Sunday, January 13, 2013

Kodo Millet & Rock Candy Sugar Pongal/Varagu Kalkandu Pongal

Kodo millet is well known as varagu arusi in Tamilnadu, this tiny grains are an ancient grains. I can also say that this grain is one among the forgotten grains. Actually i have already tasted this cooked millet at my grandma's home,she usually serve this cooked millet with fingerlicking fish gravy. I still remember the taste but somehow after then i never had a chance to buy or taste this healthy millet.

During my mom's last trip to India, i asked her to bring me a packet of this millet and she got me from the organic shop. Back home, i cleaned it and stored it in an air tightened box. As Pongal is tomorrow, i really wanted to share this healthy sweet pongal i prepared with this incredible tiny millet and rock candy. Rock candy are crystallized form of sugar and well as know as Kalkandu in my mother tongue, try this pongal and am sure you guys will definitely love this healthy and tasty pongal.


1/2cup Kodo millet
3tbsp Yellow moongdal
3cups Milk
1+1/2cups Rock candy sugar
1/2tsp Cardamom powder
Few cashew nuts
Few Raisins
Ghee (as per need)

Take the kodo millet, moongdal in a pressure cooker, wash it.

Add the milk, rock candy sugar to it and pressure cook for 3 whistles.

Once the steam gets released, add the cardamom powder and cook in simmer.

Finally fry the cashew nuts and raisins in enough ghee and add them to the cooked sweet pongal, give a stir.

Serve warm.

Notes:
I used pressure cooker for quick cooking, you can also cook it in a vessel but the cooking time will be bit longer.

You can also powder the rock candy sugar,but i didnt powdered them.

Increase or decrease the amount of the rock candy as per your need.

36 comments:

  1. Looks Yum Priya, I need to look whether i get them here. Very delicious and healthy!!!

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  2. yummy and healthy delicious pongal.happy pongal sis.

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  3. Wow ! All the pongals you are making are new too me. Looks delicious.

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  4. Happy Pongal to you and your family Priya...dish looks very delicious..yumm

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  5. Hmm.....yummy....this recipe is new to me...will try :-)

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  6. I can see your style of taking pics are changing, looks like you are enjoying your new camera.

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  7. Miss moms pongal...looks rich priyakka

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  8. Yummy pongal wish u n family a very happy n prosperous pongal!!!

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  9. Very different Pongal ,Should certainly try millet.

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  10. Happy Pongal Wishes Priya! This is such a healthy delight...

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  11. Whats kodo millet priya??
    whatever it may be looks yummy!

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  12. Innovative, new and surely a wonderful pongal recipe Aks, loving your presentation and clicks looks like the new camera is the reason behind it all. Happy Pongal to you and family.

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  13. Happy Pongal Priya. Pongal looks really yummy.

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  14. your presentation is really inviting dear. Very delicious and toothsome pongal.

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  15. happy pongal priya.. looks like a healthy treat :)

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  16. Happy Pongal to you and your family.
    Wonderfully prepared.
    Deepa

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  17. Very nice. Will make the normal pongal tomorrow. Will not be this healthy though.

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  18. Happy pongal Priyakka, I am going make the usual sakkarai pongal. This is healthy!

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  19. I bought and tried varagu arisi for the first time when I went to India over the summer.. loved it.. unfortunately my stock is over.... I too made pongal, sambar saadham with it.
    This sweet pongal looks fabulous.

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  20. healthy n tempting preparation dear :)

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  21. looks delicious... Happy Pongal...

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  22. Wow, so many different variations of pongal with innovative ingredients. yummy!

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  23. Wow this grain is new but the dish looks yummy.

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  24. Thanks for sharing this priya. i remember seeing it in my hometown during my childhood days. must be a healthy one.

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  25. je ne connais pas mais ça a l'air délicieux
    bonne journée

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  26. happy pongal...thx for the yummy recipe

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  27. Something different..
    I never heard about this grains..

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  28. hmmm yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy so good happy pongal dear

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  29. Love the way you try out stuff with different grains, this looks delicious..

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  30. Happy sankranti priya...pongal looks very delish..

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