Moong Dal ka Halwa

Moong Dal ka Halwa

Another rich yet lip smacking winter dessert of Rajasthan- Moong Dal ka Halwa. Desserts after a meal always has a special place in Indian cuisine. So to complete a perfect meal try out this royal halwa – every spoon you eat you crave for more, it tastes so divine. This distinctively Rajasthani Moong dal ka halwa is prepared with moong dal simmered in milk and garnished with eliachi powder and silvered almonds.

Traditionally Moong Dal ka Halwa is prepared with green split moong dal. Surprised ! Even I was when my Mom in law made this dessert for me few years back. She did everything the traditional way – she soaked the dal then washed it for unlimited period of time by rubbing the grains in between her palms, till it was fully de-skinned (skin removed from the soaked dal). Then she used her sil-batta (Indian hand grinder made of stone) and manually grinded the dal. Finally she set on her journey to prepare this delicacy. Believe me it was bowl-licked-clean kind of dessert for me, I can not even come close to her method.

Well I have tweaked up the recipe by using yellow moong dal instead of green split dal. Since I had no mawa/khoya on hand,I have used ricotta cheese instead to give it that rich flavor and texture. Dal should be grounded to a very fine paste. While dal is being roasted its aroma will become strong and fill up your home captivating all your senses and making your mouth watery. Once halwa is prepared you can remove the excess ghee and later use it to make other halwas. Constant stirring is the key to a delicious halwa.

 

Moong Dal ka Halwa
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Enjoy a delicious Indian desert prepared with Moong dal, ricotta cheese and sugar.
Servings Prep Time
20 PEOPLE 15 MINUTES
Cook Time
1:15 HOURS
Servings Prep Time
20 PEOPLE 15 MINUTES
Cook Time
1:15 HOURS
Moong Dal ka Halwa
Votes: 7
Rating: 4.43
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Enjoy a delicious Indian desert prepared with Moong dal, ricotta cheese and sugar.
Servings Prep Time
20 PEOPLE 15 MINUTES
Cook Time
1:15 HOURS
Servings Prep Time
20 PEOPLE 15 MINUTES
Cook Time
1:15 HOURS
INGREDIENTS
  • 3 cup Yellow Moong Dal
  • 1.5 cup Ghee
  • 2 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 15 Oz Ricotta Cheese ((Use 1 3/4 cup of mawa instead)
  • 3/4 cup Milk/Cream
  • 2 teaspoon Saffron strands
  • 1/2 cup Silvered almonds for garnish
  • 2 tablespoon Eliachi Powder (Cardamon Powder)
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METHOD
  1. Wash yellow Moong Dal under water to remove all the dirt and grit. Soak it for 4-5 hours. During this time period dal will swell up, drain its water and once again rinse the dal.
    Dal ka halwa - dal washed
  2. Using a food processor/mixer, ground the dal to a fine paste without adding any water. The grounded dal should be very fine in texture. When rubbed in between fingers it should feel like a paste.
    Dal ka Halwa
  3. Assemble rest of the ingredients and lets begin. In a heavy bottom pan heat ghee. Add the grounded dal and start sauteing.
    Dal ka halwa - dal added
  4. The moment dal mixture starts to cook it will soak up all the ghee and become a thick ball of dough. Don't worry just keep working on it. Add ricotta cheese and keep stirring.
    Dal ka halwa sauteeing
  5. Soon you will notice the color changing from light yellow to a beautiful light brown color. The aroma of roasted dal will fill up your house. After sauteing for 45- 50 minutes dal is ready, add in saffron and mix.
    Dal ka halwa sauteeing
  6. Add cream and saute for another 2-3 minutes. Finally add eliachi powder and sugar. Cook till sugar is well blended in the dal and ghee starts to leave the side of the pan.
    Dal ka halwa - sugar added
  7. Dal ka halwa is ready to be served!!
    Daal ka halwa
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8 Responses

  1. Sangita Radhe says:

    Ruchi,

    This recipe seriously needs a makeover. True to its taste but not at all eye pleasing. Wonderful recipe, tried it for the 3rd time and my MIL is very impressed.

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks for trying the recipe Sangita and sharing your lovely experiences with me. 🙂 I do agree this recipe surely needs a makeover. Its on my to-do-list and will try to update new pics as soon as I can. 🙂

  2. khatri says:

    can we use dal flour instead

  3. Mallika Ray says:

    I love ur presentation &method its easy.

  4. Ekta says:

    My favorite dessert and so happy that I found a step tutorial. Tried this today and taste great. Superb RECIPE. Compared to big chefs who only do write ups, you have taken extra efforts for your viewers and given easy to follow and love the way you explained all the steps. Came out delicious and very very yummy. THANK YOU Ruchi. You are amazing. keep the good work going.

    • RK says:

      Thanks to you for such a wonderful compliment, Ekta! Glad to hear that you liked the recipe. Thanks for stopping by and will see you around on the blog! 🙂

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