Instant moong dal halwa

Hellos everyone, how’s everyone doing?  Would I sound filmy?  if I say love is in the air.

At least it feels so when we go out to the market or watch television or listen to the radio. It’s a beautiful time of the year, everyone seems to be planning something special for their loved ones. I am sure you all love this flowery, chocolaty, gifty season. I am in love with all this for sure.

Although it’s all chocolaty and red out there I plan to take a different route, still keeping it sweet and simple. Today we will make an instant version of a classic Indian dessert, the Moong Dal halwa (drum roll please). 

INstant Moong dal Halwa

Isn’t it a good idea to surprise your loved ones with a dessert that tastes better than the store bought, made especially for him/ her with loads of love. Won’t you be happy to get such a lovely surprise? I am sure I will love to have something made with love. Valentines or not we all love desserts right?  and classics never go out of fashion.

This moong dal halwa recipe is an easy one, hard to believe? I know how can moong dal halwa be easy?  What if I say it’s much easier and quicker than the regular soaking, grinding and cooking recipe? Sounds better right?

It is a much quicker recipe that doesn’t need any soaking, so less of planning, however, it still is a great tasting moong dal halwa, so it does require that constant stirring :) . My tip here would be to go small in quantity, don’t try to make a big batch but start small anyways the Moong dal halwa is a heavy dessert, not to forget a healthy one.

In case you lost track here are the reasons for you to try this Instant Moong dal halwa recipe:

  • It’s a special day and you want to surprise your loved ones.
  • Your kids want something sweet and you want to keep it healthy, (do check out my recipe for moong dal payasam)
  • You want to try a different dessert
  • Want an easy version of the moong dal halwa recipe.


As I said it is an easy recipe, not a lot of steps. Before we get to the recipe let me give you some pointers to keep in mind,

  • Dry roast the dal just till it’s light brown and you start getting the nice smell
  • Grind the roasted dal in small batches so that you can get a coarse mixture, we don’t want a powder, nor we want it to be too grainy. (I wanted my dal to be a bit finer)
  • keep the quantity small it will be easier for the first time.

Its time now to check out the recipe for our lovely and tasty instant moong dal halwa

Instant moong dal halwa
Serves 4
An instant recipe for the classic indian dessert moong dal halwa
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
  1. Moong dal yellow:1 cup
  2. Ghee: 1/2 cup
  3. Sugar: 3/4-1 cup
  4. Milk full fat: 500ml
  5. Water: 1 cup
  6. Cashews:5-6
  7. Almonds-5-6
  8. Pistachios:5-6
  9. Cardamom: 4-5
  1. In a heavy bottomed pan dry roast the moong dal for 5-7 minutes till it is lightly brown and starts to give a nice aroma.
  2. In a grinder coarsely grind the moong dal handful at a time, to make sure all the dal is evenly ground.
  3. In a heavy bottomed pan put 4 tsp ghee and add the dal, cook the dal while stirring to get a nice brown color for 5-6 minutes,
  4. Now add milk and water and cook for another 30-35 minutes on medium flame or till the milk is reduced and the dal is cooked, keep stirring to make sure the halwa doesn't stick to the bottom and burn.*
  5. Once the halwa is thicker, add the sugar and cardamom seeds and stir well, now you need to make sure the halwa doesn't get burn so keep stirring.
  6. Add left over ghee and keep stirring, it will take 10-15 minutes before the right consistency is achieved and the ghee starts to separate.
  7. Chop the nuts and add to the moong dal halwa.
  8. Serve hot garnished with nuts.
  1. You might want to add a little more milk / water to the halwa to ensure moong dal is completely cooked. Thus grinding to the right texture is cruicial to this recipe.


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