Thursday, February 4, 2010

Kalkandu saatham

Kalkandu saatham is a dessert prepared with rice (pacharisi / unboiled raw) and rock candy. It is generally served as prasadam in many Hindu Temples along with puliyotharai and vadai. Moreover in TamilNadu, during the baby shower function (Vazhai kappu), the mother-to be's parents or brothers have to prepare 'n' number of Chithrannam / kalantha saatham / kalavai saatham (rice variety in different tastes like lemon rice , tamarind rice etc) and among them the kalkandu saatham will capture the attention of all.
Knowing this recipe will come handy if we need to make any dessert in a wink.



Ingredients:
Basmati Rice - 3/4 cup
Milk - 1 cup
Kalkandu (tamil) / sugar candy - 3/4 cup
Saffron - few strands
Cardamom - 2 pods
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Cashew - 10
raisin - 10
Nutmeg (Jathikkai in Tamil) - a pinch (or)
pachai katpuram (edible camphor) - a pinch
(I added mutmeg powder, because I had that only. But adding edible camphor is the correct version)
Water - 2 cups

Method:
Wash and drain the rice. Cook the rice with 2 cups of water and 1 cup of milk till it gets mushy.

Mash it finely while hot.

Powder the kalkandu coarsely (no need to crush the small diamond kalkandu as it will dissolve in heat)and add it to the rice along with nutmeg , saffron and powdered cardamom.

Heat the ghee in a small wok. Fry the cashew and raisins and pour on the rice.
Mix well.

Kalkandu saatham is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serve as dessert.
Mostly they serve a tbsp of this sweet along with the other variety rice during festivals.

Note:
The candy should be dissolved completely.

37 comments:

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Looks delicious Viki. I used to relish this as a kid..very very very much if you must know.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Yum,mouthwatering.....

Nithu Bala said...

Nice recipe Dear..

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Neetz said...

ummm yummyyyy :)...

Rachana Kothari said...

mmmm mouthwatering!

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thank you friends.
Nithu: Thanks for the award dear. You made my day. I will make a post of it soon.

sowmya.s said...

am surely going to try this once..i saw in srivalli's blog too..she had added a pinch of orange colour..looks good..

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Mouthwatering and delicious one, kids desirable food!!!

Priya said...

this kalkandu sadam is the best to post and to taste...u made the diff with adding jathikkai..really tempting,but not thegattifying..will try ur version soon..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovel it viki...
delicious one...

Divya Vikram said...

Kalkandu saadham is on of my favorites. Looks delicious.

Anupama said...

I have heard a lot about this kalkandu saadham, but never had I had the chance to taste this, even in temples. Yum yum!

Soma Pradhan said...

I remmebre having this once...nice cool recipe

Prathibha said...

Looks yummy...never made wid kalkandu still..

Gita said...

Nice post about where this yummy rice is served Viki...looks so tempting and delicious dear :)

Priya said...

Such a tempting dish..am ready to finish the bowl..

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy recipe dear..our favourite

Nandini said...

Ah! Sweet sadham inippu sadham! Cute dish!

AshKuku said...

Oh! persuasively tempting...... Loved the texture too.... Pic is outstanding... now wonder it is extra tempting...

Ash...
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Sushma Mallya said...

Thats a yummy sweet dish...

Asha said...

Rice pudding, so yummy. Cold or hot, it tastes great.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Anupama: I tasted it in Tirunelveli Nellaiyappar temple:) Don't know much dear, if its offered elsewhere:) But got the recipe from my friends there.

Cham said...

My mom adds a bit of color :) Great dish for festival days!

Devasena Hariharan said...

good one!

Malar said...

hmmm awesome..this is my fav

Ramya Manja said...

Bumped in here for the first time...I must say u have a lovely space....

"Kalkandu saatham" sounds delicious...Great entry and lovely click as well..

Siddhi S said...

wow viki, this rice luks very delicious, its new 2 me, thnx for the info...but realy a nice n intersting recipe...vl try sun

suvaiyaana suvai said...

looks delious!!

ARUNA said...

Looks delicious viki!

Padma said...

Looks so yummy Viki. It is one of my fav.

Sashi said...

my fav Viki. love it Viki

Devi Meyyappan said...

yuumy saadham :).. looks so delicious!!.. nice!!

Aparna said...

looks delicious..so tempting....An award is waiting for you in my blog.please collect it..:)

Cynthia said...

I love desserts with rice.

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Padhu said...

I have never tried kalkandu rice .Thanks for sharing.
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