Moong Dal Halwa Recipe

Moong Dal Halwa Recipe

40 min
2-3 People
15 min

Moong Dal Halwa: A Tasty Indian Dessert





Hey there, foodies! Chef Ajay here, and today I'm thrilled to show you the delicious recipe of Moong Dal Halwa. This recipe holds a special place in my heart, as it brings back fond memories of my childhood.


The kitchen where my grandmother cooked the Moong Dal Halwa was smelled wonderful with ghee-roasted moong dal. When I took a bite of her Moong Dal Halwa for the first time, I knew I had found something special. The creamy texture and wonderful smell were like a warm hug.


Fast forward to today, and I'm excited to share this cherished recipe with you.


Moong Dal Halwa Recipe


Portions: 5-6 servings

Preparation Time: 15 mins

Cooking Time: 30 mins

Calories: 231 kcal per portion





  • 1 cup Yellow Moong Dal
  • 1/4 cup Sooji (Semolina)
  • 1 cup Mawa (Khoya)
  • 1 cup Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cardamom Powder
  • 2 tbsp Almonds (sliced)





  1. Soaking and Grinding Moong Dal:

    • Soak one cup of Yellow Moong Dal in sufficient water overnight. Drain the water thoroughly.
    • Grind the soaked moong dal into a coarse paste using a mixer. Set aside.
  2. Roasting Sooji:

    • In a deep non-stick kadhai, heat one cup of ghee and add a quarter cup of sooji.
    • Roast the sooji in ghee until it releases a delightful aroma. Switch off the flame and let it rest.
  3. Cooking Moong Dal and Sooji Mixture:

    • Add the ground Yellow Moong Dal paste to the kadhai, mixing it with the roasted sooji.
    • Switch on the flame and cook the mixture over medium flame for approximately 40 minutes, stirring continuously.
  4. Preparing Sugar Syrup:

    • Dissolve one cup of sugar in water to create a sugar syrup with one-string consistency.
  5. Combining Sugar Syrup and Moong Dal Mixture:

    • Pour the prepared sugar syrup into the cooked dal and sooji mixture, stirring well to combine.
    • Continue cooking the halwa over medium flame for an additional 5-7 minutes.
  6. Adding Cardamom Powder and Mawa:

    • While stirring continuously, add two tablespoons of cardamom powder and one cup of mawa to the halwa.
    • Cook the mixture over medium flame for an additional 4 minutes or until ghee starts to ooze out.
  7. Garnishing and Serving:

    • The Moong Dal Halwa is now ready. Garnish it with sliced almonds and an extra sprinkle of mawa.
    • Serve warm, either on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delightful contrast.


Moong Dal Halwa is a popular dessert because it is rich, creamy, and salty. It is great for parties or when you just want something sweet. Enjoy the treat and the memories it makes!




About the Recipe


Enjoy Moong Dal Halwa, a dessert that was inspired by the rich culinary history of North India. This recipe was made with love and combines the healthy benefits of moong dal with the richness of ghee and the sweetness of sugar.


The ingredients are balanced. For example, the slow roasting of moong dal in golden ghee is a custom that gives the dish its own flavour, making it a treat for both tradition and taste.


Whether you are celebrating a holiday or just want something sweet, Moong Dal Halwa is the answer. Every bite reminds how much love and skill went into making thi dessert.



Cooking Tips


1. Patience is Key:

To make the best Moong Dal Halwa, you need to be patient. Let the moong dal roast slowly in ghee until it turns a golden colour. This slow process brings out the best flavour.


2. Quality Ingredients Matter:

For a good taste, choose high-quality moong dal, ghee, and sugar.


3. Garnish Thoughtfully:

When adding a garnish, do not just think about how it looks. Chopped nuts like almonds and walnuts give the halwa a great crunch and make the texture better overall.



Pairing Guide


1. Adrak wali Chai:

For a classic experience, serve it with a hot cup of Adrak wali chai. The strong flavors of the chai go well with the sweetness of the halwa.


2. Fruits:

Serve Moong Dal Halwa with mango slices on the side for a cool change. The fruity freshness will make every bite taste great.





Frequently Asked Questions About Moong Dal Halwa


Q1: Is Moong Dal Halwa difficult to make?

A: While it requires patience, the process is straightforward. Follow the steps diligently, and you'll be rewarded with a decadent dessert.


Q2: Can I use yellow moong dal instead of the split variety?

A: Stick to split yellow moong dal for the authentic texture. Yellow moong dal might alter the consistency of the halwa.


Q3: How do I store Moong Dal Halwa?

A: Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat portions in a pan or microwave before serving.


Q4: Can I reduce the quantity of ghee for a lighter version?

A: While ghee contributes to the richness, you can experiment with a slightly lesser quantity if you prefer.


Q5: What's the significance of slow-roasting the moong dal?

A: Slow roasting imparts a nutty flavor to the dal, enhancing the overall taste of the halwa.


Q6: Can I make Moong Dal Halwa without sugar?

A: Sugar is integral to the sweetness of the halwa. You can adjust the quantity based on your preference, but omitting it might alter the traditional taste.


Q7: Are there variations to this recipe?

A: Some variations include adding khoya or condensed milk for added richness. Feel free to experiment while staying true to the core ingredients.


Q8: Can I make Moong Dal Halwa in advance for a party?

A: Absolutely! Prepare it a day in advance, refrigerate, and reheat before serving.


Q9: What nuts work best for garnishing?

A: Almonds and pistachios are classic choices, offering a delightful crunch. You can also experiment with cashews.


Q10: Can I serve Moong Dal Halwa at room temperature?

A: While it's traditionally enjoyed warm, you can serve it at room temperature if you prefer a different experience. Reheat individual servings as needed.


Congratulations, you now know everything you need to know to make Moong Dal Halwa perfectly. Enjoy this delicious dessert and make some memories while you are making it.