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Kalkandu Pongal | Rock Candy Sweet pongal

Kalkandu pongal, a rice based sweet made with rock candy. It is made especially on Pongal or Makar Sankaranti day.
Course Dessert, Festival
Cuisine Asian, Indian, South-Indian
Keyword Festival recipe, How to make pongal, How to make sweet pongal, Pongal recipe, rock candy sweet, Sweet pongal recipe, Traditional recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • Pressure cooker


  • ½ cup raw rice festive offerings are always done with raw rice
  • 2 tbsp moong dal
  • 2 tbsp chana dal
  • 1 cup milk use plant-based milk, for vegan option
  • 1.5 cups water
  • ½ cup rock sugar
  • 4 nos cardamom
  • 1 no clove
  • 2 tbsp ghee use vegan options, for vegan
  • 3 tbsp broken cashewnuts
  • 1 tbsp raisins


  • Take rice and dal together and wash it well withrunning water. I know they normally dry roast the rice, but since these days,it goes through various stages of processing, i didn't want to take risk, so washed the rice, instead of dry roasting
  • Take the washed rice and dal  in a pressure pan, add 1 cup of milk and 1.5 cups of water and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles. I didn't cook directly in the pressure cooker, this will cause the liquid to squirt out thru the whistle, so place the rice and dal in a separate vessel and place it in the pressure cooker.
  • While the rice is cooking, take rock sugar along with cardamom pods and cloves in a mixie and powder it well.
  • Let the pressure release on its own. Heat a pan,add the cooked rice and dal to it and add the powdered sugar candy and mixwell. The mixture will release water, add 2 tbsp of ghee to it and mix well.Let it cook until the sugar is absorbed well and the mixture thickens
  • Be careful and be near the stove, stir frequently. After 10-12 minutes, take it off the stove.
  • Roast the cashewnuts and raisin in ghee and add it to the pongal. Serve warm.