Moong Dal Halwa Recipe (Warm Lentil Pudding with Nuts and Spices)

Moong Dal Halwa is a delicious lentil pudding that is made the roasted split yellow mung lentils that is then slow cooked in milk and ghee. Make this dish for a special occation or festival like Diwali or when you have a dinner party with an Indian Menu at home. It makes a perfect warm winter dessert as well.   Yellow Moong Dal (Split), Sugar, Ghee, Milk, Slivered Almonds (Badam), Cardamom Powder (Elaichi), Saffron strands   1 cup Yellow Moong Dal (Split) 1 cup Sugar 1 cup Ghee 1/2 cup Milk 1/4 cup Slivered Almonds (Badam) 1/2 teaspoon Cardamom Powder (Elaichi) 6 Saffron strands     20   90     To begin making the Moong Dal Halwa Recipe, soak the mung lentil in 2 cups of water for 3 hours. Drain the water and grind into a coarse mixture using the food processor adding just enough water for it to spin the processor.Melt the sugar in 1-½ cups of water and boil it until it reaches a single string consistency in a saucepan. Warm the milk and soak the saffron in the milk allowing it to soften and release the flavor and color. You can optionally rub the saffron with your fingers in the milk for the color and flavor to get a more intense.Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan on medium heat; add the ground lentil and reduce to the heat to low stirring the mixture continuously, allowing it to turn golden brown from its yellowish texture.The above process of cooking the lentil in low heat is very crucial to a delicious tasting halwa. It takes a good half an hour for it to cook in the low heat and get to a beautiful golden brown state. Take care not to turn the heat to high to speed up the process.The low heat cooking helps the lentil to cook well and turn brown evenly releasing the perfect rustic aroma.Once the lentil is well cooked and reached a golden brown state; add the warm sugar syrup and saffron milk and stir to combine the mixture evenly.Continue to stir on low heat until the mixture thickens releases itself from the sides of the pan; this process would take another 20 to 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the sliced almonds and serve hot.Serve the Moong Dal Halwa as a dessert when you make elaborate lunches for your friends and family or during festive and special occasions or after a one pot meal of One Pot Spicy Vegetable Pulao Recipe with Coconut Milk or One Pot Vangi Bath Recipe.