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how to make moong dal halwa

What to call the taste of the moong dal halwa? Superb, excellent, or mouth-watering? All of these words are a fine fit for this rich sweet dish. It is common to make this food for festivals like Dasara or Diwali. Moong dal halwa would also be welcome by everyone for events like birthday parties.

If you have eaten this sweet delicacy, say at a restaurant, and are bitten by its taste bug and would know like to know how to make moong dal halwa at home, you've come to the right place.

Another reason that would kindle your interest to find out how to prepare moong dal halwa is this recipe gives you an easy method to make this popular sweet dish.

What's more, this halwa is a relatively healthy food when you compare it with some of the other sweet items. A reason that gives it a health edge is moong dal is a health gem.

Food Fact
health benefits of mung
Mung bean is said to reduce plasma cholesterol.1

Just a few items and few and simple steps in this moong dal halwa recipe should further make way for you to learn how to prepare this exotic food.

The recipe of moong dal halwa is lean on the number of items and cooking steps. Eight items is all you need to make this fine sweet dish. These are moong dal, ghee, jaggery, milk, cardamom, almonds, cashew nuts and water.

How much effort is needed to make this halwa? Because of the simple steps, you can prepare it in about 25 minutes.

Use jaggery as a sweetener, because it is said to be good for the health.

A step that takes a bit of time is the dry frying of moong dal. You've to fry till it becomes golden brown and there is no raw smell of this dal.

Add fried walnuts and dry grapes to make the moong dal halwa richer.

Eat or serve the moong dal halwa hot. Some of the fine spicy companions for this sweet are sev or onion pakoda.

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Servings: 3


1. Moong dal 1/3 cup
2. Jaggery, small chunks, 1/3 cup or to taste
3. Ghee 1/3 cup (recommended for taste and halwa consistency) or to taste
4. Cashews, pieces, 1 tablespoon
5. Almonds, pieces, 1 tablespoon
6. Cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon
7. Milk, 2.5 times the moong dal quantity
8. Water 1/6 cup

How to make Moong Dal Halwa?

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Washing is a mandatory step to remove dirt and at least some of the pesticides.

Wash moong dal two times.

Strain the water completely.
2. Fry moong dal till it turns golden brown on low flame.

If you are frying large quantity of dal, set the flame to medium. When the dal starts to change color, set the flame to low and continue to fry.
3. Grind moong dal to a powder after this dal has cooled.
4. Boil the milk and keep it hot.
5. Heat jaggery and water.

Boil till the jaggery dissolves and keep it hot.
6. Heat a thick bottom utensil.

If you will use the same utensil as in Step 2, wash and dry it before using the same.
7. Add two tablespoons of ghee.

Add cashews and almonds.

Fry till the cashews become golden brown.

Transfer to a bowl and keep aside.
8. Add a tablespoon of ghee to the utensil you used for frying the nuts.


Add moong flour.

Fry for a minute.
9. Add milk.

Mix till the flour absorbs the milk.
10. Add the remaining ghee.


Strain the jaggery syrup.

Mix till the mixture becomes a mass and ghee starts to separate.

Switch off.

Add nuts and cardamom.

11. Moong dal halwa is ready.

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TIPS How to make Moong Dal Halwa
1. Use banana slices as a side dish and or a scoop of ice cream as a topping, while eating or serving, for a fine eating experience.
2. Add pista to make the halwa tastier.