Moong Dal Halwa is one of the popular Indian Sweets made during festivals. This halwa is made with split yellow moong dal, this is a delicious and sinful dessert to enjoy anytime.
This week is all about cooking for different festivals. I picked up Raksha Bandhan and wanted to make some special sweets that are made for this day. Raksha Bandhan is one of the most important Indian Festivals. While it may have originated and observed in the north states of India, the significance or the practice is now followed all over India. I remember celebrating this festival from my childhood. While I have never actually tied a rakhi to my own brother, I have two rakhi brothers, to whom I have been tying the rakhi since childhood. After school, I have been sending the rakhi by post and I greet them on phone on that day.
At home, hubby dear gets his rakhi from his two sisters every year and we also make Konda tie rakhi to her brothers. I used to make some sweets for the day, and later it changed to chocolates when I realized my boys won’t eat any sweets.
While I have made Moong Dal Halwa on many occasions, and have so many versions of the same, this halwa is mostly cooked on Raksha Bandhan and I wanted to share what Amma made for this festival.
There was this version of Moong Dal Halwa that I made during Valentines, then this Moong Dal Halwa for ICC and another one with a different method. Well basically you get to enjoy Moong dal Halwa in different forms. We had made this during the picnic meal we cooked sometime ago. I didn’t find time to click the pictures again, so sharing those now.
Moong Dal Halwa
1 cup Split Yellow Moong Dal
1 cup Sugar
1.5 cups Milk
.5 cup Water
1/4 cup Ghee
10 Cashews roasted in ghee
Wash and soak the split yellow moong dal for 15 mins. Drain and let it dry over a muslin cloth for 30 mins.
Then dry roast the dal till it turns to a nice golden colour. Allow to cool completely.
Pulse to a fine powder.
Heat a nonstick pan with 2 tbsp ghee, roast the cashews, remove and keep it aside.
Next add the dal powder and roast the moong dal powder in low flame for 5 to 7 mins.
Then slowly add the sugar and let it complete melt well.
Then add milk slowly, till it is absorbed well. Alter with add ghee by teaspoon and little water.
Cook this on low flame until you complete the ghee, milk and water. This takes about 15 to 20 mins.
Add roasted nuts to garnish finally.