Moong Dal Halwa
Winters Ahaaaa!! The most blissful season of the year. I love everything about winters- quilts, jackets, coats, endless tea and coffees.. I can go on on. The foodie in me loves this season for two delicious reasons: Gajar ka halwa and Moong dal halwa. My winters are incomplete without hogging on to these two yummilicious halwas.
Moong dal halwa is a very popular and rich recipe from north india. Like many households this is a must at our place too on any celebratory or festive occasions like holi, diwali, marriages etc.
When in one of my foodie bloghop groups the theme was Parents special (to make something which your parents love), believe me this was the first thing which came to my mind. I love making desserts, but these two are my favorite, because I love the way my Mom makes them. Whenever I visit my parents, she knows that Moong Dal halwa has to be made for me. Her's is the best in this whole world.
I tried making the halwa her way and my family just drooled over it. With each and every spoon I was just remembering her.
Ahhh!!! This post is sheer nostalgia.
Taken me back to my good old childhood days. When no festival was complete without this special treat.
The star of this halwa is undoubtedly the Moong dal. The dal is ground and sautéd with ghee.
You can grind it coarsely or can blend it into a thick smooth paste. The end result/ texture of halwa will solely depend on the way you have ground the dal. The coarsely ground dal will make grainy halwa and on the other hand smoothly ground dal will make a smooth halwa. Either way this halwa is soooo soooo delicious that one spoon in your mouth and you will forget about the texture and all ;)
It takes a bit longer time and patience than the other usual halwas to make this delicacy and not to forget a little extra ghee too;) However, the result says it all...
Let's get started and make this super scrumptious delicacy.
Moong dal (spilt husked yellow mung lentils)- 1/2 cup
Ghee (clarified butter)- 1/2 cup
Green cardamom powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Milk (full fat whole)- 1 cup
Water- 1/2 cup
Sugar- 3/4th cup
Pistachios (pista)- 5-6(unsalted), sliced or chopped
Almonds (badam) - 5-6,sliced or chopped
Cashew nuts- 5-6, sliced or chopped
Saffron strands- 15-20DIRECTIONS:
We will start making the halwa by making paste of Moong dal.
Wash Moong dal thoroughly and soak in 3 cups of water for at least 4 hours.
Drain the water and blend dal into a thick paste, adding just enough water as needed to blend.
Melt ghee in a non stick pan.
Add the ground moong dal.
Mix well. Keep stirring.
Keep on stirring the halwa on a low to medium flame.
Use spatula to gently press the paste, then fold the paste over and press again. This will stop the formation of lumps.
The halwa has the raw aroma of the Moong lentils and it should go away completely. For that keep on stirring and turning and pressing the paste. Keep the flame on low to medium only. Otherwise the paste may stick or get burnt.
The halwa first is pasty, then starts getting lumpy and then starts breaking down and getting separated with the fat releasing from the sides. Break the lumps while stirring.
Meanwhile when the halwa is cooking, in another pan or kadai, take milk, water and sugar. Keep this pan on the stove top and stir so that the sugar dissolves. on a low or medium flame, heat this milk-water-sugar mixture till all the sugar gets dissolved. Once sugar gets mixed with water milk solution, switch off the flame and add saffron strands.
Do not stop stirring the moong dal mixture while preparing water milk mixture.
Moong dal mixture should reach a granular consistency before you add the water milk mixture.
You should get the fried and sweet aroma from the mung lentils and the color should become a light golden to golden brown.
In a while you will see the fat would get separated from the moong dal paste.
This is the time to add the water milk mix to the fried mung lentils.
The mixture sizzles, and it might splutter so be careful while adding the hot milk and water mixture.
Stir well. The liquid should get completely absorbed by the dal paste. Keep cooking on low heat till the fats/ghee gets separated.
Add cardamom powder. Give it a good mix.
Turn off the heat.
Garnish with slivered nuts.
The halwa will thicken over time.
Halwa tastes best if it is served hot!!
This post is going to my Blog Hop facebook group Healthy wellthy
where we all have shared our parent's specialities. The other shares are: