Moong Dal Halwa

CWS would like to wish all of you once again a Very Happy, Prosperous, Sweet and Exciting 2013!!

The year began on a positive note for our family with a wedding in India – thanks to the blessings of all the elders.
It has definitely been a pretty busy period with a flurry of  activities over many months leading to the BIG Day!

Seeing all the family and friends under one roof for a number of occasions was an absolute treat!!  For some of our dear friends, this trip was one of their first to India – the ease with which they rallied across every event, enjoying the various occasions –  fun at times, traditional, cultural and spiritual on other occasions.  It was a treat to see them all dressed to the tee  in colourful attire, and most importantly enjoying the true “taste” of  Indian cuisine IN INDIA!!!
The dishes were mostly traditional south indian cuisine, which was new to their palate and of course other familiar dishes from the North of India…

Family and friends who were familiar with the South Indian cuisine were particularly  enjoying the best treats being cooked and served by the experienced, wonderful chefs from the traditional south indian kitchen!!
One such simple yet tasty, delicious and sumptuous sweet treat was served on one of the days at the wedding.  This sweet treat is prepared with yellow moong dal as one of the main ingredient!

Ingredients to serve 4

1 Cup Yellow Moong Dal
2 Cups (to soak the dal)
1 Cup Warm Milk
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup Warm Water
2 Tsp Cardamom Powder
Few Strands Saffron (soak it in the warm milk)
2 Tbs Chopped Cashew Nuts
5-6 Tbs Ghee

Yellow Moong Dal Halwa

Moong Dal Halwa


Soak the moong dal in the two cups of water for 3-4 hours
Drain the water and grind it into a slightly coarse mixture
Add two tablespoons of ghee, fry the cashew nuts till they turn golden brown
Drain the ghee and set aside
Add the moong dal paste to the remainder of the ghee and fry it for a few minutes on a low flame

Add the warm milk with the saffron and the water
Let it cook on medium flame for a few minutes
Add the sugar and stir through the mixture swiftly to avoid lumps till the mixture thickens
Add the remainder of the ghee, cardamom powder and let it cook for a couple of minutes

Garnish it with cashew nuts and saffron for decoration!!