Thursday, 6 May 2010

Kalkandu sadham / Ksheeranam


This is a sweet dish which will conquer your taste buds. My mom  never prepared it at home. I tasted this dish in temples and in some marriage feasts.  Rice, ghee, milk and sugar candy (kalkandu).....should I say more about this combo :). They call this dish as ksheeranam too.  I made it for this tamil new year.  We all loved it. Hope you will love it too.

Ingredients :

Rice- 11/2 cup
Water- 5 cups
Milk- 2 cups
Sugar candy (kalkandu)- 11/2 cup (increase or decrease according to your taste)
Salt- a pinch
Cardamom- 5 nos ( powdered)
Cloves- 4 nos
Cashew nuts- 1/2 cup
Raisins- 2 tbspns
Cinnamon powder or nutmeg powder - few pinches (normally they use edible camphor (pachai karpooram) in this dish, it definitely enhances the flavour)
Ghee- 4 tbspns

Method :

Cook rice with 5 cups of water and mash it.  Now take a pan. Heat milk. Add the powdered cardamom, cloves, a pinch of salt and sugar candy to the milk. Bring it to boil. Now add the mashed rice to the milk and stir continuously until the mixture thickens. Now add 4 tbspn of ghee and cinnamon powder  or nutmeg powder and mix well. Garnish with cashews and raisins roasted in ghee. A very tasty desert will be ready to be served.

Taste enhancing tips for this recipe : Use pachai karpooram if available. The kalkandu should dissolve completely. Normally it dissolves quickly due to the heat. You can also add a pinch of saffron in milk bu you will not get the traditional white colour of this dish. Happy cooking !!!

19 comments:

  1. manju..
    really delicious one..mom used to prepare this but recipe is quite different.Kalkandam is my favorite i love to have it as a candy..good one..

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  2. I have heard about this kalkandu rice..Should try it.

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  3. Mouth watering dessert. Never tried with sugar candy. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. wow this looks yum, love any sweet dish

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  5. Kalkandu saadham super ah seithurukkeenga Manju,,intha saadham en amma vishesha naalla saamikku prasadhama seivanga antha naal mattum special la taste ah irukkum ella prasadham amum athula intha saadhamum onnu... nalla presentation well illustration recipe paa..

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  6. WOW....we call this dessert kheer...usually on some festive occasion's my mom use to prepare this delicacy...it looks so delicious...YUMMY!!!!...btw, thanks for ur kind words and visiting my blog...tk care dearie.

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  7. Woww my all time favourite, its one of my mom's signature dish, its has been ages i prepared them..I can understand ur frustration for some of my fusion dishes:)..i love to combine and try to prepare as my mind go for sometime..Love ur way of cooking yaar..

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  8. Manju
    Kalkandu saddham super, amma used to make during festivals. Nice one i love it.

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  9. what can we use if we dont have this sugar ccandy?????

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  10. Sayali you will get sugar candy in the baking section...if you do not have use sugar :)

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  11. Manju, you have a wonderful blog with good lot of recipes. I should say, you have a great patience thou. Really enjoyed the time and my mouth is still watering :-)

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  12. This looks alittle bit like rice kheer.lovely creamy dish.

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  13. Kalkandu rice is amazing esp when you get it in dhonai from temples.

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  14. Really delicious.. do visit my space whenever.. following you.

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  15. Simple and delicious dessert.

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  16. Simple and delicious dessert.

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  17. I am also a big fan of this sweet rice...yours looks superb and delicious :)

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