Moong Dal Halwa

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Total Time:
45-60 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 1 cup - split (yellow) moong dal
  • 1/2 cup - ghee
  • 3/4 cups to 1 cup - sugar
  • 1/2 cup - milk
  • Cashews/raisins roasted in ghee for garnishing
  • 1/2 tsp - cardamom powder
  • A few strands of saffron

How to Make Moong Dal Halwa

  • Soak 1 cup moong dal overnight. Next morning, grind to a paste.
  • Take a heavy kadai, heat 1-2 tsp of ghee and saute the cashews and raisins, until the raisins get all puffy and cashews are roasted.
  • In the same skillet, add 1/4 cup of ghee and warm it up.
  • Add the dal paste and stir continuously, not allowing lumps to form.
  • Keep the heat at the lowest and keep stirring even after the dal becomes thick.
  • Add the rest of the ghee intermittently
  • Meanwhile, mix the sugar with milk in a pan and bring to a boil.
  • You can add the saffron and cardamom powder to this mixture.
  • Otherwise you can simply add them towards the end to the dish directly.
  • Add this slowly to the cooking dal.
  • Keep the heat low at all times and break lumps if formed while adding the sugar-milk mix.
  • Cook until the ghee surfaces and halwa gets a shiny, creamy texture.
  • Garnish with cashews and raisins.
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