Moong Dal Halwa


Moong Dal Halwa

Moong Dal Halwa

Moong Dal Halwa is a delicacy of the state of Rajasthan. It is a rich, creamy and pudding-like dessert. Made with split yellow moong dal, this is a popular and delicious dessert for the winter months.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 1/2 cup split yellow Moong dal, washed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter ghee
  • 1/2 cup sugar add 2 tablespoon more
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom powder
  • few strands saffron
  • 2 cups water

For Garnishing

  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds


  • Wash dal thoroughly and soak in 3 cups of water for at least 4 hours. Drain the water and blend dal into a thick paste, adding just enough water as needed to blend.
  • Boil water and sugar in a pan over medium heat, for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat. Add cardamom powder and saffron; set aside.
  • In a non-stick or heavy bottom frying pan add moong dal paste and melted butter. Mix well.
  • Turn on the stove to medium heat and fully cook dal paste. Use spatula to gently press the paste, then fold the paste over and press again. Repeat this pressing and folding of the dal paste several times until the texture becomes grainy and light brown in color. This will take approximately 15 minutes, and will have a sweet, mild aroma when it is cooked.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low. Add syrup to the dal, little at a time. The syrup will splatter as you are adding. Cover and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove cover, stir and cook for another minute. Turn off the heat. Garnish with almonds.


 The halwa will thicken over time.
Halwa tastes best if it is served warm.
Keyword Dessert, Halwa, Rajisthani Dessert
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Moong Dal Halwa: A Rich and Indulgent Vegan Dessert

Moong Dal Halwa is an Indian dessert made from moong dal (split mung beans), ghee (clarified butter), sugar, and flavoured with cardamom and saffron. This rich and aromatic dessert is a favorite during festivals and special occasions such as diwali or holi

Tips for Making Perfect Moong Dal Halwa (Vegan):

  1. Soak Moong Dal: To ensure a smooth texture, soak the moong dal in water for at least 4 hours overnight before cooking. Soaking helps soften the dal and reduces the cooking time, resulting in a smoother halwa.
  1. Use a Non-Stick Pan: Use a non-stick pan or a heavy-bottomed pan to cook the Moong Dal Halwa (Vegan) to prevent it from sticking to the bottom and burning. Stir the halwa frequently to ensure even cooking and prevent lumps from forming.
  1. Garnish with Saffron: Infuse the Moong Dal Halwa (Vegan) with the exotic aroma and vibrant color of saffron by soaking a few strands of saffron in warm water and adding it to the halwa during cooking. Garnish the halwa with additional saffron strands for a luxurious touch.

Variations of Halwa:

  1. Gajar ka Halwa: Gajar Ka Halwa is a classical Indian dessert, this is also known as gajrala. Gajar ka Halwa is a delicious and popular sweet made with few ingredients, carrots, milk, sugar and flavored with cardamom.
  2. Atta Ka Halwa: Atta ka Halwa, is a delicious sweet dessert. This is easy to make and with few ingredients. Atta ka halwa is made with whole wheat flour, sugar, and clarified butter, flavored with cardamom.
  3. Sooji ka Halwa: Sooji Halwa is a very popular sweet dish all over India and is made on religious occasions, as parsad.
  4. Sweet Potato Halwa: Sweet Potato Halwa, an eggless pudding, stands out as one of the simplest Halwa recipes to prepare. Infused with the delicate and distinctive flavors of cardamom and cinnamon, it serves as a deliciously warm dessert ideal for chilly winter evenings.

FAQs about Moong Dal Halwa (Vegan):

Can I use other lentils for Moong Dal Halwa (Vegan)? 

While moong dal is traditionally used for making Moong Dal Halwa, you can experiment with other lentils such as chana dal (split chickpeas) or urad dal (black gram) for a different flavor and texture.

How long does Moong Dal Halwa (Vegan) last? 

