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.
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
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.
Kalkandu saatham is ready!
Serve as dessert.
Mostly they serve a tbsp of this sweet along with the other variety rice during festivals.
The candy should be dissolved completely.