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Moong Dal Halwa

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Moong Dal Halwa is a delicacy of the state of Rajasthan. It is a rich, creamy and pudding-like dessert. Made with split yellow moong dal, this is a popular and delicious dessert for the winter months.

This recipe will serve 4.


  • 1/2 cup split yellow Moong dal, washed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter or ghee
  • 1/2 heaping cup sugar (use ½ cup + 2 tbsp more)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of sliced almonds for garnish


  1. Wash dal thoroughly and soak in 3 cups of water for at least 4 hours.
  2. Drain the water and blend dal into a thick paste, adding just enough water as needed to blend.
  3. Boil water and sugar in a pan over medium heat, for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat. Add cardamom powder and saffron; set aside.
  4. In a non-stick or heavy bottom frying pan add moong dal paste and melted butter.  Mix well.
  5. Turn on the stove to medium heat and fully cook dal paste.  Use spatula to gently press the paste, then fold the paste over and press again.   Repeat this pressing and folding of the dal paste several times until the texture becomes grainy and light brown in color.  This will take approximately 15 minutes, and will have a sweet, mild aroma when it is cooked.
  6. Lower the heat to medium-low. Add syrup to the dal, little at a time. The syrup will splatter as you are adding. Cover and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  7. Remove cover, stir and cook for another minute. Turn off the heat.
  8. Garnish with almonds. The halwa will thicken over time.
  9. Halwa tastes best if it is served warm.

34 thoughts on “Moong Dal Halwa

  1. Dear Manjulaji!

    Thanks for this perfect recipe! I just pinned it on Pinterest. You have made sharing on social media very easy, but you have not added ‘Pin It’ button on your site. Please add it, so we can share easily. This is my kind suggestion to you…

  2. I tried it and came out nice ! But my halwa color was brown instead of orange. May be because I did not put kesar or I rosted more :( But taste was too good.

  3. hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii manjula aunty………..hw r u?i think u’ll be f9 der whre u r staying.by d way where r u aunty i wanna know…………..really the mung dal halwa’s taste is superrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb…………

  4. hi manjula aunty, this halwa is really superb and mouth watering, where are u from aunty? i wish u were my neighbour so i can taste your recipies everday :D, please keep posting more such wonderful recipies so i can learn from you..god bless..

  5. Hello aunty,
    My husband used to crib daily in our so many years of marriage, luckily someone told me about your websites just 6 months back. Now I cook one recipe each day from your website, now cooking comes to me good and tasty n hubby too is happy.

    Thank you so much your recipes are a blessing.


  6. Hello Aunty!

    I tried this moong dal halwa and it turned out to be superb! we loved it, specially my husband, its one of his fav. dessert and loved it.

    Thanks a lot to you….

  7. Hi Manjula aunty

    Yesterday i made bundi ladoo and it was so nice my family enjoyed.but this all hapens only becoz of you. you’r my Gin my all wishes comes true.whenever i want to make some thing i just open your web side and my dish is rady.
    Thankyou so much aunty.


  8. Manjula Ji
    I have been looking & of course cooking a lot of recepie from Ur site.
    Thought of adding something new to Ur collection.

    Moog Dal ka halwa can be made very fast (faster than Ur way) at home – I give U hint of it – Rest U can expand

    Instead of soaking daal – Dry Grind it in normal kitchen grinder, cook well (till light golden brown) in Ghee (as we do for atta halwa) & then pour in mixture of Water & milk (equal quantities) and cook ir further.

    The cooked dal absorbs it all very fast. Feels like heavily mixed Khoya.

    Try it! Its so fast to cook. 5-7 min in total

    sanjay Gulati Musafir

  9. Aunty dis is a great recepie..i love all your videos. i use your recepies in my daily life. you are a blessing for me because i used to hate cooking before. but now thanks to you i can cook all i want. and this mong dal halwa is just awesomeeee..thank you

    Best Regards,

  10. Thank you Manjula aunty, For making this receipe look so simple, I may have become fan of your site :) can’t wait to prepare this delicious dish :)

  11. Hi Manjula Aunty,

    This is the first time I m posting this comment.I love watching ur recipes,and have tried them at home.I got excellent appreciation frm my daughters!!!!!!!! Thnx for the lovely & easy to make dishes!!!!!!!

  12. Love this recipie… cant wait to try this one… my husband loves this halwa but i could not make as the recipies i refered seemed so complicated and tried few times but didnt came out good…

    Next week he is returning from a trip and will surprise him with this halwa… thank you so much for such wonderful recipe..

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