Friday, October 14, 2016

Moong Dal Halwa-Rajasthani Moong Dal Ka Halwa Recipe Step by Step

Moong dal halwa is a classic dessert from the state of Rajasthan. It is made using split yellow lentils, ghee, sugar and nuts. It can be made for all special occasions and festivals like Diwali. Learn to make delicious Moong dal halwa following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Moong Dal Halwa

  Moong Dal Halwa

Moong Dal Halwa

 Prep Time : 10 mins (excluding soaking time)
 Cook Time : 40 mins 
 Recipe CategoryDessert
 Recipe CuisineRajasthan

   Ingredients needed

   Split yellow moong dal - 1/2 cup
   Ghee/clarified butter - 6 tbsp

   Sugar - 3/4 cup
   Water - 1 1/2 cup
   Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
   Saffron - 4-5 strands

   For Garnishing

   Pistachios - 6-7
   Almonds - 5-6


Wash and soak split yellow moong dal for 3 hours.

Drain the water completely and grind it to a slightly coarse paste without water. If your blender does not budge, add just around 1 tbsp of water.

soaked and drained split yellow moong dal

Heat 1 1/2 cups of water in a pan. Add sugar and stir. Once sugar dissolves, turn off the heat. You do not have to make any sugar syrup. Add cardamom powder and saffron strands to the sugar water. Keep it aside.

how to prepare moong dal halwa


In a non stick pan, warm 5 tbsp of ghee, turn off the heat. Add the moong dal paste and mix well.

Then turn on the heat and cook the moong dal paste on medium heat stirring continuously.

sauteing moong dal paste

Break lumps if any and cook the moong dal paste on medium low heat stirring continuously until it turn crumbly and light brown. It will take around 20 minutes. You need lot of patience for this as you have to keep stirring it all the time.

moong dal halwa recipe

Then add the sugar water, mix well and cook covered stirring from time to time.

Rajasthani Moong Dal Ka Halwa

Once it thickens, add another tbsp of ghee and cook further on low heat, stirring in between.

Moong Dal Ka Halwa Recipe Step by Step

Cook until it starts to leave the sides of the pan (right picture below).

Garnish with slivered almonds and pistashios. Serve warm.

Rajasthani Moong Dal Ka Halwa Recipe

Enjoy making delicious Moong dal halwa this Diwali.

Variations - To make it more rich, you can add milk instead of water. You can also add a little sugar less khoya.

Note - It is preferable to use non stick pan to prevent the dal from sticking to the pan.

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  1. Is ashoka halwa similar to moong dal halwa?

    1. There is difference. In Asoka halwa, they add wheat flour and cook moong dal.

  2. Instead of cooking the dal on pan, can we cook it in the pressure cooker?


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