Saturday, June 7, 2014

Carrot Moong Dal Halwa

I am sort of now getting used to my hectic mornings. After almost a month, it's only natural one gets used to lazy mornings. Though I always wake early, the mornings will be spent loitering around facebook or reading my friends blogs. Now that gets curbed and I will have to allocate a different time to do these activities. 

School reopens next week for the boys and we will have to make them get used to the early mornings. I have strictly told them that they ought to have their breakfast at home before leaving for school. I will have to wait and watch.

Now coming to the recipe of the day, this twist with the regular carrot halwa, is a recipe from Amma. I am not sure if this was her own creation or from her dairy. I just know the taste was awesome and the texture was so creamy and silky. The moong really lends itself to the halwa and you won't even notice it, until being told. We used to be a great fan of Carrot halwa, the one halwa that gets done most at home. And in so many ways as well.

We have sort of given up making sweets at home, at least the traditional ones like Payasam or the halwas, as there are hardly any takers for these sweets. I can never understand how my boys don't like these. Can you believe they have not tasted any of our traditional sweets? The max they have tasted is Son Paddi and that of course is a store bought.

So any sweet now is scarified because of so many health restriction from other family members. However I don't impose a restriction on the dishes my kids eat, like the pizzas or pooris. Well if they don't eat now, when will they ever!

Anyway, now for the recipe that will take your simple meal to another level, you must try this for sure!

Microwave Carrot Halwa
Rice Cooker Carrot Halwa
Carrot Halwa with Condensed Milk
Carrot Moong Dal Halwa

Ingredients Needed:

Carrot, grated - 2 cups,
Moong Dal - 1/2 cup, dry roast and boiled in pressure cook
Milk - 2 cups
Sugar - 1 & 1/2 cups
Ghee - 1/4 cup
Roasted Nuts for garnish (Used Almonds, Cashews and Raisins)

How to make the Carrot Moong Dal Halwa

In a non stick pan, heat ghee and roast chopped nuts, raisins till done. Remove and keep it aside.

Next in the same pan, roast the grated carrots till the raw smell leaves. This takes about 5 - 7 mins on high.

Pressure cook the moong dal and keep it aside.

Then once the carrot is roasted, add the milk and simmer for few minutes. Then bring to boil and cook for 10 mins. Then add the boiled moong dal and sugar together. Mix well. Cook till the moisture evaporates and becomes creamy.

Finally add the roasted nuts and serve hot
This goes for the June Week 1, Cooking from Cookbook Challenge  Group

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Sangeetha Nambi said...

Yum yummy !

Kalpana Sareesh said...

wow i've not come across tis one.. tis shd be yummyyy bookmarked.. U r going to hv a rocking days ahead once ur kids school re opens.. hv a gaala time..

Chef Mireille said...

theres an indian store I always get this from but there's is firmer closer to burfi - love the creamier texture of yours

Karishma Pais said...

Looks lovely. I love carrot halwas and dal halwas. This sounds like a great combination - bookmarking it for one of the occasions when I do make something sweet :)

Priya Suresh said...

Never combined carrot and moongdal together in halwa, this sounds simply awesome.

Nisha Sundar said...

Wow Valli. Such a nice combination. The way you have described it is really tempting me to try to it at once. :)

Sapana Behl said...

Very nice combination and a wonderful desert !

Pavani N said...

Addition of moong dal to carrot halwa sounds so delicious. I'm sure it tasted amazing.

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