Instant Pot Kalkandu Pongal
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Instant Pot Kalkandu Sadam | Kalkandu Pongal

A festival special sweet rice recipe prepared with sugar candy, rice and milk, popularly known as Kalkandu Sadam or Kalkandu Pongal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: South Indian
Keyword: Instant Pot Kalkandu Sadam
Servings: 4
Calories: 277kcal
Author: Srividhya G


  • 1 cup Rice
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1/3 cup Sugar candy
  • 2 cups Milk 1 cup +  1 cup
  • 1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Edible Camphor (a pinch)
  • 2 tsps Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cashews
  • 1 tsp Raisins
  • 1/8 tsp Saffron optional to garnish


Prep - Work:

  • Wash the rice and drain the water.
  • Powder the 1/3 cup of sugar candy into a coarse powder.


  • Add the washed rice and  2 cups of water and 1 cup of milk to the instant pot.
  • Set it in manual mode and cook for 5 minutes and let the pressure release normally.
  • Open the lid and mash the rice thoroughly. (Instead of IP, you can pressure cook rice with milk and water for up to four whistles)
  • Now set the IP in sauce mode again and add 1 cup of milk, powdered sugar candy, cardamom powder and edible camphor.
  • Mix well and let it cook until sugar candy in well incorporated. It took me about 4 minutes.
  • Turn it off or set it to warm mode.
  • Now in a separate tempering pan, heat the ghee.
  • Once the ghee is hot, add the cashews, raisins and fry until golden brown.
  • Add this to the Pongal and mix well.
  • Garnish with saffron strands and serve hot.


  • I did not add moong dal. But 2 to 3 tbsps of moong dal can be added.
  • Edible camphor is optional, but that adds amazing flavors and tastes more like kovil Pongal.
  • Adjust the sugar candy amount as per your preference. 
  • You can also add 1/4 cup of sugar candy and 1/4 cup of sugar.


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 224mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 0.5mg