Friday, October 23, 2009

Moong Dal Halwa Recipe

Even though Diwali is technically over, I am still enjoying the sweets and treats from the festivities. A few weeks prior to Diwali, out of the blue, someone emailed me asking me for my recipe that I had shared years ago for a halwa dish that she had used on Diwali.

Yes, the recipe is that good, that someone would approach me years later for it. The halwa tastes great when warmed with a cup of tea for dessert, or just simply to make the feeling of Diwali last a little longer. I decided to make some moong dal halwa this year.
Here's the recipe and Happy Diwali!

Moong Dal Halwa

1 cup Moong dal soaked for 5-6 hours
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 cups water
1/2 tsp saffron
3/4 cup mawa/khoya (optional)
3/4 cup butter or ghee
5 green cardamom pods (crushed)
1-2 tablespoons almonds (toasted, slivered or sliced) for garnish

Grind dal coarsly in food processor.
Make 1-thread syrup with sugar and water.
Soak saffron in milk.
Heat butter in non-stick pan and fry dal on low heat
until it is a deep rich golden brown.
Add sugar syrup and saffron milk.
Mix well and cook until it is dropping consistency.
Add crumbled mawa and cook until it melts.
Garnish with almonds and ground cardamom.

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