For Indian Cooking Challenge (ICC)-December, Srivalli has chosen Moongdal Halwa. When I saw the announcement I was very excited. Since I hadn't made any North-Indian style halwa's before, so I couldn't wait to try it.
I have followed Recipe # 2, for me it took about 50 mins to get to the Halwa stage. I had fun making them and enjoyed them warm, with lots of nuts and raisins.Thanks Srivalli, Simran and Lata ji for the recipe and trying it out for us.
Moongdal halwa was very apt for the occasion as well, made this for Sankranthi y'day in place for our regular Sweet pongal. We all enjoyed it very much.
- Split (Yellow) Moong dhal - 1 cup (I have used, split moongdal with husk)
- Ghee - 1/2 cup
- Sugar - 3/4 cups to 1 cup (as per required sweetness)
- Milk - 1/2 cup (Notes from Lataji - instead of water for the sugar, milk gives the khoya added taste, Simran's recipe asked for water)
- Cashews & Raisins roasted in ghee for garnish.
- Soak 1 cup moong dal overnight. Next morning, grind to a paste.
- Heat a heavy Kadai, take initially only 1/2 of the ghee and heat it.Add the dhal and stir continuously, not allowing lumps to form. This part is very tricky as the dhal cooks really fast, irrespective of the ghee.
- Keep the heat at the lowest and keep stirring even after the dhal becomes thick.Add the rest of the ghee intermittently and cook the dhal until aromatic and the ghee starts oozing out.
- Meanwhile mix the sugar with water/ milk in a pan and bring to a boil. Add this slowly to the cooking dhal.
- Keep the fire low at all times and break lumps if formed while adding the sugar and water/ milk mix.
- Cook until the ghee surfaces.Garnish with cashews and raisins.
- Use a thick bottom pan or better nonstick pan.
- Don't leave the halwa unattended. The dal can stick and it can go from just done to burnt in a second so keep stirring as much as possible. You should remember to keep stirring to prevent dhal from sticking irrespective of the ghee added.
- You aren't looking for the halwa to get too thick when you turn off the heat. It was thicken as it cools.
- Cook until ghee surfaces on the sides and the halwa attains a very nice shine.
Initially, it may appear that all the ghee is being used up. But as the dhal cooks the ghee separates. So the ghee measure is sufficient.
- In both recipes depending on how you got the moong dal paste, you may require slightly more ghee to get the texture
- Though original recipe didn't call for roasting the dhal before soaking, Lataji felt roasting it a bit gives more fragrance.
* Halwa looks bit green in color, since I have used the moongdal with husk which gives this color.
Off this goes to Indian Cooking Challenge( ICC) challenge, hosted by Srivalli.
Have a Good Weekend, Everyone!