Moong Dal Halwa – Indian Mung Bean Dessert

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Moong Dal Halwa is a delicious and aromatic dessert from North India, but popular all over the country. Served hot with some lovely vanilla ice cream this moong dal sweet is just perfect!


Halwa is an Indian dessert that is made in a lot of homes all over the country. I’m sure you’ve heard of and eaten dudhi halwa or kaddu ka halwa or apple halwa or even custard powder halwa or even sojee halwa. But moong dal halwa, that’s a really delicious one too!

The best moong dal halwa I ever tasted to date was at an office party at the Leela Mumbai way back in 2003. Went back for seconds too – for that and their baked Alaska.

What is moong dal halwa you ask? Moong dal ka halwa is a rich Indian dessert made with split yellow lentils, ghee, and sugar. It tastes so heavenly, it has to be classified as decadence. It’s pretty easy to make mung daal sweet at home, but just a little time-consuming as you need to soak the lentils beforehand.

It’s always fun to make mung halwa and serve it to friends who aren’t Indian. They try to identify it for quite some time and are really surprised when I tell them that we make this dessert with yellow lentils.

Have this mung daal ka halwa on a cold winter’s day and you’ll be as warm as a toast. Or have it cold, you’ll love it either way. Anyways, here’s how to make moong dal halwa at home. Comfort food at its best!

What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Moong Dal Halwa?

All you need to make this delicious moong dal halwa is moong dal which is split yellow mung lentils, ghee, powdered sugar, cardamom pods, and saffron as well. Also rose petals and almonds to garnish. And if you’ve bought extra rose petals, try my rose and coconut barfi next time. Or perhaps some homemade rose wine?

How To Make Moong Dal Halwa?

While making halwa, moong dal needs to be tender enough to cook. Start by soaking the split yellow mung lentils in water. You can keep this overnight or for about 3 hours if you are in a hurry to make it. Once it has soaked well, drain the water from the moong dal. Then add the soaked moong to a mixer-grinder and grind until you have a slightly coarse paste. If you need more water, you can add some to help with the grinding. But remember, the more water you add, the longer it will take to dry the halwa while cooking it later on.

Soak the moong dal in a bowl.
Soaked Moong Dal
Grind the moong dal in blender.
Grind the moong dal

Heat the ghee (clarified butter) in a kadai (deep Indian dish like a wok) and when it melts, add in the ground moong paste and mix well.

Heat the ghee in a pan.
Heat the ghee

Stir the mixture continuously on a medium flame. The moong dal has a raw taste so you need to keep stirring until it is properly cooked. It should turn a darker golden color and have a lovely roasted moong dal aroma.

Add the moong paste to the hot ghee.
Put the moong paste in a deep dish

You will notice the texture will change in the process. It will go from mushy to lumpy to grainy. This is when you will add the powdered sugar and mix well and cook for a few minutes more. Then add in the strands of kesar and also the crushed cardamom for an even more delightful flavor.

Add saffron to the moong dal halwa.
Add saffron
Add crushed elaichi to the moong dal halwa.
Add crushed elaichi

Have a taste to see if it’s okay. You don’t need to do this, but really, why not? I always taste test what I make. It helps to know if I need to add something else before it’s done. Lastly, add a bit more ghee and stir the mixture for a few more minutes. And your Moong Dal Halwa is ready.

Add a few tablespoons of ghee on top.
Add a few tablespoons of ghee on top

Serve in an earthen bowl and garnish with almond flakes and rose petals. Looks delicious, doesn’t it? Okay, seriously, serve it in any nice bowl you have! Take a bite and let me know what you think in the comments… The detailed recipe is below as always!

Moon Dal Halwa is ready to serve.
Indian mung bean dessert moong halwa
Sprinkle with almonds and rose petals Moong Dal Halwa is ready to serve.
Sprinkle with almonds and rose petals, Moong Dal Halwa is ready to serve

Cooking Tips And Tricks

  • Remember to soak the moong dal in water for a while before grinding. overnight is best!
  • Do not grind the dal to a completely fine paste, leave it a little coarse.
  • You can add milk or mawa to make this easy moong dal halwa recipe even more richer.
  • Use powdered sugar, so you do not have to worry about coarse sugar melting.

FAQ’s About Moong Dal Halwa

Moong dal is called yellow split gram in English. It is the inside of a green lentil or a whole mung bean.

Moong Dal Halwa can be stored in an air-tight container for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator or in the freezer for about 3 months.

Moong Dal i.e. the split yellow lentil from which Moong Dal Halwa is made does have a good nutritional value.

Moong Dal Halwa is also called moong ki dal ka halwa, moong dal sweet or mung dal ka halwa.

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Sprinkle with almonds and rose petals Moong Dal Halwa is ready to serve.

Moong Dal Halwa | Indian Mung Bean Dessert

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Moong Dal Halwa is a delicious and aromatic Indian dessert made of split yellow lentils. Served hot or warm, this moong dal sweet is just perfect!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Soaking time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Diet Gluten Free, Hindu, Vegetarian
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 258 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups Water To soak the Moong Dal
  • 200 Grams Yellow Moong Dal Split
  • 150 Grams Ghee (Indian clarified butter)
  • 120 Grams Powdered Sugar Powdered
  • 1 teaspoon Saffron (Kesar)
  • .5 teaspoon Green Cardamon Pods (Choti Elaichi) Crushed

To Garnish (Optoinal)

  • 6 Almonds Slivers
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Rose Petals

Instructions
 

  • Soak the moong dal (split yellow lentils) in water overnight or if in a hurry, for at least 3 hours.
  • Drain the water and grind the mung dal in a mixer grinder to a slightly coarse paste. Add a little water to help with the grinding if required. But remember, the more water you add, the longer it will take to dry while cooking later.
  • Heat ghee (Indian clarified butter) in a kadai (deep dish pan) and add the ground moong dal paste.
  • Cook the moong dal for about 20 – 25 minutes until you get a golden colour and an aroma of roasting.
  • Then add in the powdered sugar, follwoed by the kesar (saffron) and crushed cardamoms, and cook for 5 – 8 minutes.
  • Lastly, mix in 2 more table spoons of ghee and stir for a few minutes.
  • Optional – Garnish with almond slivers and rose petals and serve!

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Notes

  • Remember to soak the moong dal in water for a while before grinding. Best overnight, but for at least 3 hours minimum. 
  • Do not grind the dal to a completely fine paste, leave it a little coarse.
  • You have to roast the moong dal paste to bring out the flavour.
  • You can add milk or mawa to make even more it richer.
  • Use powdered sugar, so you do not have to worry about the sugar crystals melting.

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Nutrition (Per Serving)

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg

Disclaimer: Nutrition Information per serving is estimated by a third party software based on the ingredients used, and is for informational purposes only. It will vary from product to product, based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients. Please consult the package labels of the ingredients you use, or chat with your dietician for specific details.

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Pinterest images of adding elaichi and saffron to the halwa and ready Moong Dal Halwa.

2 thoughts on “Moong Dal Halwa – Indian Mung Bean Dessert”

  1. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe. my family loved it. will be sharing this recipe with my friends. they will like it.5 stars

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