Rich and delicious Mung Dal Halwa is very popular sweet from North India mostly made during winters .as it keeps the body warm since it is made in pure desi ghee and nuts . Mung Dal Halwa easy to make..just few ingredients and this yummy halwa is ready though the stirring part is a tad bit more but the end result is worth it...Mung dal halwa taste best when eaten warm..Its rich loaded with ghee and nuts So definitely not for the faint hearted...
I have added Mawa/khoya to this delicious Mung dal halwa,you may skip ,It will still turn delicious..
1 cup mung dal/split yellow gram
100 gms mawa/khoya
3/4 -1 cup ghee/dalda/clarified butter
1 to 1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
nuts as needed
few saffron strands
4 cups milk
Soak the mung dal for 5-6 hours .
Grind it to a coarse paste without adding any water.
Take a heavy bottomed pan /Non stick pan/Non stick kadhai and heat ghee/dalda
Once the ghee has melted add the mung dal paste and fry over low heat ,you have to fry it till it turns light golden brown it will take some time ,keep stirring continuously
Add Mava and sugar and continue to stir
Add milk and saffron/kesar ,cardamom powder and cook for few more minutes until the halwa starts leaving ghee from sides and all milk had been soaked up.
Add chopped almonds and Cashews .
Though desi ghee gives this halwa a unique taste ,dalda will also work well,I have used dalda and ghee in equal amount means 1/2 cup ghee and 1/2 cup dalda
You can adjust the amount of sugar according to your taste
Adding mava/khoya is optional ,you amy skip.
This halwa stays well for a week or more keep it refrigerated in an airtight container and heat the required amount when you feel like having