Wednesday 22 August 2012

Ashoka Halwa

We @ Avant Garde are cooking Multi cuisine this week - starting with our own Tamil cuisine. Ashoka Halwa was one of the sweets in our Engagement Menu. That was the first time I tasted it. Loved it sooo much. I even requested it to be included in the Wedding Menu. And it holds a special place in my heart. When I saw this recipe in Nalini's blog, I knew I had to try making it.

Today, we celebrate our 7th Anniversary of our Engagement! 

It is a comparatively easy Halwa. It will be ready before you know it, if prepared in small quantities. There is not as much stirring to do as in the case of most Halwas. It came out as good as the ones in our wedding :-)

Moong Dal : Sugar : Ghee ratio recommended by Nalini is 1:2:3. But as she did I stopped at 2 cups of ghee. It tasted pretty good with that as well. But ofcourse, it will be better with more.


Moong Dal 1 cup
Sugar 2 cups
Ghee 2 cups
All Purpose Flour/Maida 4 tbsp
Caradamom 1/2 tsp
Orange food colour a pinch
Cashews a few
Raisins a few

Method of Preparation

1. Cook the Moong Dal with enough water in a pressure cooker till it is well cooked. It should be mushy. If it still has its shape, just run it in the mixie.

2. Heat a little ghee in a pan. Fry the cashews. Keep aside.

3. Add the raisins and fry and keep aside.

4. Add the maida and stir till it gets a slight brown colour.

5. Now add the Moong Dal and stir till it starts to come together.

6. Add the sugar, cardamom powder, food colour and 1 cup of ghee. Mix and keep stirring till the sugar melts and the ghee is almost absorbed. Make sure there are no lumps formed.

7. Add more ghee and stir again.

8. Once done, switch off and garnish with cashews and raisins.

Tip : Once you are done enjoying, if there is any left you can keep in fridge. Just before eating, keep in microwave it softens and the ghee melts around and gives it the same fab taste as fresh made halwa.

Check out the other AGC thoughout this week 

Linking this to Celebrate Month of Shravan - Event by Jagruthi hosted by Sangee


  1. Happy engagement Anniversary Rosh. This is a very traditional sweet from my native. Love the presentation Gal.

  2. wow....super yummy n inviting halwa...

  3. Many more wishes on your engagement anniversary Roshni..convey Chandra too. The halwa looks yummy and what a lovely presentation...tempts me a lot :)

  4. happy engagement anniversary :) halwa looks tempting..

  5. I am drooling over here.. Superb

  6. happy engaversary!! and that halwa looks so delicious and fudgy and glossy and what not yummy??

  7. happy anniversary dear... halwa looks so divine...

  8. Happy anniversary Rosh,glossy ashoka halwa looks irresistible, my fav anytime.

  9. Happy engagement anniversary,what a coincidence yesterday was our 10th engagement anniversary and for my engagement also Ashoka was the sweet in the menu...Thanks for trying this awesome sweet,perfectly made and looks delicious...

  10. Love this..My favorite sweet.My MIL make this awesome sweet often

  11. superb, very delicious loved the color

  12. happy engagement anniversary! :D Superb halwa! Never tasted it though. Gonna try it out soon

  13. Belated engagement anniversary wishes to you dear....Ashoka halwa is one of my favorites..and this one looks very delicious

  14. lovely presentation and the halwa looks finger-licking good. happy 7 years of knowing ur better-half :)

  15. Top class :) and excellent presentation!!!

  16. Rosh, i tried this halwa for a temple potluck. Everybody liked it there. Thanks for the recipe !

    1. thanks sree for trying and thank you the feedback.. glad you guys liked it

    2. Some experts from the group were suggesting to dry roast the moong dhal before cooking it. They said it will increase the taste even more. Happy New Year to you and everyone at home !!!

  17. Hello Roshni,

    I tried this halwa and it came out very well. It was wonderful.

    Please check at