Microwave Ashoka Halwa Recipe | Moong Dal Halwa
Interesting microwave recipe of a South Indian sweet with moong dal.
Ashoka Halwa or Moong dal Halwa is one of my favorite sweet recipe. Protein rich Moong dal is the main ingredient for this dish. Ghee gives richness to this halwa while cardamom powder makes this sweet and exotic dish. Cooked moong dal merges well with these ingredients and transforms into a mouthwatering sweet.
Ashoka Halwa or Moong dal Halwa requires a lot of time and effort when cooked on stove top. The microwave version of this recipe makes it easy and less complicated. Make sure to use a microwave safe glass container or ceramic container. You may adjust the sweetness and increase the quantity of ghee only if required and preferred.
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Use a glass container or ceramic container. Do not use plastic microwave bowl since the cooking takes considerable time in microwave.
- 1/3 cup Yellow Moong Dal (Split)
- 1 cup Water
- 55 ml Ghee
- Cashew nuts , a few
- 1 teaspoon Whole Wheat Flour
- 1/3 cup Sugar
- Food Color , few drops (I used natural food coloring)
- 1 teaspoon Cardamom Powder (Elaichi)
How to make Microwave Ashoka Halwa Recipe | Moong Dal Halwa
To begin making the Microwave Ashoka Halwa Recipe | Moong Dal Halwa, pressure cook the moong dal first. Take a bowl and add moong dal and water. You may soak this for 1 hour (Optional).
Pressure cook moong dal for 3 whistles (or till soft) and once the pressure is released, drain all excess water, take and mash it very nicely. Set aside.
Take a small microwave safe bowl (Only glass or ceramic material). Add ghee (use about 2 teaspoons here) & cashew nuts. Mix well and microwave for 1 minute 40 seconds, or till the nuts are fried. Transfer the fried cashew nuts into another bowl and retain the ghee.
The ghee will be still hot and mix the wheat flour in that. Set aside.
Take a big microwave safe bowl (Only glass or ceramic material). Optionally coat with a spoon of ghee.
Add dal and sugar to the bowl and mix well.
Microwave on high for 4 minutes, stirring in between at 2 minutes. At the end of 4th minute, sugar would dissolve completely. (Microwaves vary in their heating capacity. Keep an eye on how your microwave performs. Dissolved sugar is the key of completing this step.
At this stage, add 1 teaspoon of ghee and microwave for 2 minutes. Repeat this process of adding 1 teaspoon of ghee every 2 minutes until the ghee starts to separate and the mixture comes together. This could take a total of 4 minutes for the quantity mentioned above.
Add food coloring, cardamom powder, fried cashew nuts, wheat flour and 3 teaspoons of ghee. Combine and mix them well and add 3 more teaspoon ghee. You may add ghee additionally also at this stage.
Microwave on high for 1 minute and take off the microwave. You can serve after few minutes.
Microwave Ashoka Halwa Recipe | Moong Dal Halwa is part of the Festival Recipes Contest