Festival Recipes, Pongal

Kalkandu Pongal | கல்கண்டு பொங்கல் | Pongal Recipes | Rock Candy Milk & Rice Pudding

Kalkandu Pongal is one of
the varieties of Pongal offered as Naivedyam for Pongal festivaland other major
festivals at home. In addition to this we offer Chakkarai Pongal (ver 1 and ver2), Ven Pongal, Thirukannamudhu, Akkaravadisal and Ezhu Kari kootuduring the 5 days of pongal. 


Today’s version is with Kalkandu (or candy sugar aka Mishri or KhaDi Shakkar in Hindi / Marathi) and we prefer a mild
sweetness and therefore used it sparingly. You can increase the sugar
proportion accordingly. 

Sending this to Festival Recipes after yesterday’s
Milagu Vadai (Anjaneyar Kovil Vadai)as part of BM 60.


Kalkandu Pongal – Offering to God for Pongal Festivals

(Candy Sugar – Rice Pudding cooked in milk and topped with

Prep time :15 mins . cook time : 15 mins. Serves
: 2

You would need:

  • Raw rice – ¼ cup (I used
    Pongal rice)
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Kalkandu (Candy Sugar) –
    1/4 cup
  • Ghee – 4 tsp
  • Raisins and cashewnuts –
    4-6 each
  • Saffron – a pinch
  • Pachaikarpooram (edible
    camphor) – a teeny weeny pinch – optional, but recommended 



  1. Wash and soak rice for 10
    mins, pressure cook with the milk for 4-5 whistles.
  2. Once the pressure releases,
    mash the rice while still hot.
  3. Fry the cashews and raisins
    in 1 tsp ghee till plump and golden brown, reserve.
  4. Soak the saffron in 1 TBSP
    hot milk for 10 mins.
  5. In a non stick pan, add the
    mashed rice and kalkandu (the sugar will dissolve due to the heat, and don’t
    worry if it leaves some water in the vessel – the dish with thicken upon
    cooling), add half of the ghee , saffron and mix well.
  6. Add the pachai karpooram
    and turn off the heat.
  7. Now add the remaining ghee
    if any and the fried raisins and cashews
  8. Offer to God as Naivedyam
    and serve warm




  1. cookingwithsapana

    Pongal looks so tasty Kalyani.

  2. Priya Suresh

    Wow, again my favourite, you are tempting me Kalyani..

  3. Drooling here. Awesome. Happy Pongal

  4. Such a creamy and delicious looking pongal made with kalkandu.

  5. I have heard about this many times, but never had it before. Looks good!

  6. Chef Mireille

    Happy Pongal to you – I hve made this version also for previous BM theme – another loved version – I don't think I've tasted a version of rice pudding or pongal I didnt like 🙂

  7. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    Looks so delicious. We also call it Akkaravadisal and it is my favorite.

  8. Gayathri Kumar

    Kalkandu pongal looks so inviting Kalyani..

  9. I loved this kalkandu pongal when I made it.

  10. Suma Gandlur

    I love every variety of Pongal out there and your bowl of Pongal looks delicious.

  11. Varada's Kitchen

    Looks creamy and delicious.

  12. Book markpanniten. Looks so delicious Kal!!

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