Chana Dal Halwa

Chana Dal Halwa

Chana Dal Halwa is a delicious Indian recipe served as a dessert. It comes from Mughal cuisine which makes it sinfully tasty. It is an aromatic sweet that is loaded with ghee, chana dal, milk, sugar and nuts. Milk soaked saffron lends a beautiful colour and aroma to this halwa. Try out this recipe for your family or small get togethers and I can assure you it will vanish in no time. Its a little lengthy process but worth trying it.

Preparation Time: 4-5 hours

Cooking Time: 1 hour

Servings: 10 – 12


  • Chana Dal  250 g
  • Ghee 1 1/2 cup
  • Milk  250 ml
  • Sugar  250 g
  • Almonds  8 – 10
  • Cashew  8 – 10
  • Raisins  8 – 10
  • Water  250 ml
  • Saffron, milk  soaked  1/2 tsp
  • Silver leaf  to garnish
  • Dry Coconut, grated  2 tsp


  1. Soak chana dal for 4 – 5 hours.
  2. In a pressure cooker, take chana dal and 1 cup of water and cook till you hear first blow of whistle.
  3. Transfer in a blender and grind them coarsely without water.
  4. Heat one cup of ghee and add ground chana dal. Saute on medium flame till it turns golden in colour and nice fragrance is achieved. This takes around twenty minutes.
  5. In another pan, take milk, water and sugar and bring them to boil.
  6. Add this to roasted chana dal.
  7. Cook on medium flame till all the liquid is absorbed. Keep stirring in between to avoid charring. This will again take twenty five minutes.
  8. Add sugar. This will make it gooey. So cook again for some time till it dries up completely.

  9. Add saffron and stir well.
  10. Add half cup of ghee and nuts (save some for garnishing) and roast for 4-5 minutes. You can also add half cup of grated coconut (optional) to add some crunch.
  11. Transfer in a serving bowl and garnish with silver leaf, nuts and grated coconut.


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