Friday, January 15, 2010

ICC Dec Challenege: Moong Dal Halwa/Pesarapappu Halwa/Moong dal Seera

When Srivalli of Spiceyourlife announced that we were to make moongdal halwa for december's challenge....I was pretty excited, as I never made it but had it many times. I made it twice. Once with the second recipe and again without soaking the dal (this is my friend's version).

Split (Yellow) Moong dhal - 1 cup
Ghee - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cups to 1 cup (as per required sweetness)
Milk - 1/2 cup (Notes from Lataji - instead of water for the sugar, this gives the khoya added taste, Simran's recipe asked for water)
Cashews/ raisins roasted in ghee for garnish.

Method to Prepare:

  • 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.
  • Garnish with cashews and raisins.
  • 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.

My friends recipe:

1/2 cup moong dal
1/2 cup-3/4 cup sugar(depending on your taste)
1/2 tsp cardamom pwd
1&1/2 tbsps dry coconut pwd or fresh grated coconut
1&1/2 cups water or 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup water
2 tbsps ghee
12-15 cashews
6-8 raisins
1 tsp rose water(optional)
Some saffron strands(for colour)

  • Dry roast the moong dal on very low flame till they turn golden brown(take care not to burn)or nice aroma fills ur kitchen. Cool ,make a coarse powder and keep aside.
  • Heat ghee and roast the cashews and raisins, keep aside.
  • Now add the moong dal pwd and fry on low flame for about 5-6 mins or till it turns into a nice golden brown colour.
  • Add the coconut and saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Add milk and water slowly, 1/2 cup at a time mix well. Avoid any lumps. Add the cardamom pwd and saffron and cook covered on low heat, stirring occassionaly and taking care not to burn the halwa at the bottom.
  • Once the dal is cooked, add the rose watre, switch off, transfer into a bowl , garnish with cashews and raisins.
  • Enjoy!!!!!


Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

the best part of a cooking challenge is that you get to see different verson of the same dish. this moong dal hawa ooks temting...I like the texture, so creamy and gooey.

Swathi said...


your halwa looks good soft and tempting. i liked the taste.

Priya Suresh said...

Beautiful halwa, looks marvellous!!

Sheetal Kiran said...

I really like the addition of coconut in your friend's recipe ... and not having to wait one full night to make it and eat it, makes me want to make it even more! Both your recipes look absolutely delicious, Bhagi!

Bhagi said...

I agree with u u get to see so many different versions.....

Thank you....

Thank you....

Thank you..

lata raja said...

I shall try without soaking too.should be a bit faster! Nicely made halwa.

Swathi said...


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Preety said...

halwa turned out perfect for you

Bhagi said...

@Lata garu
Thanks, do try it.

Thank you for the lovely award

Thank you.....

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