Homemade Moong Dal Halwa Recipe (Easy Moong Dal Halwa)

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Moong Dal Halwa is a popular Indian dessert made from yellow lentils (moong dal), ghee (clarified butter), sugar, and a variety of nuts and spices. It is a rich and indulgent dessert that is typically enjoyed during special occasions and festivals in India, such as Diwali and weddings.

The process of making moong dal halwa involves first soaking the moong dal for a few hours, and then grinding it into a coarse paste. The paste is then cooked in ghee until it turns golden brown and aromatic. Sugar is added and stirred until it dissolves, and then the mixture is further cooked until it thickens to a halwa-like consistency.

Finally, a generous amount of nuts such as almonds, cashews, and pistachios, as well as cardamom powder for flavor, are added to the halwa before it is served hot or warm.

Moong dal halwa is known for its rich, creamy texture and nutty flavor. It is often garnished with additional nuts and served as a dessert after a meal or as a sweet treat during festivities. The labor-intensive process of making moong dal halwa is well worth it, as it results in a decadent and delicious dessert that is cherished in Indian cuisine.

Last night I make this dish and it was really awesome. The creaminess of mawa was incredible. I add some dry fruits and when I chew, every bite gives me crunchiness of them. Hold onnn one thing more and that’s desi ghee which gives unbeatable flavor. 

About Moong Dal Halwa

The Moong Dal Halwa recipe might be a calorie laden one. But you really can’t say no to something that is so delicious, almost addictive I would say. You’ll know this once you take a bite of it. The heart will desire more and more of it.

The quantity of ghee that goes in an authentic recipe of Moong Dal Halwa will also give you some stress. But don’t worry about it, as that is what makes this dish the apt choice to help you deal with the nail biting, cold winters of North India. The tastiest sweet way to bring in some warmth during that time of the year!

Apart from being an essential preparation to combat the cold months, the Moong Dal Halwa recipe is also a must on the list of recipes kept for special occasions like weddings or festive celebrations like Holi and Diwali.

I feel it’s quite good to have this rich preparation on the ‘festival of colors,’ as all the running and playing with colors will help burn those excessive calories too!

More On The Recipe

I knew that this is especially one of those halwa which is quite time intensive and takes a good amount of patience and energy as well. Hence, I’d been avoiding it.

But I couldn’t give into that for a long time as I had to try it as well. Obviously, the entire process took a lot of time and work of the hands as I had to stir, stir, stir and stir till the Moong Dal Halwa took the final texture and consistency.

One more thing that I would suggest is using a non-stick pan or a well seasoned frying pan or kadai to cook this Moong Dal Halwa recipe.

Unless you want to tire yourself completely and break your back, it is better to use a non-stick kadai or a well seasoned kadai/frying pan over any unseasoned one. This makes it smooth to stir the halwa mixture as it doesn’t stick to the non-stick cooking utensil.

The stirring of the Moong Dal Halwa needs to be done on a medium-low to medium heat so that the rawness of the moong lentils completely go away.

While reaching to this stage, the halwa also turns pasty in the beginning. Next, starts to form lumps. Then, breaks down and gets separated as the fat releases from the sides. You must keep stirring and cooking it all the while.

Moong Dal Halwa is really a delicious dessert, but definitely takes a lot of efforts. So, decide on a day when you’re low on other work or have enough time and energy, and then go ahead with the making of this yummy sweet dish.

How to make Moong Dal Halwa

Make Moong Dal Paste

1. Soak 1 cup moong dal (spilt and husked yellow moong lentils) in enough water overnight or for 4 to 5 hours. I soaked the lentils overnight.

 

2. Drain and grind the moong dal to a smooth paste with very little water. Make a thick batter like consistency and do not make it runny or watery.

 

Make Moong Dal Halwa

3. Melt 9 to 10 tablespoons homemade ghee (clarified butter) in a well-seasoned wok or kadai or a non-stick kadai or frying pan.

4. Add the ground moong dal paste.

 

5. Keep stirring the moong dal mixture on medium-low to medium heat. The raw aroma of the moong lentils should go away completely before you go on to the next step. So, till then you have to stir and cook it.

First the mixture is pasty. Next, it becomes lumpy. Then, it breaks down and separates with the fat releasing from the sides and looks granular.

In the picture below, the mixture is at a stage where it resembles a sooji halwa, but still with the raw aroma of the moong lentils.

6. While the mixture is cooking, in another pan or kadai, take 1 liter water , 1/2 teaspoon Saffron ,¼ to ⅓ teaspoon cardamom powder and 1½ cups sugar.

Keep this pan on the stovetop and stir so that the sugar dissolves. Heat this mixture till it comes to a boil.

7. The moong dal mixture should separate and look golden as shown in the picture below. It will have a granular consistency. The aroma and color will change. The fat will separate.

8. This is the water mixture. This is added to the well roasted moong lentils mixture.

9. Pour the boiling water mixture to the roasted moong lentils. The mixture bubbles and sizzles, so be careful while adding the hot water mixture.

10. Stir and mix very well.

11. Simmer and cook, stirring often.

12. The liquid should get absorbed and once again you will see the ghee getting separated. This means the halwa is finally done.

Add ¼ to ⅓ teaspoon green cardamom powder, 10 to 12 chopped unsalted pistachios and 1 tablespoon golden raisins and mix before serving. It took me a total of about 1 hour to make this halwa on the stovetop.

