Monday, 18 January 2010

moong dal halwa

I was planning to try moong dal halwa since Diwali. My father loves this halwa. I am very poor in cooking any sweet dish:). But thanks to Srivalli with this cooking challenge, I can dare to make such dishes and it is turning out very nicely.



Ingredients



Moong dhal - 1 cup


Ghee - 1/2 cup


Sugar - 1 cup (as per required sweetness)


Milk - 1/2 cup


Cashews/ raisins roasted in ghee for garnish. (Optional)



Procedure



Soak 1 cup moong dal overnight. Next morning, grind to a paste. Heat a heavy Kadai, take initially only 1/2 of the ghee and heat it. Add the dhal and stir continuously, not allowing lumps to form. This part is very tricky as the dhal cooks really fast, irrespective of the ghee. Keep the heat at the lowest and keep stirring even after the dhal becomes thick. Add the rest of the ghee intermittently and cook the dhal until aromatic and the ghee starts oozing out. Meanwhile mix the sugar with water/ milk in a pan and bring to a boil. Add this slowly to the cooking dhal. Keep the fir low at all times and break lumps if formed while adding the sugar and water/ milk mix. Cook until the ghee surfaces.




Notes :



  • Use a thick bottom pan or better nonstick pan

  • Don't leave the halwa unattended. The dal can stick and it can go from just done to burnt in a second so keep stirring as much as possible. You should remember to keep stirring to prevent dhal from sticking irrespective of the ghee added.

  • You aren't looking for the halwa to get too thick when you turn off the heat. It was thicken as it cools.

  • Cook until ghee surfaces on the sides and the halwa attains a very nice shine.

  • Initially, it may appear that all the ghee is being used up. But as the dhal cooks the ghee separates. So the ghee measure is sufficient.

  • In both recipes depending on how you got the moong dal paste, you may require slightly more ghee to get the texture

  • Though original recipe didn't call for roasting the dhal before soaking, Lataji felt roasting it a bit gives more fragrance.

19 comments:

shanthi said...

perfect and lovely clicked

Preety said...

halwa looks so tempting

Sharmilee! :) said...

Here too am seeing this all over blogsphere, hmm sure this wud taste great!

Malar Gandhi said...

Nice display...love halwa so much:)

ARUNA said...

That's a nice yummy dish!

shahana said...

looks really yumm!!!

srividhya Ravikumar said...

Halwa looks yummy.. following you

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Jay said...

delicious halwa ...love to taste some ..:)

Sharmilee! :) said...

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indianspicemagic said...

Yummy

veena krishnakumar said...

halwa looks very yummy

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Dimah said...

Hi,
First time here...
That looks yummy!

Deepa Praveen said...

Very yummy..I love it..will try this soon

maha said...

This looks really tasty n yummy..vl try this surely.......
Maha