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moong dal halwa recipe

moong dal halwa - addictive and delicious halwa made from mung lentils.

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moong dal halwa recipe with step by step photos – a popular and rich halwa recipe from north india. moong dal halwa is usually made on celebratory or festive occasions like holi, diwali, marriages etc.

moong dal halwa recipe, moong dal halwa

for this halwa recipe i referred a book on the cuisine of uttar pradesh. the whole process takes a lot of time and work from the hands. you have to stir and stir and stir. this is the first time i made this halwa. i was avoiding making the halwa all the times for obvious reasons. apart from this halwa you can make lot of recipes with moong dal like:

i would suggest to use non stick pan or kadai to make this moong dal halwa. in the step by step pics, you will know why.

moong dal halwa is delicious and one of the sweets you cannot stop eating.  but making this halwa takes a lot of time and effort. so make this halwa on a day when you have plenty of time, patience and energy.

few more halwa recipes you may like are:

moong dal halwa recipe
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moong dal halwa recipe

moong dal halwa - addictive and delicious halwa made from mung lentils.
course desserts
cuisine north indian
prep time 6 hours
cook time 1 hour
total time 7 hours
servings 5 to 6
rough calories per serving 555 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

main ingredients for moong dal halwa

  • 1 cup moong dal (spilt husked yellow mung lentils)
  • 9 to 10 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • 4 green cardamoms, husked and powdered in a mortar-pestle OR ¼ to ⅓ teaspoon cardamom powder (choti elaichi powder)
  • 10 to 12 unsalted pistachios (pista) - sliced or chopped OR 10 to 12 blanched almonds (badam) - sliced
  • 1 tablespoon golden raisins (kishmish)

to be mixed together

  • 1 cup full fat whole milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 or 1.25 cups regular sugar or organic unrefined cane sugar * check notes

how to make moong dal halwa recipe

making moong dal paste

  1. soak the moong dal or mung lentils, in enough water overnight or for 4 to 5 hours.
  2. drain and then grind the moong dal to a smooth paste with 1/4 or 1/3 cup water.

making moong dal halwa

  1. melt ghee in a non stick pan. add the ground moong dal. stir well
  2. keep on stirring the halwa on a low to medium flame. the halwa has the raw aroma of the moong lentils and it should go away completely before you start with the next step. so till then you have to stir and cook the halwa. 

  3. the halwa first is pasty, then starts getting lumpy and then starts breaking down and getting separated with the fat releasing from the sides. break the lumps while stirring.

  4. meanwhile when the halwa is cooking, in another pan or kadai, take milk, water and sugar. keep this pan on the stove top and stir so that the sugar dissolves. on a low or medium flame, heat this milk-water-sugar mixture till it comes to a boil.
  5. the moong dal mixture should reach a granular consistency before you add the hot milk mixture. you should get a fried aroma from the mung lentils and the color should become a light golden. the fat also should get separated.
  6. when the milk mixture comes to a boil, add it to the fried mung lentils.
  7. the mixture sizzles, so be careful while adding the hot milk and water mixture.
  8. stir well. simmer and cook stirring often.
  9. the liquid should get absorbed and once again you will see the ghee getting separated.
  10. lastly add cardamom powder, chopped pistachios and raisins.
  11. serve moong dal halwa hot. you can also garnish with some pistachios and serve.

recipe notes

* 1 cup sugar is just sweet which we prefer. for more sweetness you can add 1 or 2 tbsp more of sugar or add 1/4 cup sugar extra.
* the recipe can be halved or doubled.

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how to make moong dal halwa

1. soak 1 cup moong dal (spilt husked yellow mung lentils) in enough water overnight of for 4 to 5 hours. i soaked the lentils overnight.

soaked and drained moong dal

2. drain and then grind the moong dal to a smooth paste with some water.

grind soaked moong dal

3. melt 9 to 10 tbsp ghee/clarified butter.

heat oil

4. add the ground moong dal.

add grinded moong dal

5. stir well. you see in the pic, from the iron kadai the halwa has shifted to a non stick kadai. when stirring and mixing the halwa in the kadai, it started sticking so much. i did not want to do so much of work… scraping and stirring the halwa. so i shifted the whole halwa mixture to a non stick kadai. it was very very easy to stir the halwa then.

making moong dal halwa

6. keep on stirring the halwa on a low to medium flame. the halwa has the raw aroma of the moong lentils and it should go away completely before you start with the next step. so till then you have to stir and cook the halwa. first the halwa is pasty, then starts getting lumpy and then starts breaking down and getting separated with fat releasing from the sides. in the pic below the halwa is at a stage where it resembles sooji halwa but still with the raw aroma of the mung lentils.

making moong dal halwa

7. so while the halwa is cooking, in another pan or kadai, take 1 cup full fat whole milk, 2 cups water and 1 or 1.25 cups sugar. keep this pan on the stove top and stir so that the sugar dissolves. heat this milk-water-sugar mixture till it comes to  a boil.

heat milk to make moong dal halwa

8. meanwhile the moong dal has got separated. they have a granular consistency now. the aroma & color has also changed and the fat has separated.

moong dal halwa recipe

9. the milk mixture has come to a boil and now needs to be added to the fried moong dal.

boil milk to make moong dal halwa

10. pour the boiling hot milk mixture to the fried mung lentils. the mixture sizzles, so be careful while adding the hot milk and water mixture.

add boiled milk to moong dal

11. stir well.

preparing moong dal halwa

12. simmer and cook stirring often.

preparing moong dal halwa recipe

13. the liquid should get absorbed and once again you will see the ghee getting separated. done finally. it took me a total of about 1 hour to make the halwa on the stove top. add ¼ to ⅓ tsp cardamom powder, 10-12 chopped unsalted pistachios and 1 tbsp golden raisins. i forgot to take pic of this one. this is what too much of working and stirring with hands does to you.

moong dal halwa recipe

14. take a breath of relief, thank your hands. serve moong dal halwa hot.

moong dal halwa recipe, moong dal halwa

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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138 comments/reviews

  1. Split moong green cover should be discarded after soaking

  2. Hi, I usually dry roast dal(till a good aroma and light golden colour appears) and cook for 2 whistles and 5-10 mins in simmer in water . That lowers cooking time, followed by mashing and adding it to ghee and milk then dry fruits. Hope it helps than stirring it long while.Thanks

    • thanks for sharing these super tips kalyani. it will sure help the blog readers.

    • The taste is better always when we roast it longer. Pressure cooker can’t help us make the same taste

  3. It looks great..I will try it surely..thanks for sharing

    • Welcome Mamta

  4. Hi amit.

    I followed the recipe in toto. But my halwa is not leaving ghee as expected and has dried up as well. Can I do anything now to make it as it should be?

    • pranita, just add some boiling hot water in parts and mix well. the dryness will go away and you will get a smooth halwa texture. do not cook further if the consistency is like halwa. if the consistency has become slightly thin, then cook on low flame for some minutes till you get a halwa like consistency.

  5. Thanking your hands… I liked that! well said :))

    • thanks.

  6. I made it and my family loved it!!! I was so apprehensive about making it but thanks to your detailed notes where you mentioned that first the batter will be pasty then lumpy and finally it will separate else i would have thought that i messed up!! Thanks so so much and pls do not delete your app 😢

    • Welcome Pallavi. Glad to know that instructions helped you to make this moong dal halwa. Its becoming difficult to manage the app. you can check the recipes in the website as the app is the exact replica of website. in fact website is better than app.

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