Thursday, 6 May 2010
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.
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
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 !!!