Moong Dal Halwa | How to make Moong Dal Halwa

By Farrukh Shadab  |  30th Nov 2015  |  
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About Moong Dal Halwa Recipe

Moong Dal Halwa

Ingredients to make Moong Dal Halwa

  • 250 gms dhuli moong dal(split green gram without skin)
  • 4 cups + ĵ cup full cream milk
  • 300 gms ghee
  • 300 gms sugar(you may increase/decrease as sweetness
  • Generous pinch of saffron
  • 1 tbsp cardamom powder
  • cashews and almonds chopped as required
  • For garnish:
  • Few saffron strands
  • Dried rose petals (optional)
  • Sliced almonds
  • Silver warq/paper (optional)

How to make Moong Dal Halwa

  1. Clean, wash and soak the moong dal for 6 to 7 hours. Soak saffron in 1/4th cup of warm milk. Keep it aside. Drain and blend it in a blender to a coarse paste without water.
  2. In a heavy bottom pan or kadhai, add ghee and moong dal paste, mix. Cook on a low heat till the dal turns light golden brown. Stir intermittently.
  3. Once the dal turns golden brown, add 4 cups of milk and mix well. Cook on low heat till 3/4th of the milk quantity dries up. Keep stirring intermittently. Add cardamom powder, sugar, saffron milk, chopped cashew and almonds. Combine well
  4. Start bhuno-fying (cook on a low heat), stirring continuously throughout till the halwa takes a beautiful dark brown color and releases all the ghee flowing in the pan.
  5. Dish out in a serving bowl, garnish with chopped almonds, petals, saffron and warm.
  6. Serve warm. This halwa can be prepared in bulk and stored in an clean and dry airtight container easily upto 3 weeks in refrigerator. You just have to reheat the required serving portion and enjoy anytime.

A moong dal halwa recipe is a pretty simple one to follow, and if you are planning on making some
halwa at home, then this one dish that you can try out. Almost every other corner of India has a halwa
of its own, which has emerged from the kitchens of those regions. Thus, there are lot of varieties to
this dish, and hence, you will be able to enjoy different types of halwas of which the one prepared
with moong dal is one.
What exactly is moong dal halwa?
Halwa is prepared in different ways throughout the country and the main ingredient differs from place
to place. When moong dal or yellow lentil is used for preparing a halwa, it is known as moong dal
halwa. Prepared with oodles of ghee and sugar, moong dal halwa is one of the most popular sweet
dishes, found in the western part of India. Thus, if you are looking for an authentic how to prepare
moong dal halwa recipe always looks for the Western India connection in order to make sure that
you get the best one available.
The origin of Moong dal Halwa
There is no specific origin story related with this sweet dish apart from the fact being known that it
developed in Rajasthan. It is believed that halwa as a dish was something that was brought to the
Indian landmass by the Arabas, who called it halwa because of the minced meat like texture that this
dish typically has. It can be prepared with almost any ingredient under the sun; from lentils to
vegetables, you will find various varieties of halwa. It is popularly believed that the halwa attained its
current status and taste with the contribution of the Mughal bawarchis, who gave a different life to
this dish altogether, making it one of the most popular sweet dishes of the country. This dish was
mainly meant for the winter months since huge amount of ghee is used in making it, and hence, if you
are looking for a how to make moong dal halwa recipe step by step, then you should make sure that
you have it mainly during winter.
Healthy or not?
Well, as one can guess, since large amounts of ghee, sugar and condensed milk are used to make a
batch of perfect moong dal halwa, it is but natural that it will contain a high dose of calories, which
you will have to burn off the next day. It is very rich in carbohydrate content, and hence, if you are on
a zero carb diet, this is one dish that you need to avoid. Since it is prepared with such rich ingredients,
it is difficult to digest and heats up the body. Moong dal halwa, however, will have high protein
content since the base material is lentil. The nutritional value of moong dal halwa recipe is not
exactly beneficial for one’s health, but it is certainly meant for those who know how to end a meal on
a sweet note!
Points to remember when cooking moong dal halwa
Well, if you are thinking of making a bowl of the perfect moong dal halwa, you have to be prepared
that this will take some time. For example, you will have to make sure that you soak the lentil in water
overnight and then grind it into a paste. You will have to add all the ingredients in right proportion in
order to avoid over cooking it. If you follow the basics of cooking this dish, you will be able to make
a lovely batch of this delicious wonder in no time!

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Reviews for Moong Dal Halwa (16)

Sakshi Satama year ago

The dish turned out to be yummy but I couldn't get the dark brown colour of the halwa......

ume hany2 years ago

Very nice

Poonam Shukla2 years ago


ankita singh2 years ago


Lata Kesharwani3 years ago

Wow it's yummy

Bijal Parikh3 years ago

Looks so yummy

deepa chawla3 years ago


Sonal Thakkar3 years ago

It is my favourite halwa

Neetu Mulchandani3 years ago


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Ritu Sharma4 years ago

Beautiful pic and nice recipe :)

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