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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

ashoka-halwa-recipe
I tasted ashoka halwa only in my marriage, before that, I have never tasted the sweet or know that such sweet exists. My FIL arranged and brought 2 chefs (thavisu pillais)  from our native side and they cooked awesome food for our marriage. This ashoka sweet for one it was red in colour as they had used red food colour. Other than that, I never knew about the recipe. It was yumm that what I knew. After I started blogging, I saw the recipe in a Laavanya’s blog, tried and posted the picture as well. It’s Vj’s favorite sweet, that’s why I tried. I added a lots of ghee in it, still it came out sticky. I was not sure why it became so sticky that time, but now when I made this yesterday, I realised I should have cooked the halwa more. Such a simple mistake, but that point of time I never understood.
moong-dal-halwa
After that I never got confidence to try. But last week during our usual chat with my friends, I again got this reminded. My friend Suji sent me a recipe as she have tried several times. Only thing I altered was ghee as I tried to be safe. Otherwise I followed the same. The texture was really smooth.
This sweet is famous in Thiruvaiyaru as well as Tanjore. I have never tasted from these places, I hope someday I get a chance to taste Happy. This is also called Asoka halwa or moong dal halwa too.

Full video for Ashoka halwa :



Ashoka halwa recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Sweet
Prep Time 5 Mins    |  Cook time: 30 mins     serves: 6

Ingredients

Moong dal (paasi paruppu) – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1 cup

Ghee – 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp

Wheat flour – 1 tbsp

cardamom  powder – 1/4 tsp 

Food colour – 1 pinch

Cashew nuts – 8


Method

  1. Pressure cook moong dal with 2 cups water and mash it really smooth. I used my hand blender and gave a pulse, you can also do this using mixer. If its already mashed smooth you can skip grinding.
  2. 1-cook
  3. Mean while, In a pan, heat 2 tbsp ghee, first fry cashew nuts until golden, keep aside and switch off the flame.
  4. 2-fry-cashews
  5. Fry wheat flour in the same hot ghee it until fragrant, taking care not to burn it. Keep aside.
  6. 3-fry-flour
  7. In a heavy bottomed pan or non stick pan, heat the cooked dal with sugar. Add ghee 1 tbsp at a time. Mix well until it gets incorporated with the moong dal sugar mixture and again add another tbsp and repeat until done with the ghee.
  8. 4-sugar
  9. The colour of the moong dal mixture turns transparent as you cook. Once thick, add food colour and mix well.
  10. 5-food-colour
  11. Add cashew nut, cardamom and  lastly the fried wheat flour with ghee. Once you add wheat flour, the mixture will thicken and keep cooking, it will start leaving the pan and ooze ghee. Do in medium flame.
  12. 6-cashews
  13. Once halwa consistency reaches, that is the ghee oozes out and becomes glossy, switch off the stove.
  14. 7-ready

Notes

    • Pressure cooking moong dal with 4 cups water ensures it is cooked soft. This makes easier while you mash the dal. If the dal is not mashed well, it will stay same in the halwa and wont be smooth.
    • Instead of wheat flour, you can also use maida (All purpose flour).
    • My friend told she adds only 2 tbsp of ghee and still it comes out good.
    • After completely cooling down, the ghee gets frosted, and gives a grainy texture. So heat a bit before you serve to make it smoother.
    • You can add more wheat flour too but I like it minimum.

Flavorful and delicious moong dal halwa aka ashoka halwa. Special Diwali recipe Winking.
ashoka-halwa

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48 comments:

  1. Awesome....very nice raji...u hv lots of patience....halwa looks tempting..

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  2. Awesome....very nice raji...u hv lots of patience....halwa looks tempting..

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  3. My Amma is from Tanjore she keeps raving about how she relished it during her childhood . I too wish to eat it there from there someday. This looks absolutely sinful and delicious. Awesome pics as always :)

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  4. Love ur blog Raji akka... The colour of halwa makes my mouth watering... Beautiful pics
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  5. Looks yum and lovely texture

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  6. What :O Please don't ruin such special recipe!! Its a specialty of North Indians. From where you got to know about food color?? we never use food color in this special recipe. The Technic behind this halwa is just roast roast and roast ..Tats it!! you may change measurements as per your taste buds...but you cannot play with authenticity of the dish. I know this critic comment will not be displayed but ti hardly matters to me. I just wanted to convey the exact thing to you. You usually do great work raks...keep it up. but since you are so famous now...don't try to manipulate some criteria which may affect the authenticity of the dish.

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    1. Ruhi saxena- excuse me?? As Rak has mentioned its authentic and popular South Indian sweet and I have grown up eating this Ashoka halwa. She is not manipulating any North Indian recipes. And of course she is famous are you jealous? Can you cook like her? If you can't say something nice don't say anything and stay away! Don't act too smart. First prove yourself that you can achieve something like her. Empty vessels make more noise!

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    3. Ruhi saxena- You are misled by your own preoccupied misconceptions. Moong dal halwa, a famous rajasthani delicacy, which is in your mind is entirely different from the ashoka halwa mentioned here.

      moong dal halwa u mean doesnt need pressure cooking of dal. I remember one has to soak it for a period and grind it as such. It drinks lots and lots of ghee. It takes much effort roasting it over long period of time. it has some granular consistency. No doubt its an delicacy.

      But , down south , in another ancient town , there is another sweet made with moong dal, but in different steps. one need to pressure cook dal for this recipe. you will be surprised, its taste is entirely different from the dish u mean.

