Moong Dal Halwa Recipe, How to make Moong Dal Halwa Recipe | Moong Dal Ka Halva

Moong Dal Halwa Recipe | How to make Moong Dal Halwa Recipe | Moong Dal Ka Halva | Halwa Recipe | Indian Dessert made with Yellow Lentil | Moong Dal ka Halwa

Moong Dal Halwa is a popular and rich halwa recipe from North India. Moong dal halwa is delicious and one of the sweets you cannot stop eating but making this halwa takes a lot of time and effort.

Basically I am from North India, so I really enjoyed this mithai especially in festive occasions like marriages etc., it's very famous over there.

I am really excited to share my experience with moong dal halwa with you all.

This is my first attempt to making "Homemade Moong Dal Halwa" and it comes perfect and yummy :), my husband really liked it and become a fan of homemade sweets rather than market sweets ;) :D The taste so delectable that I am sure you’ll fall in love with this dessert just like me :) 

It is a delicious desert is often made for an auspicious or a pooja, it could also be a festive occasion like Diwali, Ganesha chaturthi or a religious ceremony conducted in our home or simply make them for any celebrations and enjoy them. The appearance is satisfying and flavors too are rich, moist and yummy. 

For this recipe, I referred a book on the cuisine of Rajasthan, I love the culture and food both from this cuisine and clothes too :D The whole process takes a lot of time and work from the hands, because you have to stir and stir and stir. this is the first time i made this halwa. 

Festival Season is just around the corner! Thursday 17, 2015 Ganesh Chaturthi celebration starts at my home and Indian mithai is best way to start the celebrations. 

Moong dal halwa is delicious and one of the sweets you cannot stop eating but making this halwa takes a lot of time and effort. So make this halwa on a day when you have plenty of time, patience and energy. 

This is a very long process so I'll show you the step-wise pictures, so you can't miss any step while making halwa.
If you are looking for more Indian sweets recipes then do check 
sooji halwa,  
motichoor ladoo
rava kesari,  
besan ladoo,
meethi seviyan and many more.....

Let's start making of moong dal halwa recipe with step by step photos.

Ingredients :

Moong dal/split husked yellow mung lentils - 1 cup
Desi ghee/clarified butter- 9 to 10 tbsp
Cardamom Powder - 1/2 tbsp
Dry fruits of you choice, I used 10-12 unsalted pistachios, sliced or chopped or 10-12 sliced almonds
Raisins - 1 tbsp

to be mixed together:

Full fat whole milk - 1 cup
Water - 2 cups
Sugar - 1 cup ( or adjust it according to your taste)

Note** - I would suggest to use non stick pan or kadai to make this moong dal halwa. 

Preparation Method :

1.  Soak the moong dal in enough water for 3 to 4 hours. 
2. Drain well and blend in a mixer to a coarse paste without using any water. Keep aside.

3.  Melt the ghee. 

4. Add the ground moong dal. Stir well, from the iron kadai the halwa has shifted to a non stick kadai. When stirring and mixing the halwa in the kadai, it started sticking so much.  

Tip** - If this same situation happened with you also, like me don't panic..just put all the sticky mixture in a grinder and just grind it once or twice see the below pic, then start cooking procedure in a non-stick kadai.

5. Keep on stirring the halwa on a low to medium flame. The halwa has the raw aroma of the moong lentils and it should go away completely before you start with the next step.

6. So till then you have to stir and cook the halwa. First the halwa is pasty, then starts getting lumpy and then starts breaking down and getting separated with fat releasing from the sides. 
In the pic below, the halwa is at a stage changing the color but still with the raw aroma of the mung lentils.

7.  The moong dal has got separated from the fat, they have a granular consistency now. The aroma & color has also changed and So take it outside in a bowl and keep it aside.

8.  In the same non-stick kadai, take milk, water and sugar. Stir so that the sugar dissolves. 
Heat this milk-water-sugar mixture till it comes to a boil.

9.  The milk mixture has come to a boil and now needs to be added to the fried moong dal.

10. Stir well. 

11. Simmer and cook stir often continuously.

12. The liquid should get absorbed and once again you will see the ghee getting separated. 
13. Now add cardamom powder, chopped pistachios and raisins. 

14. Stir continuously so all the water and milk get absorbed with moong dal.
15. Done finally, it took me a total of about 1 to 1.30 hour to make the halwa on the stove top. 

16. Take a deep breath of relief, thank your hands that moong dal halwa is ready to serve hot. Garnish with chopped/sliced nuts of your choice :)

I do little bit creativity not exactly we can say it's called creativity, just for fun..when halwa is cold, I added little bit oil in hand, take a mixture of halwa and I made small small moong dal barfi using with halwa only :D You can make n number of shapes....

Add 1 pistachio or raisin on top of every barfi. Sometimes for this small small things your sharing of food with ur friends and family is double :) :D

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Happy Cooking and Enjoy :) :)


  1. Jolly, I can almost smell the aroma of that yummy halwa! looks fabulous!

  2. This sounds delicious! I have never actually tried halwa, but love all the fruits and nuts in there, sounds like my kind of sweet :)

  3. I love Moong halwa and shall be making by following your recipe the next :)
    Thnaks for sharing!

    1. Hey thanks dear Madiha..must try and share your feedback !!

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  5. So yummy..We can also make it by using drymoong dal powder to prevent it sticking when frying in will take lesser time.taste some differs...instant racepi......

    1. Oh gr8 Upasana thanks for the info..will try with dry moong dal powder next time..thanks for liking it :)

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  7. very tempting one dear! Halwa looks so so delicious. Happy Ganesha Chaturthi to you :-)

    1. Hey thank you so much dear Kushi..wish you the same dear :)

  8. Oh wow! This is such an awesome recipe, Jolly. I love moong dal halwa, and this one looks so inviting. Yummy share my friend! :)

  9. it is simply mouthwatering Jolly....the good chef

  10. OMG! This is so good Jolly. I love moong dal halwa. Looks so inviting and very very delicious. Perfect and delicious recipe. YUMMY!

    1. Thanks a lot deepa, even I love moong dal halwa too :)

  11. Such an yummilicious share dear chef...lovely...

  12. Perfectly done halwa.
    .so delightful treat

  13. Yummy!! Yummy!! One of my fav sweet