moong dal halwa
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Moong Dal Halwa (Sweet made from Yellow Lentils)

Moong dal halwa is a very healthy recipe for Indian sweets but yes, it contains sugar. However, sugar can be adjusted to taste. But when it’s come to halwa even I don’t mind having few teaspoons more. In India, this is mostly made on festivals and special occasions like wedding.

Moong dal halwa is made with mainly three ingredients one is Moong dal (Split Yellow Lentil) which looks like this,

The second ingredient is ghee (clarified butter) and sugar. Apart from these ingredients, there are a few but important ingredients which I’ll share in the recipe. And apart from this, you must know it takes lots of stirring, stirring and stirring. Means a lot of hard work. However, the result will be an excellent reward. Also, this requires a huge amount of ghee so if you’re butter conscious, I can’t help you. Because halwa means too much ghee, and less ghee means it’s not halwa. For those who are health conscious, I have only one piece of advice, prepare it on your cheat day ?.

One tip is if possible, to use a non-stick pan else it might stick on the corners of your pot. So here comes the recipe. Another one is to use full-fat milk instead of semi-skimmed or low fat.

Ingredients for Moong Dal Halwa

Moong dal (split husked yellow lentils) – 1 cup (soaked in water overnight or 4-5 hours)

Ghee (clarified butter) – 6 tablespoons

Milk – 3 cups

Water – 2 cups

Sugar – 1 to 1 1/3 cup

Cardamom Powder – 1 teaspoon (or) crushed cardamoms – 4-5 nos

Chopped Almonds + Pistachios + Cashew – for garnish

How to make Moong Dal Halwa?

  • Blend soaked moon dal in a blender and make a paste. Add very little water.
  • Heat ghee in a pan on medium heat. Once it is hot, add dal paste into it.
  • Keep stirring the dal on low to medium heat. Stirring is important because the dal may form into lumps.
  • Once the dal is roasted and start realising the ghee from corners, gradually and slowly add milk and stir continuously so there aren’t any lumps. Cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Now, add sugar and cardamom powder and mix well on low heat till the halwa leaves ghee from corners.
  • Now, turn off the heat, transfer halwa into a bowl and garnish with chopped nuts.
  • Moong dal halwa is ready. Serve hot.

Tips

  • Add saffron to milk, if you want to give your recipe a nice texture.
  • You may also add condensed milk after adding milk to make it creamier. But sugar must be adjusted accordingly.
  • You may serve it with ice cream. It tastes superb.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which moong dal is used for halwa?

Yellow split moong is what we use for moong dal halwa.

How to store moong dal halwa?

Keep it in air tight container and microwave just before consuming. As it contains ghee, you need to warm it.

moong dal halwa

Moong Dal Halwa

Shikha | My Food Veda
A healthy sweet recipe from Indian kitchen that is made by blending soaked split yellow lentils and roasting it into ghee and sugar mixture.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 486 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup moong dal (split) (soaked in water overnight or 4-5 hours)
  • 6 tbsp ghee
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • few chopped nuts (for garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Blend soaked moon dal in a blender and make a paste. Add very little water.
  • Heat ghee in a pan on medium heat.
  • Once it is hot, add dal paste into it.Keep stirring the dal on low to medium heat. Stirring is important because the dal may form into lumps.
  • Once the dal is roasted and start realising the ghee from corners, gradually and slowly add milk and stir continuously so there aren’t any lumps. Cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Now, add sugar and cardamom powder and mix well on low heat till the halwa leaves ghee from corners.
  • Now, turn off the heat, transfer halwa into a bowl and garnish with chopped nuts.
  • Moong dal halwa is ready. Serve hot.

Notes

  • Add saffron to milk, if you want to give your moong dal halwa a nice texture.
  • You may also add condensed milk after adding milk to make it creamier. But sugar must be adjusted accordingly.
  • You may serve it with ice cream. It tastes superb.

Nutrition

Calories: 486kcalCarbohydrates: 96.3gProtein: 8.8gFat: 8.7gSaturated Fat: 5.1gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 104mgPotassium: 378mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 90.2gCalcium: 296mgIron: 2mg
Keyword dal, gluten free, gluten free recipes, halwa, healthy, indian sweets, moong dal, mung dal, sweet, vegetarian
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