Moong Dal Halwa (Vegan) can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat the halwa gently in the microwave or on the stovetop before serving.

Can I make Moong Dal Halwa (Vegan) without sugar? 

Yes, you can make Moong Dal Halwa (Vegan) without sugar by using natural sweeteners such as jaggery, maple syrup, or agave syrup. Adjust the sweetness to your taste preference and enjoy a healthier version of this classic dessert.

Is Moong Dal Halwa (Vegan) gluten-free? 

Yes, Moong Dal Halwa (Vegan) is naturally gluten-free, making it suitable for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease. However, be sure to check the labels of any packaged ingredients to ensure they are gluten-free.

Moong Dal Halwa (Vegan) is a rich and indulgent dessert that’s perfect for special occasions or as a sweet treat to satisfy your cravings. 

With its creamy texture, aromatic flavors, and wholesome ingredients, it’s sure to become a favorite among vegans and non-vegans alike. 

Whether enjoyed warm or cold, on its own or with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream, Moong Dal Halwa (Vegan) is a true delight for the senses.

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38 thoughts on “Moong Dal Halwa

    1. Swetu, after adding the water it becomes hard to cook, a suggestion I have not tried but I think this should work spread halwa over microwave safe plate and cook 2 minutes stir and again cook for 1 or 2 minutes. let me know if it worked


  2. Dear Manjulaji!

    Thanks for this perfect recipe! I just pinned it on Pinterest. You have made sharing on social media very easy, but you have not added ‘Pin It’ button on your site. Please add it, so we can share easily. This is my kind suggestion to you…

  3. hi manjula aunty, this halwa is really superb and mouth watering, where are u from aunty? i wish u were my neighbour so i can taste your recipies everday :D, please keep posting more such wonderful recipies so i can learn from you..god bless..

  4. Hello aunty,
    My husband used to crib daily in our so many years of marriage, luckily someone told me about your websites just 6 months back. Now I cook one recipe each day from your website, now cooking comes to me good and tasty n hubby too is happy.

    Thank you so much your recipes are a blessing.


  5. Hello Aunty!

    I tried this moong dal halwa and it turned out to be superb! we loved it, specially my husband, its one of his fav. dessert and loved it.

    Thanks a lot to you….

  6. Hi Manjula aunty

    Yesterday i made bundi ladoo and it was so nice my family enjoyed.but this all hapens only becoz of you. you’r my Gin my all wishes comes true.whenever i want to make some thing i just open your web side and my dish is rady.
    Thankyou so much aunty.


  7. Manjula Ji
    I have been looking & of course cooking a lot of recepie from Ur site.
    Thought of adding something new to Ur collection.

    Moog Dal ka halwa can be made very fast (faster than Ur way) at home – I give U hint of it – Rest U can expand

    Instead of soaking daal – Dry Grind it in normal kitchen grinder, cook well (till light golden brown) in Ghee (as we do for atta halwa) & then pour in mixture of Water & milk (equal quantities) and cook ir further.

    The cooked dal absorbs it all very fast. Feels like heavily mixed Khoya.

    Try it! Its so fast to cook. 5-7 min in total

    sanjay Gulati Musafir

  8. Aunty dis is a great recepie..i love all your videos. i use your recepies in my daily life. you are a blessing for me because i used to hate cooking before. but now thanks to you i can cook all i want. and this mong dal halwa is just awesomeeee..thank you

    Best Regards,

  9. Hi Manjula Aunty,

    This is the first time I m posting this comment.I love watching ur recipes,and have tried them at home.I got excellent appreciation frm my daughters!!!!!!!! Thnx for the lovely & easy to make dishes!!!!!!!

  10. Love this recipie… cant wait to try this one… my husband loves this halwa but i could not make as the recipies i refered seemed so complicated and tried few times but didnt came out good…

    Next week he is returning from a trip and will surprise him with this halwa… thank you so much for such wonderful recipe..

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