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Moong Dal Halwa

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Moong dal Halwa is one of the most popular North Indian sweet dish which is usually made on festivals like Holi, Diwali, Rakshabandhan etc.
Taste of Moong dal halwa is rich, aromatic and cannot be resisted.
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Served AsDinner, Lunch
CuisineDesserts, Indian
Recipe Taste Sweet
Servings 20


  • 1 kg Yellow Moong Dal
  • 1 kg Sugar
  • 1 kg Desi ghee
  • 2 cup Cream Homemade cream/ Malai
  • 1 tsp Cardamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp Saffron Kesar strands
  • 1/4 cup Dry fruits Almonds, Cashewnuts, Raisins, Pista - As desired


  • Soak yellow moong dal in sufficient water for 2-3 hours till it puffs up nicely.
  • Drain extra water and grind the dal in mixer grinder to form a coarse paste without using water.
  • Melt desi ghee in a heavy bottom kadai or non stick kadai leaving 1 cup of desi ghee aside.
  • Add the yellow moong dal paste into it. Initially the paste is very sticky so it tends to stick and becomes lumpy. So stir the paste continuously on low flam
  • Keep on cooking the paste till the halwa gets to a granular consistency and the colour of paste turns little light golden. It will take 30 minutes.
  • Add cream and cook for some more time till ghee separates.
  • Add 1 cup desi ghee to give more shine to halwa. Add chopped/sliced dry fruits.
  • To enhance the colour of halwa, add saffron strands soaked in warm milk. Add cardamon powder in the same mixture.
  • Simultaneously, heat 10 cups of water in a pan. Once the halwa leaves ghee, add hot water, sugar in the mixture. Mix well.
  • The water will evaporate after some time. Keep on stirring the halwa till it dries up nicely and ghee separates from the halwa.



  • Usually equal quantity of sugar is added. However if you like more sweet, then sugar can be increase.
  • Dal to water ratio is 1:10. Milk can also be added instead of water. Half milk and half water can also be an option. The ratio will remain same.
  • The above quantity yields 3.5 kg halwa. However if you wish to reduce the quantity, then use half or one-fourth quantity of all the ingredients.
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Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 899 kcal | Carbohydrates: 81 g | Protein: 14 g | Fat: 60 g | Saturated Fat: 37 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17 g | Cholesterol: 155 mg | Sodium: 23 mg | Potassium: 36 mg | Fiber: 5 g | Sugar: 52 g | Vitamin A: 448 IU | Vitamin C: 0.2 mg | Calcium: 37 mg | Iron: 2 mg

Richa Gupta
Richa Gupta

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