Sunday, February 16, 2014

Asoka halwa

This halwa is one of Thanjavur's popular dish. We used to buy this halwa in a store called Bombay Sweets and enjoy. Good old days.

Moong dal- 1 cup
Wheat flour- 2 cups
Milk-1/4 cup
Sugar- 2 cups 
Cashew nuts , cardamom powder, edible camphor, red color- to taste

  1. Dry roast the moong dal till raw smell is gone.
  2. Pressure cook moong dal until well cooked. If the dal is not too paste like, blend it with blender or in a mixie and make it smooth.
  3. Now in a pot, add a little ghee and sauté cashew nuts till golden brown and keep aside. 
  4. In the same pot, add the wheat flour and sauté till raw smell is gone .
  5. Now in a separate bowl, add the moong dal, sugar , wheat flour and mix well. Return it to the pot and stir well until halwa consistency.
  6. Add the color powder now and mix well. Add some milk if the halwa becomes too thick. Add more ghee for consistency.
  7. Turn off stove and add the edible camphor and cardamom powders and the already sautéed cashew nuts and mix well. 
  8. Enjoy. Make sure you lick your fingers/spoon well after done.
Note: I am not a big fan of food coloring and hence have not added a lot of color. If you want more red color, please feel free to add more food color.