Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Chana Dal Halwa

Spelled "halvah" in English, is used to describe many distinct types of sweet confections, across the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, and the Balkans.

It is a warm satisfying dessert, typically eaten at the end of the meal in India.

250 gms split Bengal Gram (Chana Dal)
150 gms ghee ( clarified butter)
150 gms sugar ( modify according to taste)
1 cup full cream dry milk powder
8-10 powdered cardamoms
2 tbsp crushed cashew nuts
1 tsp Rose water
Few strings of Saffron

  • Soak chana dal in water for 1 hr.
  • Blend it with minimum water to a make a thick paste.
  • Fry dal in ghee in a heavy bottom skillet on medium fire till it becomes light brown in color and starts omitting a delicious toasty aroma.
  • Mix with ricotta cheese and sugar. Stir it for 10 minutes.
  • Add dry milk powder, dry fruits and cook for another 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add powdered cardamoms, saffron threads and rose water.
  • Serve hot.

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