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Monday, October 24, 2016

Ashoka Halwa Recipe-Thiruvaiyaru Style Asoka Halwa-Easy Diwali Sweets

Ashoka Halwa is very popular in Thiruvaiyar in Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu. This halwa is also known as "Thiruvaiyar Halwa". This halwa is commonly served in weddings in Thanjavur district. It is one of the easiest halwa recipes that even beginners can try with confidence. Enjoy making this Halwa for Diwali this year. Today we will learn how to make Ashoka halwa following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Ashoka halwa-Thiruvaiyaru Style Asoka Halwa

Ashoka Halwa

Ashoka Halwa

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 25 mins 
 Serves: 2-3
 Recipe CategoryDessert-Diwali Sweets
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Moong Dal/Pasi paruppu - 1/2 cup
   Wheat flour - 1/4 cup
   Ghee/Clarified butter - 4 tbsp
   Sugar - 1 1/2 cup
   Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
   Any food color or kesari powder - a pinch
   Cashew nuts - 6-7


Dry roast moong dal until you get a light aroma of roasted dal. Do not over roast it. You do not have to brown the dal.

Add 1 1/2 cup of water and pressure cook until soft and mushy. Mash it well. You can also blend it in the mixie/blender (once it cools a little) if the dal is not cooked to a mush.

cooked moong dal


Heat 1 1/2 tbsp of ghee and roast cashew nuts until golden brown. Remove from pan.

In the same pan, fry the wheat flour on low heat until it turns light brown and you get the aroma of roasted wheat flour.

frying cashew nuts and wheat flour separately

Once the raw smell of the wheat flour goes, add the cooked and mashed (or blended) moong dal.

Easy halwa recipe-Easy Diwali Sweets

Add sugar, mash everything well and cook on medium low heat. Once you add sugar, the mixture will become watery.

Thiruvaiyaru halwa

Add a tbsp of ghee and continue to cook, stirring continuously.  Add another tbsp of ghee after a few minutes of cooking.

Add food color or kesari powder and mix well.

ashoka halwa step by step recipe

Once it starts thickening, add the rest of the ghee, cardamom powder and cashew nuts.

Thiruvaiyaru Style Asoka Halwa

Cook stirring continuously until the halwa starts to leave the sides of the pan. Tips -The halwa should not stick to your hands once it is done.

Ashoka halwa is ready.

Asoka Halwa Recipe

Enjoy making this easy and delicious Ashoka halwa for Diwali.

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  1. Excellent dish. Came out in a fine way with good taste.

  2. thank u for this post padhu wish u very happy diwali

  3. Thanks Padhu. Your recipes are always a hit. You are my first choice when am on the look out for traditional recipes. Thank you.

  4. Hi, i would like to serve this halwa with ice cream as dessert for dinner party...What would you recommend. I can only think of vanilla...Any Recommendations...Please help

    1. Of course vanilla ice cream. It goes well with any dessert.

  5. Thank you Padhu. I have doubled the portion but used 2 cups of sugar( i still find it sweet). Reminds me of my childhood days where my grandpa gets this hot sweet and mixture from Thiruvaiyaru Aandavar Asoka stall. Thanks again for sharing this AUTHENTIC recipe

  6. Hi.... I have a query... Will this halwa become very hard after a while???

    1. It will not become hard. It will just thicken slightly.

  7. Hi I had made this sweet by this evening . The measurements were good. It came out wonderful. Thank u

  8. Hi padhu..thanks for this post...as I have artho pain..shall we do this in electric rice cooker?


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