419: Kalkandu Sadam/ Rock Sugar candy Rice

Festivity always ushers in a variety of lip smacking traditional goodies. This
Kalkandu satham is generally served as Prasadam in many Vishnu temples along with puliyotharai. And what better can you enjoy other than steamy sweet Kalkandu Sadam dripping with ghee and served on a plantain leaf.


Basmati Rice                                  1 cup
Moong dhal                                    1 tbsp.
Whole milk                                     2 cup
Water                                            1 cup
Powdered Sugar candy                      1 ¼ cup
Saffron                                           a pinch
Crushed Elachi powder                      1 tbsp.
Crushed cloves                                ¼ tsp.
Nutmeg powder                               a pinch
pachai katpuram (edible camphor) -    a pinch
Ghee                                              2 tbsp.
Cashews & Raisins                           2 tbsp. 

  • Wash the rice and dhal  and drain it.
  • Cook the rice with milk, water,1 tsp of crushed elachi and saffron till it get mushy. Mash it finely while it hot. Keep aside.
  • Take a pan add  2 tbsp. of water with powdered sugar candy. Make a little thick syrup of the rock candy and add it to the cooked rice.
  • Add crushed cardamom, cloves, pachai katpuram,netmeg powder to the rice mixture. Cook the rice for some more minute.
  • After the rice is cooked, fry the cashew and raisins in ghee and added to the rice.
  • Kalkandu Sadam is ready. Served hot.


  • Kalkandu Sadam is usually served hot and tastes very good. When cooled it tends to become dry.·
  • You can reduce or add the sugar as per your individual taste.