A never fail sweet treat to all south Indians is the “chakkara Pongal.” But, a bit more subtle version of the same is the one using rock sugar, kalkand Pongal.
The best form of kalkandPongal is the one have tasted is from the Vishnu temples. What I perfectly love about the recipe is the fact that the lingering taste of the theertham (holy water) with added pachai kalpooram followed by the warm kalkand Pongal ( rock sugar) on banana leaves feels so divine.
The combination of the creamy rice with the dal with the mild sweetness from the crystalline rock sugar makes a treat for sure.
Is rock sugar better than Sugar?
Rock sugar doesn’t stand very far from the regular white sugar. rock sugar is nothing but crystalline sugar, some may be purified and pure white crystals or rock, some coloured orange and some unpurified. being bigger crystals they seem less sweet than sugar but are anyway sucrose.
Hence I wouldn’t highly advocate this as a healthy recipe. But the recipe surfaces more as divine feeling one.
When I made this recipe recently, I revamped the earlier pic for better-lighted one. Hope you enjoy the new look too.
Enjoy the recipe
Here are a few more recipes which are traditional sweets from south India
If you are looking for more of the Pongal celebrations, here is a good read
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