Sunday, 31 August 2014

Kalkandu Sadam/Rock Sugar Candy Rice

Third Day of Ganesha Chaturthi –Kalkandu Sadam(Rock Sugar candy Rice)

Kalkandu Sadam is liked my all ages. Especially for kids it’s the yummiest food because of its milk and sugar candy. In my house, obviously my son who always loves sweets like anything.You can come across in many temples as a prasadham.Mostly they distribute in many Amman temples.


The Prasadham usually consists of the unique flavor which is very difficult to recreate at home. This Kalkandu rice is cooked with milk and lastly stirred by pure ghee and nuts.This rice is prepared mostly on festivals in southern part of TamilNadu. However, if you want it to be really sweet then you can add another cup of kalkandu. Kalkandu Rice will certainly be in the list of recipes that I make during festivals.





Prep time

Cook time


5 mins

15 mins

3 persons


Cuisine:  South India (Festive Sweet)


  • Raw rice -1/2 cup
  • Saffron(Kungumma poo) -1 tsp
  • Kalkandu(Sugar Candy)  -1/4 cup
  • Broken cashews -2 tbsp.
  • Cardamom powder – pinch
  • Milk -2 cups
  • Ghee -2 tbsp.




1. Wash the rice thoroughly and cook in pressure cooker with 2 cups of milk and saffron for 3 whistles. The rice must be cooked to the mashing consistency. Mash the rice nicely with the ladle.


2. In a pan, add ghee and fry the cashew nuts. Wait till turn golden brown.Dissolve the kalkandu with little water. The syrup will become sticky by the time it melts. No need to check for any consistency. Once it gets melt add the mashed rice immediately. Keep in low flame.


3. Mix well and sprinkle the cardamom powder.Add the cooked rice and ghee little by little. Add cardamom powder and fried nuts. Stir continuously otherwise lumps will be formed.Finally before switching off the flame, pour the remaining ghee and serve.



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.


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