Thursday, March 14, 2013

Chana Dal Halwa

Cooking Time : 30 mins

Today , I am posting my second Challenge for the well known event organized by Divya from youtoocancookindianfood - SNC Challange. This time Swasthi from South team challenged north team with Hyderabadi Dum Biriyani. Krithi from North team challenged South team with Channa Dal Halwa..

As I am from South team, I have completed my challenge by trying Chana Dal Halwa. I had this Halwa once long time back and now I got a chance to prepare it. I don't know that it is a Mughal Cuisine till I read Krithi post. Thanks Krithi for sharing such a delicious Halwa. It has such a good taste when Refrigerated. My family enjoyed it. Coming to the Recipe..




INGREDIENTS:

Chana Dal1 cup
Sugar1/2 cup - Adjust according to taste
Milk2 cups
Cardamom Powder2 pinch
Almonds8 - Chopped Lengthwise
Ghee3/4 cup




STEPS:
  1. Wash and soak chana dal in water for 4 hrs. Pressure cook with 2 cups of water till the chana dal is cooked. Allow the cooker to cool. Drain the excess water and mash the dal well to a thick paste using spatula.
  2. In a wide Pan, heat ghee and add the mashed Chana Dal and cook it in medium flame. Keep stirring continuously till the raw smell goes. This will take atleast 15 mins. 
  3. After sometime, you will be able to see the Ghee separating from the Dal. At this stage, add 1/2 cup of milk and cook in high flame till the milk get absorbed. Repeat the same step for the remaining milk. 
  4. Add Sugar, Cardamom Powder, Half of the almonds and stir for another 5 mins. 
  5. Remove from the flame and transfer it to the plate and allow it to cool. Once it cools, cut into desired shape. It can stored in air tight containers or can be refrigerated. 
                                 
Tips:
  • While mashing the Dal, Don't add extra water. 
  • Don't add all the milk at one time. 
  • Keep stirring the pan continuously else the bottom will get burn.