Kalkandu Sadham (Rock Sugar Candy Rice)

Kalkandu Sadham

Rock Sugar Candy (Kalkandu) Rice

A delicious sweet rice!
I had a packet of kalkandu and did not know what to do with it.  I learned this recipe from a friend and tried it out. It just took me few minutes to make this rice. The rice does not turn out to be very sweet like that of a sweet pongal(the one that we make on Pongal festival) nor a plain rice. I should say it is a perfect blend of sweet pongal and a plain rice. However, if you want it to be really sweet then you can add another cup of kalkandu.
Some call this recipe as Kalkandu Pongal and rest call it as Kalkandu Rice. Kalkandu Rice will certainly be in the list of recipes that I make during festivals.
I made this recipe for an occasion in temple and people just loved it…they were very surprised to know that it was made out of kalkandu. They just loved it…Of course, I like it too…


Raw Rice (Pacharisi) – 1 cup

Milk – 1 cup

Rock Sugar Candy (Kalkandu) – 1 cup

Cardamom (Elakka) – 4 nos.

Saffron (Kunguma poo) – a pinch

Ghee – 3 tablespoons

Cashew nuts – 15 nos.

Dry grapes (Thratchai) – 15 nos.


1. Fry cashew nuts and dry grapes in one tablespoon of Ghee.

2. Cook rice with 2 cups of water and 1 cup of milk. To the boiled rice, add saffron, cardamom, and Ghee.

3. Now, add kalkandu (rock sugar candy), fried cashewnuts, and dry grapes.

Note. The rice would become watery after you add kalkandu (sugar candy). Keep boiling the rice if you do not want the rice to be watery.

4. Switch off the stove when you get the desired consistency.

Now, Rock Sugar Candy Rice is ready!!

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