First I need to apologize, this is a long pending request from one of the readers of my blog. She had requested me for this using my FB page. Sorry dear I missed it due to other commitments but better late than never. Hope you make this recipe and let me know how it turned out.
Coming to Moong Dal Halwa, there are different ways of cooking this halwa. Using milk and mawa , using milk and condensed milk etc. I don’t get mawa here and to make mawa takes times. I know there is a replacement of ricotta cheese, need to try yet. Currently I am overloaded with work with my new move in, my small children and office and I do not have a liberty of maid here. So thought to reduce the time by using condensed milk instead of making mawa, rhough have made it a couple of times, If you want to check my recipe here on how to make the mawa at home. Mung Dal halwa usually takes time to make as the mung has to be cooked or roasted nicely in ghee so that it gets cooked. This halwa takes time but the end result is worth it.
My son has off lately being found of halwa. The moment he hears halwa, he says I want it, so thought of making this as a treat for him plus without him realizing that he is eating Dal. Dal’s are a good source of protein and Moong Dal has minimum calories and a rich source of iron and potassium. It is good for the heart and is light on the tummy. Dal is a common food in India , Did you check my different dal recipes
Bedai (Dal Puri’s)
Brocolli Toor/Arhar Dal
Char Dal (Mixed Dal)
Left Over Dal Pancake
Masoor Dal/Brown Lentils/Kali Masoor ki Dal
Oats & Green Dal Toast
Oats and Green Dal Chila (Pan Cake)
Pearl Barley and Mung Dal Khichdi
or a compilation of 27 different Dazzling Dals, by me and my blogger friends.
So there are different ways of incorporating Dal in one’s diet and today I am using dal to make this halwa. I am also sharing this with our Blogging Marathon group where we blogger’s select a minimum of 2 theme for a month and blog for 3 days in a week on a particular theme. This is my third week and I have chosen to Make one Type of Indian Sweets. The earlier two themes chosen by me were Condiments on the side and Kids Delight – Drinks. So you would be seeing 3 different halwa recipes from me. I have referred the recipe here.
So here goes the recipe:
- 1.5 Cups Milk
- 1/2 Tin Sweetened Condensed milk
- 3/4 Cup Ghee (Clarified Butter)
- 1/2 Cup Moong Dal
- 1/4 teaspoon Cardamom (Elaichi) Powder
- Finely chopped Nuts as per choice for additions as well as Garnishing
- Wash and soak the Moong dal atleast for an hour.
- Drain and Coarsely grind it. We do not want a smooth paste.
- Add Ghee in a heavy bottomed pan.
- Fry the dal in the ghee on medium heat until golden brown stirring frequently. This step takes time depending on the quantity. For the said quantity can take anywhere around 15-20 minutes.
- Once the dal is golden brown and you smell a beautiful aroma, add the milk and let it cook on slow, stirring continuously till the milk dries.
- Then add the condensed milk. The mixture will be watery again. Keep on stirring it and let it cook on slow until the milk has almost dried up. Do not dry it completely as it will thicken later too.
- Switch off the heat and add cardamom powder and nuts.
- Serve it hot with a nice garnish of nuts.
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