Moong Dal Halwa | A Sweet Delight Homemade Recipe

Moong Dal Halwa Recipe | A Sweet Dessert
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I don’t think we really need an introduction to Moong Dal Halwa. If you are in India, you probably should have had this awesome sweet dessert already.

Moong Dal Halwa is an outstanding recipe by all means. I am sure most of the people are in love with this marvellous Moong Dal Halwa. But, if you are not familiar with what this is recipe is all about then let me just give you a small introduction of this recipe.

Moong Dal Halwa is famous North Indian dessert and specially prepared during winter season. It is prepared using yellow split moong dal (Yellow Petite Split Lentil), sugar, clarified butter (ghee) and few other ingredients.

Moong Dal Halwa

I have heard from most of my north Indian friends that this dessert recipe is kind of a must menu item in North Indian weddings. I can definitely understand why it is a must menu item in the weddings or functions. It’s outstanding in taste and I don’t think skipping this delicious recipe is a good option honestly. You can have different varieties of sweets for any functions but if you don’t have Moong Dal Halwa in the menu list , then you must know that you are missing something good, really.

I had this sweets dessert in one of the Rajasthani restaurants and from then I am in love with this recipe. The colour, texture, richness and everything is fantastic and brilliant. Hats off to the people who came up with this awesome recipe.

Building blocks of Moong Dal Halwa

Every ingredient in this Moong Dal Halwa Recipe is equally important and in my view if we skip any of these ingredients then it may be unfair to have this dish without it.

I have used sliced cashew, sliced almonds and also almonds powder to give it a nutty flavour. You can also add pistachios slices to give it a slight nice green colour combination. Cardamom Powder and Saffron strands are important to give nice aroma to this halwa recipe. Gram flour (besan) helps to bind the ingredients together and semolina (suji) contributes for nice granular texture (as I said earlier, all ingredients are equally important 😊).

Some people use milk and some people prepare Moong Dal Halwa without milk (by adding water instead of milk). But, I tried Moong Dal Halwa recipe with and without milk and after experiments, I prefer and love this recipe when it is prepared using milk.

This is a must try recipe, if you haven’t tasted it yet. To check many more such food recipes, you may also visit FoodQuench’s YouTube Channel.

Here are a few more suggestions for you if you are like me who love to eat sweets – check out how to cook Kesar Phirni at home and the recipe for famous Dharwad Peda.

Moong Dal Halwa | A Sweet Delight Homemade Recipe

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 40 mins Servings: 4 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Moong Dal Halwa recipe is a famous North Indian (Rajasthani) dessert, a sweet pudding prepared using moong dal (Yellow Petite Split Lentil), sugar, ghee and mostly during winter.

Ingredients for Delicious Moong Dal Halwa Recipe

Cooking Method for Moong Dal Halwa Recipe

  1. Wash moong dal 3 to 4 times and soak for 4 hours. After 4 hours, moong dal will almost double in size. Drain off all the water and transfer to mixer grinder.

    Moong Dal Halwa
    Moong dal can also be soaked overnight if you are planning to prepare it next day.
  2. Now grind moong dal by adding little water (not too much) to it to form smooth puree.

  3. Take a kadhai or any vessel, add milk and sugar to kadhai and allow it to boil on low flame.

    Once milk is warm take out 2 tablespoons of milk and soak saffron strands in it.

    Moong Dal Halwa
    Just keep few saffron strands for garnishing later and do not soak all of it.
  4. Simultaneously on the other stove, heat a pan then add ghee to it, add almonds powder, split cashews, thin sliced almonds, semolina (suji) and gram flour (besan).

    Moong Dal Halwa
    Just keep some cashews and almond slices for garnishing at the end.
  5. Roast all ingredients for 3 to 4 minutes on a medium flame until they turn light golden in colour.

    Moong Dal Halwa
  6. Now add moong dal puree to the pan and start stirring.

    Moong Dal Halwa
    BE FOCUSSED and continue stirring because moong dal puree thickens very fast and then it gets difficult to separate it out.
  7. Keep stirring continuously for about 20 minutes. After about 20 minutes mixture of moong dal separates out as you can see in the picture.

    Moong Dal Halwa
  8. By this time milk is super hot. Now add milk, cardamom powder, saffron strands soaked milk and mix well.

    Moong Dal Halwa
  9. Close the lid and simmer for around 5 minutes.

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  10. And now the super delicious Moong Dal Halwa recipe is ready.

    Moong Dal Halwa
  11. Garnish it with some cashew, almonds and saffron strands.

    You don't have to find any occasion to prepare this awesome Moong Dal Halwa Recipe, have it anytime when you like. It is filled with so much richness of flavours and aroma that you are going to love this recipe.

    Moong Dal Halwa
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