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How to make Moong Dal Halwa – (Easy & Delicious)

  • Prep Time
    15 Mins
  • Cook Time
    1 Hour
  • Serving
    2 People
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How to make Moong Dal Halwa

How to make moong dal halwa step-by-step process. Moong dal halwa is the North Indian dessert that everybody loves to have. Moong dal halwa is made of moong lentil, sugar, ghee, and cardamom powder that taste delicious with a lovely aroma.

The moong dal halwa is prepared in various festivals, marriages, occasions, and is also served as a prasad because of its sweetness, flavor, and soft texture.

So, let’s know about how to make moong dal ka halwa. 


Origin of halwa 

The word halwa is taken from the Arabic word ‘Hulw’ meaning sweet. The method of cooking halwa was first found during the Ottoman Empire. Suleiman, the tenth Sultan of the empire, made a separate kitchen for sweet items among which halwa is one of them.

This sweet Turkish delight was prepared by the confectioner with three ingredients they are- starch, fat, sweetener. The first recipe of halwa was seen in the 13th century Arabic Kitab al-Tabikh (The Book of Dishes) written by Muhammad ibn al-Hasan Ibn al-Karim. 

The book includes eight different halwa recipes. Among these recipes, the most common one is the use of sugar and then dissolving it in the water, followed by heating, and then converting it into tile-like stacks.

Other ingredients like dates, nuts are used for texture. While, cardamon, camphor, and rose water added for a lovely aroma. 

The moong lentil is originated in India. It spread in early times to other Asian countries and later on to Africa, Australia, America, and West Indies. India is the largest producer of moong dal followed by China.

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About moong ka halwa

Halwa is one of the common dessert of many households, the different varieties of halwa including- gazar halwa, lauki ka halwa, badam halwa, and suji halwa are commonly prepared in India.

Moong dal halwa is tasty but takes a lot of time to achieve that perfect taste and texture. We have to stir the moong halwa a lot so that the raw aroma of moong lentil should go away. 

To make moong dal halwa it is better to use a nonstick pan or Kadai also it takes a lot of effort, time, and energy to prepare so please be patient otherwise the dessert might ruined. So, let’s go further and look at how to make moong dal halwa. 



Making of Moong Dal Halwa

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 1 hour

Serving – 2 people

Cuisine – North Indian

Course – Desserts


Ingredients of Moong ka Halwa

  • ¼ cup ghee
  • 1 ½ cup moong dal soaked and paste
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons saffron-infused water
  • ¼ tablespoon cardamom powder
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 cup sugar


For Garnishing

  • Pistachios (Pista)
  • Almonds (Badam)
  • Raisins (Kishamish)


How to make Moong Dal Halwa Recipe

1. Firstly, soak 1 ½ cup moong dal in enough water for about 6 hours. 

2. After 6 hours you will notice that the quantity will be double. Drain and then grind moong into a thick paste with some water. 

3. Now melt ¼ cup ghee in a nonstick paste then add moong dal paste in it. Stir well.

4. Keep stirring halwa on a low/medium flame until the raw aroma of moong lentil goes away.

5. So, till the time halwa is cooking. We will boil 1 cup of water in a pan.

6. Now add 1 cup milk to the cooked dal, cook it again until milk is completely absorbed by the dal. 

7. Add saffron-infused water in halwa and mix it well. We will notify the halwa now have a granular consistency and the aroma and color also changed.

8. Now add ½ tablespoon cardamon powder and 1 cup boiling water.

9. Stir well and add 3 tablespoons ghee and 1 cup sugar in it. On a low flame cook well and stir.

10. The liquid should absorb and ghee should begin to separate. When you notice this the halwa is done. Turn off the flame.

11. This recipe is ready to garnish with chopped pistachios, almonds, and raisins. 


How to serve 

The tasty, soft, and sweet moong dal dish is perfect for all festivals whether Holi, Diwali, or you can serve as a prasad, for any occasion, or simply you can enjoy this delicious dish after the meal.


Nutrition of Moong ka Halwa

The nutrition facts are-

  • Calories- 555
  • Fat- 26g
  • Cholesterol- 64mg
  • Sodium- 33mg
  • Potassium- 642mg
  • Carbohydrates- 72g
  • Fiber- 7g
  • Sugar- 47g
  • Protein- 12g


Wind Up 

We hope you enjoy how to make moong dal halwa. Try out this mouth-watering recipe at home and indulge in its deliciousness and sweetness.




  • Daily Value*
  • Fat: 26g
  • Chlosterols: 64mg
  • Sodium: 33mg
  • Carbohydrates: 72g
  • Protein: 12g
  • Potassium: 642mg
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 47g

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