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Akkaravadisal – A Traditional Sweet Made With Rice And Sugar Candy

Akkaravadisal is a delicious and rich dessert made with rice cooked in milk and then simmered in syrup made with sugar candy. This dessert is perfect to celebrate the special occasion or for festivals.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: South Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 324kcal


  • 1 cup Rice
  • 2 cups Kalkandu/Sugar candy
  • ¼ cup Sugar regular – ¼ cup
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1 ½ cup Water
  • 4 tablespoon Ghee/clarified butter
  • ½ teaspoon Saffron strands
  • Cashews and raisins – for garnish


  • Fry the rice in about a teaspoon of ghee until reddish in color.
  • Wash the rice well and then add the milk and water and cook it in the pressure cooker until soft and mushy. This could take a while to cook, so leave it on for at least 6 -7 whistles. Once the rice is cooked, mash it well with a masher or a wooden spoon.
  • In a heavy bottom pan, add the kalkandu, sugar and ½ cup of water. Let it come to boil and then simmer until it reaches single thread consistency syrup.
  • Now add the cooked and mashed rice to the syrup and mix well so that there are no lumps. Add about 2 tablespoon of ghee and mix well.
  • Add the saffron strands and let the akkaravadisal simmer for couple of minutes.
  • In the meantime, fry the cashews and raisins in ghee and add this to the akkaravadisal.
  • Serve hot or warm or in room temperature.


Expert Notes and FAQ's
  • Frying the rice patiently until reddish brown brings out a lot of flavor. So don't skip this step.
  • Using sugar crystals also known as kalkandu gives the dessert a very distinct flavor. We can substitute regular white sugar if the sugar candy is not available. 


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg