Ashoka or Asoka Halwa is a popular dessert from the musical place of Thiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur district.
Prep Time5 hrs
Cook Time30 mins
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.