Kalkandu pongal (sugar candy pongal) is one of my hubby’s favorite sweet,I make this now and then,so thought of posting here... Sorry for the too 'close up' shots in step wise as I clicked with a zoom lens:( My mom make sakkarai pongal often, but MIL makes this often, sometimes for special occasions, sometimes, in ordinary days too! I have added half kalkandu and half sugar as they say too much of kalkandu may not suit some people.
My hubby never likes elachi, cashewnuts or raisins in any of the sweets, so I never add too. Just garnished for photo sake ;) I have not added saffron and edible camphor too, but it adds a real nice flavour. You can use milk in place of water too for richness.