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Ashoka Halwa Recipe

Written By Angela Steffi on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 9:35:00 PM

Ashoka halwa is a delicious sweet recipe made with just few ingredients - Moong Dhal , wheat flour  and sugar. Not like other halwa recipes this Asoka halwa can be made quickly in few minutes, the process is simple and straight forward, it is easy to follow as well. This recipe is enjoyed by both kids and adults its healthy too.. This recipe does not require more ghee, we can always reduce the amount of ghee if you prefer. 

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Serving Size          :  4

Preparation Time : 15 minutes

Cooking Time       : 20 min


Quantity Ingredients for Asoka Halwa Recipe
1/2 cup Moong Dhal (Paasi Paruppu) 100 gram
2 tbsp  Wheat flour or Maida
1 cupSugar (200 gram) 
1/2 cup Ghee (120 ml)
2 tbsp Cashews
1 pinch Red or Orange food color (optional) 
1/2 tsp Cardamom powder

Cooking Method

Step 1) Wash the moong dal and add it to a cooker . Add enough water ( I have added 1.5 cup water ). Cover the cooker and cook for 4 whistles  or until the dhal is nice and mushy.

Step 2) Mash it well or transfer the cooked dhal to a mixer and grind it smooth. Make sure to slightly cool the dhal  before grinding.

Step 3) Melt 4 tbsp of ghee in a pan and roast the cashews, once they turn golden take it out of the pan and keep it aside. Now in the same pan add the wheat flour and roast for a minute until the raw smell is gone. ( Wheat flour is added to get texture) .

Step 4) Then add the mashed dhal and cook for few minutes. Once it starts to thicken add sugar and mix well. The mixture loosens as soon as we add sugar. Keep it on a medium heat and cook until everything thickens.
Cook on a medium heat

Step 5) Gradually add in the rest of the ghee, 1 tbsp at a time and keep on cooking. The mixture thickens soon and rotates together without sticking to the pan. Finally add food color (mix with water and then add ) and mix well until the color is distributed evenly.

Step 6) Now add cardamom powder to get nice flavor, roasted cashews and also add 1 tbsp ghee  and mix well. Cook for few more minutes and turn off the heat.

That's is our delicious Asoka halwa is ready to be enjoyed. You can add some nuts on the top to make it attractive.Please do try the recipe and enjoy with your friends and family
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About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


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