Warm Winter Dessert

Moong Dal Halwa

by Vaibhav Bhargava  from Band Baja  Barat restaurant  

Come winters, the rich lentil pudding to leave you craving for more

Prep Time      6 hrs

Cook Time     1 hr

Total Time     7 hrs


Moong dal                                         120gm

Desi ghee                                           125gm

Sugar                                                   100gm

Full cream milk                                  500ml

Saffron strands                                   a pinch

Green cardamom powder              5gm

Sliced assorted nuts                           20gm

Water to grind the dal                       50ml

Chandi ka vark (optional)                  for garnish


·        Wash and soak the moong dal overnight. Drain the water and set aside. If you can’t soak the dal overnight, soak for at least 4 hours.

·        Using your blender or food processor, grind the dal using very little water. I used around 3 tablespoons, start with 1 tablespoon and add more as required to grind.

·        Meanwhile heat ghee in a pan on medium heat. Once the ghee is hot add the grind dal to the pan.

·        Keep stirring and cooking the halwa on low heat. Keep mashing with a spatula so that there aren’t any lumps.

·        Meanwhile heat 2 cups + 2 tablespoons of milk. Once the milk is warm, take out 2 tablespoons from it in a bowl and add saffron strands to it. Set aside.

·        You have to cook on low flame till raw smell goes away and color changes a bit. This will take around 20 minutes and at 20 minutes you will also notice ghee oozing out of the sides.

·        Once the dal is roasted, add the 2 cups warm milk to it. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly.

·        Now add the sugar, soaked saffron milk, crushed cardamom and chopped nuts.

·        Cook on low heat; keep stirring every now and then. First it will be all liquid-y as the sugar melts.

·        Keep stirring till halwa leaves sides of the pan, around 15-20 minutes.

·        Remove heat from pan, transfer halwa to serving bowl, garnish with some nuts and serve immediately!

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