Moong Dal Halwa recipe | How to make Moong Dal Halwa

The name Moong dal halwa sounded a little a confusing to me as we never made any dessert using dals. This is the reason why I wanted to try it and I’m glad I tried it because the result was a tasty, lip smacking dessert.

I followed the recipe of Master chef Tarla dalal and after cooking when I tasted the halwa, it reminded me of Lapsi, a sweet dish prepared with broken wheat. We add some grated desiccated coconut to Lapsi and I felt like adding the same to this halwa. It has given a nice flavour to Moong Dal halwa.


Yellow Moong dal – 1/2 cup
Ghee – 1/2 cup
Milk – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Saffron strands (dissolved in 1 tbsp water) – 1/4 tsp
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
Desiccated coconut (grated) – 1 – 2 tbsp (optional)
Almonds – 3 – 4 crushed
Almonds (sliced) and raisins – for garnishing

Also read: Phirni / Rice Pudding recipe | How to make Phirni



  • Soak moong dal in warm water for 2 – 3 hours. Drain and grind into a coarse paste without adding any water.
  • Remove the paste in a plate and separate it using fork.
  • Heat ghee in a non-stick kadhai and add moong dal paste to it.
  • Let it cook on a medium flame for 15 – 20 minutes or till the raw smell of moong dal disappears. Stir occasionally.
  • Add water and milk and cook for 5 – 7 minutes.
  • Now add sugar and cook till it dissolves.
  • Add saffron water, cardamom powder, desiccated coconut and crushed almonds. Mix and turn off the flame.
  • Serve Moong dal halwa dessert bowls garnishing it with almonds and raisins.

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  • Drain moong dal properly. If you find the moong dal paste watery then use a muslin cloth and remove all the excess water.

Have you tried making moong dal halwa? Which recipe do you follow? Do let me know via your comments.

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  1. Natasha Bhatt June 4, 2014
  2. Bhawna Varshney August 26, 2015

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