Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Ashoka Halwa

I saw this recipe in Roshni's blog and had immediately book marked it. With Valentine's Day around the corner, I thought this would be a nice one to make. It came out delicious and the procedure is relatively easy.

The moong dal : sugar : ghee ratio recommended is 1 : 2 : 3. But I used only 2 cups of ghee. It tasted pretty good with that as well. But ofcourse, it will be better with more.


Moong Dal - 1 cup
Sugar - 2 cups
Ghee - 2 cups
All Purpose Flour/Maida - 4 tbsp
Caradamom - 1/2 tsp
Orange food colour - a pinch
Cashews - a few
Raisins - a few


  • Cook the Moong Dal with enough water in a pressure cooker till it is well cooked. It should be mushy. If it still has its shape, just run it in the mixie.
  • Heat a little ghee in a pan. Fry the cashews. Keep aside.
  • Add the raisins and fry and keep aside.
  • Add the maida and stir till it gets a slight brown colour.
  • Now add the Moong Dal and stir till it starts to come together.
  • Add the sugar, cardamom powder, food colour and 1 cup of ghee. Mix and keep stirring till the sugar melts and the ghee is almost absorbed. Make sure there are no lumps formed.
  • Add more ghee and stir again.
  • When the halwa starts leaving the sides of the pan, its done, switch off and garnish with cashews and raisins.

Delicious Ashoka Halwa is ready!!!


  1. wow.. looks soooo good.. can just have that bowl all by myself... thanks for trying and giving me feedback.. i have made it many times and it has never failed to impress.. :-)

    1. Thanks Roshni. I would also be adding this to my frequently made sweets :-)

  2. Yummay Halwa looks colourful soooo delicious
    Sai Padma Priya

  3. Never thought of adding maida to the halwa.I think it acts as a good binding agent.Thanks . Ramani