An awesome recipe which is famous all over India . This calorie laden halwa is often prepared during the winter months, as it is supposed to keep the body warm and protect it from the bitter winter cold. It is considered to be auspicious for Holi and Diwali and it even features on wedding menus.
- 1 cup yellow Moong dal
- 2 cup milk, warmed
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- a few saffron strands
- 8 tbsp ghee
For the garnish
2 tbsp sliced almonds and pistachios
Soak the moong dal in water for 3 to 4 hours.
Drain and grind to a coarse paste using very little water.
Dissolve the saffron in 1 tablespoon of warm milk and keep aside.
Melt the ghee in a broad non-stick pan.
Add the moong dal paste and stir the mixture continuously on a low flame till it becomes golden brown.
Add in the warm milk and cook, stirring continuously till all the moisture has been absorbed.
Add the sugar and cook on a slow flame till the ghee separates.
Add the saffron and cardamom powder and mix well.
Garnish with slivers of almonds and pistachios. Serve hot.