You can add your choice of nuts or dry fruits. Some options are cashews, almonds, raisins or pine nuts.

13. Serve Moong Dal Halwa hot. Garnish mawa (optional) on the ready dessert.

High On Halwa

The term ‘halwa’ comes from ‘hulw,’ an Arabic word meaning ‘sweet.’ Thus, it is believed that halwa originated in Arabia/Middle East and reached India through Persia. Traditionally, a Middle Eastern halwa recipe would have only date paste and milk.

However, there’s a plethora of Indian halwa variants in the modern times that are made using different ingredients. These are eventually cooked in milk/milk solids (khoya), ghee and sugar.

Whether made with fruits, vegetables, vermicelli, lentils or grains, the mouth-watering Indian halwa is absolutely a must for all dessert lovers.

Halwa is a scrumptious dessert reserved for celebratory occasions too. Though simple to make, it takes some time to cook.

Expert Tips

1.
Soaking Lentils: Remember that soaking of the moong lentils well is important as it helps to soften the dal, which can then be ground easily to a smooth paste.

2.
Pans to be used: Make sure to keep on stirring the moong dal mixture to cook evenly and to prevent it from sticking to the pan. Best is to use a non-stick pan/kadai or a well seasoned kadai or frying pan

S   Sweetness: I have added 1 cup sugar in this recipe. For more sweetness, add 1 or 2 tablespoons more or add ¼ cup extra sugar

5.
Adding Khoya: The addition of khoya or mawa (milk solids) gives a more richer flavor and taste to an already rich halwa. Crumble finely and add 1 cup khoya, when the moong dal is cooked golden, looks granular and the ghee has separated. Mix well and add sugar. Continue to stir and cook till you see the moong mixture thickening, reducing and ghee releasing from the sides. Do not add milk if you use khoya.

6.
Scaling: You can halve or double this Moong Dal Halwa recipe easily. Do note that doubling the recipe will involve more stirrings and more hand work.

If you like this recipe then try other desserts also

Mixed Fruit Custard

Special Kheer

Mango Popsicles

Meethi Seviyan

Rasmalai

Mango Phirni

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Moong Dal Halwa Recipe Card

North Indian Kitchen
Moong Dal Halwa is an addictive and delicious halwa variant made with mung lentils, milk, sugar and nuts. It is popular in Rajasthan and some North Indian states. This sweet is rich, heavy and usually served during festivities and celebrations
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Soaking Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine North Indian
Servings 6
Calories 662 kcal

Equipments

1 Kadai
1 Sauce Pan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Moong Dal (split husked yellow mung lentils)
  • 9-10 tablespoon Desi Ghee
  • 4 pcs Green Cardamom/¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 10-12 pcs Almonds blanched/pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon Raisins

To Be Mixed Together

  • 1 liter Water
  • ½ teaspoon Saffron
  • cup Sugar

Instructions
 

  • Soak 1 cup moong dal (spilt and husked yellow moong lentils) in enough water overnight or for 4 to 5 hours. I soaked the lentils overnight.
    2. Drain and grind the moong dal to a smooth paste with very little water. Make a thick batter like consistency and do not make it runny or watery.
    3. Melt 9 to 10 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) in a well-seasoned wok or kadai or a non-stick kadai or frying pan.
    4. Add the ground moong dal paste. Keep stirring the moong dal mixture on medium-low to medium heat. The raw aroma of the moong lentils should go away completely before you go on to the next step.
    5. While the mixture is cooking, in another pan or kadai, take 1 liter water , 1/2 teaspoon Saffron ,¼ to ⅓ teaspoon cardamom powder and 1½ cups sugar.
    6. The moong dal mixture should separate and look golden.
    7. Add water mixture to the well roasted moong lentils mixture.
    8. The mixture bubbles and sizzles, so be careful while adding the hot water mixture. Mix it well.
    9. The liquid should get absorbed and once again you will see the ghee getting separated. This means the halwa is finally done.

Video

Notes

  • 1 cup sugar is just sweet which we prefer. For more sweetness you can add 1 or 2 tablespoons more of sugar or add ¼ cup sugar extra.
  • Make sure to soak the lentils for a few hours so that you can grind them easily to a smooth paste.
  • Remember not to add too much water while grinding and make the paste or batter runny or watery.
Nutrition Facts
Moong Dal Halwa Recipe Card
Amount per Serving
Calories
662
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
25
g
38
%
Saturated Fat
 
15
g
94
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
7
g
Cholesterol
 
62
mg
21
%
Sodium
 
33
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
133
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
101
g
34
%
Sugar
 
79
g
88
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Vitamin A
 
137
IU
3
%
Vitamin B1
 
0.04
mg
3
%
Vitamin B2
 
0.1
mg
6
%
Vitamin B3
 
0.1
mg
1
%
Vitamin B6
 
0.1
mg
5
%
Vitamin B12
 
0.2
µg
3
%
Vitamin C
 
0.4
mg
0
%
Vitamin D
 
0.4
µg
3
%
Vitamin E
 
0.1
mg
1
%
Vitamin K
 
0.4
µg
0
%
Calcium
 
83
mg
8
%
Vitamin B9 (Folate)
 
1
µg
0
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
Magnesium
 
13
mg
3
%
Phosphorus
 
55
mg
6
%
Zinc
 
0.3
mg
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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