Cook's Hideout: Moong Dal Halwa (Burfi) for ICC

January 15, 2010

Moong Dal Halwa (Burfi) for ICC

For this month's Indian Cooking Challenge (ICC), Srivalli chose this super yummy Moong dal Halwa, recipe courtesy Simran's mom. I started to drool the minute I read the recipe and wanted to make it asap. But the little one hot sick and then passed some germs on to me, so couldn't make it until the last minute.

So on Sankranthi day and with a partially impaired ear (due to infection), I finally made it. I'm sooooo happy with how it turned out. Simran's mom's recipe was perfect and it tasted awesome. I poured the halwa onto a lightly greased plate and when cool enough to handle, cut into squares. My son loved them too.

Here's the recipe from Valli:
Split Moong dal - 1/2 cup
Khowa - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 1/4 cup
Cashews & Raisins - for garnish

  • Lightly roast moong dal and soak in water overnight. In the morning, grind dal with little water to make a smooth paste.
  • In a heavy bottom pan; melt ghee and add the paste. Cook until dal turns slightly brownish and ghee starts to separate.
  • Next add khowa and sugar and cook until sugar is melted and everything is completely incorporated.
  • Once the mixture starts to pull away from the sides, remove onto a lightly greased plate and smooth the top with a spoon.
  • When cool enough to handle, cut into squares and enjoy...


  1. Looks the burfi pieces. Guess using khoya gives a nice texture.
    I have made using milk, looks a lot different though.
    Was just writing a post on it.

  2. looks divine..mine turned out too dry but was divine nonetheless!

  3. lovely halwa..i have never taste dmoong daal halwa..

  4. Fantastic moongdal halwa, awesome clicks..

  5. Wow that burfi looks so delcious.

  6. Photos are so gorgeous. I love the color and shape is perfect too. Good recipe to try.
    I made some Jamun before Trisha went back. After that haven't cooked any sweet, not even for Sankranti.
    I will try this when she is here, as long as I don't add Cardamom pd,kids will eat the Indian sweets.

  7. This is the second burfi halwa i am spotting today. Loved your colour and texture!

  8. The burfi has turned out superb.

  9. First the pictures are superb...makes me drool already, moong dal burfi sounds awesome..cant wait to try your way..

  10. Fantastic pieces! Perfectly faced challenge Pavani, Hope u had a wonderful Sankkranti!

  11. OMG! How fantastic does this look Pavani!! Your photo makes me want to reach right in and grab one ... maybe three :D Lovely, lovely, lovely!

  12. Great idea of making halwa into burfi. lovely color and texture..

  13. Lovely pic Pavani, I love your blog, the halwa goes on my to do list...

  14. This is a hideout indeed... Because u had escaped my eyes all these days.... I mean this blog was kinda hidden from me, for sure...

    That is a perfect burfied halwa.... Perfect in all senses... The color, texture, presentation & perfectly captured for all of us.... Perfect to please our eyes & palate..... Glad I came here, from the place of the event..checking out on all the preps.... I simply loved this prep...... Bringing out the essence of the event perfectly....


  15. Awesome clicks!!Mouthwatering burfi...

  16. Keep on posting such stories. I love to read blogs like this. BTW add more pics :)

  17. There has been so many moong dhal halwa around the blogsphere this definitely is a vry nice and a different sweet!!!


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