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Lip-smacking moong dal halwa

Published: 18th Oct 2021 1:27 am

By-Indira Ireni

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Ashoka Halwa, a famous variety of halwa from Tamil Nadu, is also referred to as Moong dal halwa, a delightful delicacy, across north India. The preparation differs from Asoka to Moong dal halwa though made with split green gram lentils, sugar and ghee. Ashoka halwa is prepared on celebratory and festive occasions especially in Thanjavur (Thiruvaiyur) and is also called as Thiruvaiyur halwa. It is served in most of the weddings across Thanjavur and Tamil Nadu. It is soft, glossy in comparison with Moong dal halwa. It is made a coarse and flaky, but is moist and delicious.

This mouth melting sweet can be an ideal after meal dessert, and completes the festive or celebratory occasion perfectly. It can be served warm with dollops of nuts over it or can be topped with a scoop of ice-cream of our choice which definitely would take us to the next level. Ideal for prasadam as it is a festive season.

Cuisine: Indian dessert
Serves: 04

*Preparation time : 45 minutes


  • Green gram dal : 1 cup
  • Ghee : 3/4 cup
  • Cashews : A handful
  • Raisins : A handful
  • Wheat flour : 2 tbsp
  • Sugar : 1 cup or as needed
  • Colour : a pinch (optional)
    *Cardamom : 3 nos powdered


  • Take a cup of green gram dal, dry roast it until it changes colour and is aromatic.
  • Wash it twice and add it to a cooker with two cups of water to it, cook it for three whistles.
  • Let it cool down completely, drain off the excess water, add it to a mixie jar and grind it to a fine paste.
  • Add some ghee to a pan and roast the dry fruits, add a handful of cashews and roast until change in colour.
  • Add a handful of raisins, roast, transfer them to a separate bowl.
  • Add two tbsp of wheat flour to it, roast it on low flame for a while until aromatic.
  • Add ground moong dal paste, mix well, add some ghee and keep stirring it continuously.
  • Cook it for 10 to 15 minutes stirring it continuously on low flame only.
  • Add a pinch of colour of our choice, it’s optional.
  • Add a cup of sugar, keep adding ghee and cook it until it separates from the bowl and ghee is released.
  • Add the roasted dry Fruits and mix well.
  • Add three powdered cardamom or 1/2 a tsp cardamom powder, mix well and turn off the flame.
    *Halwa is ready.

YouTube Link for Asoka Halwa / Moong Dal Halwa: – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIOHlF7WPLg

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