      Just because, same besan flour transforms into besan ladoo, mothi chur ladoo, pakora....etc.... can u say all are same ????

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    4. Please don't comment before knowing about any thing fully.this is entirely different from your moong dal halwa. Moreover she is not new to blogging .

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    5. Ruhi saxena.. its an authentic south indian recipe famously known as Thiruvaiyaaru Ashoka.. Better think before commenting whatever comes to you.. If you feel its similar..you can put it in a better way..This is not the way to comment..

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    6. @ critic commenter Ruhi saxena. Now you can see the author of this blog is honest and gutsy enough to publish your critic comment. What she has posted is the famous THIRUVAYARU ASOKA. Now if you have any decency apolgise to Ms. Raji.

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  7. Looks yummy!!! I'll try this

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  8. Ruhi saxena- excuse me?? As Rak has mentioned its authentic and popular South Indian sweet and I have grown up eating this Ashoka halwa. She is not manipulating any North Indian recipes. And of course she is famous are you jealous? Can you cook like her? If you can't say something nice don't say anything and stay away!

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  9. Thanks for posting. i love the quantity of ghee. Will try ur version. Happy Diwali. This is Tanjore special. Not the North Indian Moong dal halwa.

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  10. I am from Tanjore. This halwa is famous thiruvaiyaru ashoka halwa...

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  11. I am from Tanjore. This halwa is famous thiruvaiyaru ashoka halwa...

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  12. I am from Tanjore. This halwa is famous thiruvaiyaru ashoka halwa...

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  13. My fav halwa.. I remember attending wedding to taste this halwa..looks perfect raks

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  14. Ruhi - Please think twice before accusing someone. Without knowing the facts, please don't jump into conclusions!! Manipulate??? What the hell do you know about this sweet?? Please measure your words before you speak and its clear that you are jealous of Raji!! Please don't accuse anyone like this without knowing..

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  15. Wow,looks soo yummy Raji :) have to try it soooon...

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  16. Why your pictures are like this. It's tempting me a lot to try now itself. Great Great work. Go ahead

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  17. Why your pictures are like this. It's tempting me a lot to try now itself. Great Great work. Go ahead

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  18. Wow... tasty halwa... I ate this 1 time from thiruvaiyaru... till I remebered that taste...

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  19. Wow.. Looks yummy...

    Please post preparation of Bengali sweets, would like to try it....

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  20. Nice presentation raji. Thank u for your mouth watering pics and showing easy steps also..

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  21. Nice presentation raji. Thank u for your mouth watering pics and showing easy steps also..

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  22. Perfect as usual. Do u hv recipes to make flavoured yogurt? Pls post it if any

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  23. Perfect as usual. Do u hv recipes to make flavoured yogurt? Pls post it if any

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  24. wow!........what a mouth watering receipe. Thanks

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  25. Raji: thanks for this fantastic recipe. Brings back happy memories from childhood days, just hearing the ashoka halwa name!

    I have been following your blog for some time now. You rock girl!

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  26. Looks yummy :-) :-) Gonna try it :-) :-) Nice click Raks :-) :-)

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  27. Looks yummy :-) :-) Gonna try it :-) :-) Nice click Raks :-) :-)

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  28. Hi Rai, I admit that I visit your blog everyday but never turned to leave a comment. But this post , pics and your presentation made me to leave a word. Thanks for sharing this authentic dish. Gonna try this weekend. Keep rocking..

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  29. Hi raks.. I ve been trying ur recipe and they turn out sinfully tasty.. never thought of leaving a coment until I saw this halwa n brought down beautiful memories.. thanks for sharing. Just a small hint..

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  30. Ashoka halwa has an unique texture .We can feel it in our tongue .

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  31. Thank you all for your replies :)

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  32. So much support for you raks, good to see that so many fans for your cooking. More than comments for this halwa it's your fans support against single Comment. I am one among them, keep doing :)

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  33. Thanks for the post...yummy

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  34. wow... Gonna try this recipe for diwali...

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  35. Hi,
    I am keralite and 10 years back visited Tanjavoor for a marriage function and had halwa named Asoka Halwa .My tamil friend told me its a moong dal based one. Raks, will try your recipe. Dont upset on silly comments. Awaiting more deewali recipes .Happy cooking

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  36. This is my 3rd year since I started following your website. I was searching for Badam halwa for Diwali 2 yrs back and that is how I came across. I wish you a very Happy Diwali and many more years to go. Keep rocking. I will start my Diwali with Asoka Halwa.

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  37. Tried your halwa yesterday. It was excellent. But i did a mistake,since i was in a hurry i did my halwa in high flame so it became thick very soon.. even though it was gud..thank u raji :)

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  38. Hello raji, yummy yummy sweet. Instead of wheat flour shall I use cornflour ??

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  39. You can try. But maida or wheat flour is recommended.

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  40. Hi Raks! Love your blog. Your sweets are just awesome. I've tried many of them. I was looking out for this recipe for a long time. I think it's better than the Moong dal halwa,which is ghee laden.
    The comment made by Ruhi is in bad taste.
    There are many north Indians living in south India, which in itself is proof of our (south Indian) tolerance and hospitality. When we are all becoming pan- Indian this comment about north and south is retrograde in nature.

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  41. Awesome halwa. Can u pls tell me what kind of vessel is that. Is it ceramic? It comes so well just like nonstick

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  42. hi Raks , pics are so tempting ...love this halwa ...im from thanjavur . going to try now ..

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