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Kalkandu Pongal with Caramel Disc

Kalkandu Pongal is a rich, creamy and smooth rice recipe that is sweetened with sugar candies and is garnished with caramel discs.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 5 persons
Author sushma iyer


Kalkandu Pongal

  • 1 cup Rice
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 cup Milk (Refer Notes)
  • 1 + 1/4 cups Sugar Candies or Kalkandu
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • pinch of saffron

For Caramel Disc

  • 1/4 cups Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 2 tbsp Mixed Nuts, chopped
  • cookie cutters


  • In a pressure cooker, add in the rice and water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles until rice is mushy.
  • Let the pressure subside, open the lid mash it with the back of the ladle and put it back on flame.
  • Add the milk and mix well. If you find the consistency to be thick add some more milk and cook well. About 3-4 mins.
  • Switch of the gas and add kalkandu or sugar candies. Mix to melt the sugar and mix well.
  • Finally add in the ghee, cardamom and saffron. Mix well. Our Kalandu Pongal is ready.

Caramel Disc

  • Heat up sugar and water until it turns golden brown. Stir in the nuts and immediately transfer it onto a silicon sheet.
  • Spread it out wait for 40-50 sec and using a cookie cutter press it on caramel to create roundels.
  • Let is cool completely and you will be able to remove the disc easily,

To Assemble

  • In a glass add in 3-4 tbsp pongal, place a disc on top and garnish it with rose petals and saffron.
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