Moong Dal Halwa
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A festive essential in India, especially during the fall and the impending winters, this rich moong dal halwa (husked green lentil) redolent from the desi ghee and almonds will surely remind you of your fondest childhood memories. Bonus: Needs only 8 ingredients (including garnish) and just about 45 mins!
Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
  • ½ cup husked green lentil (moong ki dal) - pre-soaked in water 5-6 hours
  • ½ cup ghee or clarified butter.
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ tsp powdered chhoti elaichi
  • 4 Tbsp slivered and roasted almonds, raisins handful if desired.
  1. Wash dal and grind coarsely in a food processor or mixer.
  2. Mix the milk and water in a saucepan and heat it.
  3. Add the sugar to the mixture, bring to a boil, make sure the sugar is dissolved and keep hot till needed.
  4. In a heavy kadahi, or copper bottomed degchi, mix ghee and dal, and stir fry over low heat till fried well. Make sure you keep stirring the mixture so that it doesn't stick.
  5. Add milk mixture to the fried dal and stir well to mix together.
  6. Cook over low heat till the liquid is absorbed.
  7. Keep cooking or stir-fry till the fat separates. You can literally see the ghee at the sides of the dal.
  8. Mix in the cardamom powder and half the almonds.
  9. Transfer on to a serving dish, decorate the Moong Dal Halwa with the rest of the almonds,raisins, add a small piece of varq and serve hot.
  10. Goes really well with a side of chai and masala mathri. Or even with some vanilla ice cream.
Recipe by La Petit Chef at