recipe for me, Thanks for sharing.

  7. apuginthekitchen January 17, 2015 at 6:41 PM Reply

    This is yummy, are you talking about rock candy when you say sugar candy? Love this!!

    • Traditionally Modern Food January 19, 2015 at 3:23 PM Reply

      We get rock candy in small square crystals Suzanne and in India we address them as “Sugar Candy”. In US we get many form of candy and now after seeing your comment now I realize I should have specified:-) thanks for asking Suzanne

  8. coconutcraze January 16, 2015 at 2:35 PM Reply

    Don’t tempt me with this pongal! I am seriously trying to lose a few pounds this year! Looks delicious!

  9. Malar January 16, 2015 at 11:15 AM Reply

    Lovely Vidya, never knew this story for kannu pongal 🙂 we just make ven pongal on maatu pongal and try to find a komadha and serve..that is all…this is very interesting and kalkandu pongal looks super awesome 🙂

  10. Loretta January 16, 2015 at 8:21 AM Reply

    It’s interesting to learn all the various customs and foods from India, your pongal looks delicious. 🙂

  11. srividhya January 16, 2015 at 7:23 AM Reply

    I get karumbu here but this time didn’t do elaborately. Nice kalkandu saadam.

  12. Chitra Jagadish January 16, 2015 at 3:56 AM Reply

    Never tried pongal using sugar candy. ..sounds and looks yummmm. …

  13. Charanya January 16, 2015 at 1:09 AM Reply

    Never heard of it before ❤ Sounds yum Vidz : )

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