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Preparation Time : 15
Cook Time : 30
Total Time : 45
1cup split yellow Moong dal, washed
3/4 cup ghee
1cup sugar or to taste
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
4Pinch of saffron
4cups of water
Wash dal thoroughly and soak in water for at least 4-6 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 gheer. 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 10-15 minutes,. It 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. mix well and cook till dry. Remove cover and stir.Turn off the heat.
Garnish with sliced nuts and glazed cherries. serve Moong dal halwa warm.
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