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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Blogging Marathon Day 2 ~ Kalkandu Sadam


Today's 'Special Choice' post - From any other blog.

When I saw Srivalli's Kalkandu Sadam recipe more than a year ago, I was bowled over even though it was just a simple one. I think the color of the finished product and the usage of the candy / rock sugar in a recipe got me. However, I didn't have enough candy sugar at home then and could not find it locally. I had to wait till I got some from India and this remained in 'must to do' folder of my brain. I could not prepare it till today even though I got the rock sugar later.
I think no Indian needs introduction to the rock sugar or the candy sugar. Everyone in their childhood must have enjoyed this treat. My grandfather always used to carry a pack of tiny white ones in his pocket. Whenever he had sugar cravings, he would pop some into his mouth or share with us, his grandkids. For the uninitiated, this rock sugar is sweeter as the regular sugar but with a better taste. Tiny white cubes are also available but the large rock kinds are yummier. If they are not small enough to pop into your mouth, break them using a hammer or a real rock. :) The most common shades that I have seen in India are deep orange and white ones.

Rock Sugar / Candy Sugar / Kalakanda / Kallu sakkare

This recipe uses the orange shaded one and if you have white colored rock candy, you can go ahead. You will end up with an equally yummy dish, only with out the color or add some orange food color if you are particular about the hue. 
Today at my home, Gods had these yummy, creamy kalakanda pongali/ paramannam as neivedyam. If you love chakkera pongali, then this fabulous dish is for you. Replacing sugar / jaggery with rock candy in the traditional sweet pongal recipe really rocks.

Ingredients for about 6 servings:
1 cup rice
2.5 cup milk (I used full fat milk for a rich pongal)
2 cups rock / candy sugar
1 tsp cardamom powder
1 Tbsp each - ghee, cashews & raisins
A little orange / kesari food color (very optional)

Note:
1. This time I didn't use the standard American size cup but went along with a small cup I had which is a little smaller than a standard 1/2 cup size. I used the same cup for all the measurements here.
2. I used extra long grain rice instead of sona masuri. I prefer ELG rice for making pongals & bisibelebhaths for it's creamy texture. I cook it in a pressure cooker adding 1.5 cups water for each cup of rice used. Also today instead of three whistles, I let it to go till 7 -8 whistles so that the cooked rice was automatically mushy.

Method:
* Wash the rice and add 1.5 cups of milk to it and cook it in the pressure cooker till done. Or it can be done on stove top as well. If using sona masuri kind, increase the quantity of the liquid by 1/2 cup more. Half quantity of the milk can be replaced with water.
* After the valve pressure is gone, remove the rice and just mash with a ladle. It would be soft. Add a cup of more milk and combine well.
* Meanwhile, add a few Tbsp of water and the rock sugar to a sauce pan. Turn on the heat and let the rock sugar melt. To make the process faster, powdered rock sugar can be added. Melting is a lot easier than powdering it and cleaning up after the mess. :) The rock sugar batch I had was clean and so there was need to strain any impurities. Do strain if there is a need. When it starts to bubble, add the food color if using and the cardamom powder. Now combine the cooked rice and the rock sugar syrup and mix well.
* Garnish with the ghee toasted cashews and raisins. I added some pistachios and coconut as well.



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23 comments:

savitha ramesh said...

fantastic picture and wonderful saadham....loving it

Srivalli said...

Oh how wonderful I am so glad you liked it..bowl looks so pretty!

Smitha said...

the color and ur pic has truly bowled me over!....looks very tempting!

Shanavi said...

damn good pics and good recipe..

Now Serving said...

Pramadham :))

Mina Joshi said...

What a wonderful colour. I will have to bookmark this recipe.

BangaloreBaker said...

Lovely Color.

harini-jaya said...

Very interesting addition of kalakanda - btw, Kalakanda is the most preferred form of sweetener in ayurveda medicines (Kashayam etc)

Saras said...

colourful sadam looks fabulous & i love way you presented...

sowmya's creative saga said...

love the colour..looks delicious..

Usha said...

Nice color!

Santosh Bangar said...

delicious
clicks are very nice

Santosh Bangar said...

looks delicious

Minu said...

superb pic.
creamy perfection

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Very new kind of rice, never used patik-pandara for cooking rice. Love the recipe and what a beautiful presentation with that sari (I guess it is a sari), love the color.

Kalpana Sareesh said...

wonderful color will bookmark tis n prepare tis for sure..on some occasion..

Gayathri Kumar said...

Very colourful pongal..

Priya said...

Wat a catchy sweet rice, love this..

rekhas kitchen said...

Simply superb beautiful color.

Suma Gandlur said...

Thanks all.
Srivalli, Thx. Everyone at home loved it.
Priya Mitharwal, Thx. Even I like the color now though could not figure it out when my husband chose it. BTW, that's not a sari but a duppatta. :)

PJ said...

The orange shade takes the dish to another level.Very pretty clicks :)

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Kalkandu sadham looks so colorful and inviting..

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