Happy Tamil New Year!
The 27th year in the Tamil calender is Vijay which means success. I wish a year of success, peace, perfect health and happiness to all of you. This year, I made kalkandu bath to share with family and friends and celebrate the new year. Its been so long since I tasted this dessert and I loved how it turned out. Rock candy is a very fun ingredient to work with. The tiny mini squares, gives great pleasure to kids and is mostly offered as prasadham along with dry fruits and nuts. Reminds me of childhood when I used to wait for my uncle to finish his prayers to give us the rock candy. It was such fun biting into tiny bits of kalkandu here and there in the rice. A very simple and delicious dessert to enjoy.
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Long Grain Rice - 1 cup
Water - 2 cups
Milk - 2 cups
Rock Candy/Kalkandu - 1 1/4 cup
Ghee - 1/4 cup
Cashew Nuts - a few pieces broken to bits
Raisins - a few
Cardamom - 4 pods powdered
Edible Camphor - a tiny bit
water. In a bowl add the rice, milk and water and pressure cook on medium to 3 whistles. When the rice is ready give it a mix. Add the Candied sugar cubes and keep mix it until they all melt with the rice.
2. Heat the frying wok with ghee. Add cashew nuts, raisins and fry it until the raisins turn plump and the cashews are light brown. Add the rice to the ghee mixture and mix well.
3. Add cardamom powder and edible camphor to it.
4. Serve it hot with a drizzle of ghee.