Asoka Halwa
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Asoka Halwa

Ashoka or Asoka Halwa is a popular dessert from the musical place of Thiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur district.
Prep Time5 hrs
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: South Indian
Keyword: halwa

Ingredients for Asoka Halwa

  • 250 gms Moong Dal
  • 2 tblsp Wheat flour
  • 250 gms Sugar
  • 150 gms Ghee
  • 2 tblsp Almonds broken
  • 2 tblsp Cashewnuts broken
  • 1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • Food colour Red/orange/yellow – a pinch (optional)

How to make Asoka Halwa

  • Dry roast the dal for a few minutes and soak it in water for 4-5 hours.
  • Drain it, use sufficient water and pressure cook it in the cooker until it is soft & mushy. Set this aside.
  • Dry roast the wheat flour until it gets a nice golden colour and starts giving an aroma. Set this aside.
  • Heat a spoon of ghee in a frying pan and fry the almonds and cashewnuts until they are golden. Set aside.
  • Pour the remaining ghee to the pan and add the cooked moong dal, wheat flour and sugar. Stir well till it reaches a halwa consistency.
  • Once you see ghee starting to leave the sides of the halwa, add the cashewnuts, kesari powder, cardamom powder and almonds.
  • Mix well and remove.