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Moong Dal Halwa | Moong Ka Halwa
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Moong Dal Halwa | Moong Ka Halwa

Moong dal halwa is an indulgent indian dessert renowned for its rich, creamy texture and irresistible flavors. Originating from the northern regions of india, this sweet treat is traditionally prepared during festivals, celebratory occasions, and special gatherings. Each spoonful of this halwa offers a harmonious blend of flavors - the richness of ghee, the warmth of cardamom, the sweetness of sugar, and the crunch of toasted nuts.

The main ingredient of this dessert is moong dal, which is yellow split lentils. These lentils are soaked, ground into a coarse paste, and then slow-cooked in ghee (clarified butter) until they transform into a golden-brown hue, releasing a delightful nutty aroma. The slow cooking process is key to achieving the perfect consistency and taste, resulting in a melt-in-your-mouth experience.

The cooked dal paste is sweetened with sugar syrup, infused with aromatic cardamom, and often garnished with a variety of nuts like almonds, cashews, and pistachios. Though moong dal halwa requires patience and skill in its preparation, but it is totally worth it. Its sumptuous taste and luxurious texture make it a beloved dish that delights taste buds and brings joy to everyone.

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Easy Moong Dal Halwa Recipe

  • 1 cup yellow split moong dal.
  • 1 cup sugar.
  • 1 cup ghee (clarified butter).
  • 1 cup milk.
  • 3/4 cup water.
  • 1 table spoon samolina (suji).
  • 1 table spoon gram flour (besan).
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder.
  • Chopped nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios) for garnish.
  • Few saffron strands (optional).
 

How to make Easy Moong Dal Halwa

  1. Step-1

    Rinse the moong dal under running water until the water runs clear. Soak the dal in enough water for 3-4 hours.

    Step 1 - Rinse the moong dal under running water until the water runs clear. Soak the dal in enough water for 3-4 hours.

  2. Step-2

    After soaking, drain the water and grind the soaked moong dal into a coarse paste without adding much water. You can use a food processor or a blender for this.

    Step 2 - After soaking, drain the water and grind the soaked moong dal into a coarse paste without adding much water. You can use a food processor or a blender for this.

  3. Step-3

    In another pan, add sugar and water and bring it to a boil. Add cardamom and saffron for flavour. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely. Keep this sugar syrup aside and keep it warm.

    Step 3 - In another pan, add sugar and water and bring it to a boil. Add cardamom and saffron for flavour. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely. Keep this sugar syrup aside and keep it warm.

  4. Step-4

    Heat a heavy-bottomed pan or preferably a non-stick pan and add ghee to it.

    Step 4 - Heat a heavy-bottomed pan or preferably a non-stick pan and add ghee to it.

  5. Step-5

    Once the ghee is melted, add the semolina and gram flour and roaster a minute.

    Step 5 - Once the ghee is melted, add the semolina and gram flour and roaster a minute.

  6. Step-6

    After that add the ground moong dal paste.

    Step 6 - After that add the ground moong dal paste.

  7. Step-7

    Cook the moong dal paste on low to medium heat, stirring continuously to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. This process will take some time (around15-25 minutes) as you need to cook the dal until it changes color to a golden brown and emits a pleasant aroma.

    Step 7 - Cook the moong dal paste on low to medium heat, stirring continuously to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. This process will take some time (around15-25 minutes) as you need to cook the dal until it changes color to a golden brown and emits a pleasant aroma.

  8. Step-8

    Once the moong dal paste turns golden brown and you can smell a nutty aroma, slowly add the milk to it and stir well. Be careful as it might splutter.

    Step 8 - Once the moong dal paste turns golden brown and you can smell a nutty aroma, slowly add the milk to it and stir well. Be careful as it might splutter.

  9. Step-9

    Once the milk is absorbed add the warm sugar syrup to the dal mixture. Stir well to combine the dal paste with the sugar syrup.

    Step 9 - Once the milk is absorbed add the warm sugar syrup to the dal mixture. Stir well to combine the dal paste with the sugar syrup.

  10. Step-10

    Cook the mixture while stirring continuously until it thickens and starts to leave the sides of the pan.

    Step 10 - Cook the mixture while stirring continuously until it thickens and starts to leave the sides of the pan.

  11. Step-11

    Garnish the moong dal halwa with the roasted nuts and saffron strands. Serve the warm moong dal halwa and enjoy this delightful indian dessert.

    Step 11 - Garnish the moong dal halwa with the roasted nuts and saffron strands. Serve the warm moong dal halwa and enjoy this delightful indian dessert.

 

Notes: 

  • Do not soak the dal for more than four hours.
  • To reduce the cooking time you can remove the excess water from dal paste by putting it in to a fine cloth and squeezing the extra water, though it is totally optional but saves your time and energy. See the video to understand the process better.
  • Keep the flame to medium while roasting the dal to avoid lumps.
  • Remember, making moong dal halwa requires patience, especially during roasting the dal paste.
  • You can also add some khoya or mava towards the end to make the halwa richer in taste. If you add it make sure to adjust the sugar accordingly.
 

 

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