Moong Dal Halwa

Moong Dal Halwa

Moong Dal Halwa

Moong dal or Yellow Lentil halwa is popular during festive occasions like Diwali, Holi, Navratri etc. This sweet dish is more popular in the north of India.  You just cannot stop eating once you have this. I became a fan of this halwa when one of my Rajasthani neighbour offered me during diwali. I have learned this recipe from her. Though I have found this recipe to be one of the toughest, but once you get the final result you will forget all your hard work. The only secret to this recipe is to just keep stirring and stirring.

The recipe I have prepared is for one person. You can increase the ingredients as per your requirement.

1 cup moong dal (Yellow lentils)
1 cup clarified butter or ghee (you can reduce the quantity but the taste of the halwa will slightly differ)
1 cup full fat milk
1 cup water
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 cardamom crushed
9-10 pistachios sliced
1 tbsp raisins


  • Soak the moong dal over night or for around 6-7 hours.
  • Drain the water and grid the moong dal to a paste using around 1/4th cup of water.
  • Heat a non-stick kadai and add ghee. Once the ghee is melted add the ground moong dal paste.
  • Keep stirring the paste on a low flame. This will take a long time.It will take around more than an hour to get the desired consistency of the halwa.
  • Keep stirring till the  ghee starts releasing.
  • In an another pan add together milk, water and sugar. Let it come a boil or till the sugar is dissolved.
  • Now add the hot milk to the paste.
  • Mix thoroughly till all the liquid gets absorbed. Once you see the ghee leaving the sides of the halwa it means your halwa is ready.
  • Add the raisins and cardamom powder and mix nicely.
  • Remove the mixture to a serving dish and garnish with sliced pistachios.

This sweet dish is best eaten warm.
You can use low fat milk and use 2 cups of milk instead of water.



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