Thursday, October 04, 2012

Asoka Halwa/ அசோகா_அல்வா

One of the popular sweet in thanjavur district.. If you are visiting thanjavur,do visit "thiruvaiyaru sweet shop"  near old bus stand,or their branch in kumbakonam..the halwa is made by homemakers in thanjavur district for many occasions...I tried it couple of times,it couldnt reach the same taste from the shop..I tried it again this year with some maida added to give so and so of  halwa texture...And i think the amount of maida added varies with each shop/person.....No doubt ,i will make this again for this deepavali...

Here is the recipe for perfect south indian moong dal halwa...U need to fry pasiparuppu/moong dal for at least ten to fifteen minutes and it dont takes much time to stir as well.But it worths!

Moong dal/pasiparupu-half cup
Milk-1 cup
Sugar-1 cup
Wheat flour or Maida-2 tsps
Ghee/oil-1/2 to 1 cup
Kesari/orange color-a pinch
Cardomom powder-1/2 tsp
Fried Cashews and Raisins- a few

1.Take a thick bottom pan and sauté the moong dal  for ten to fifteen minutes...
Keep sauté and change the heat to low and medium ,so, it get roasted evenly

2.Add the dal and  milk to the pressure cooker,and cook it for three whistles

3.When the dal has comes down to room temperature, grind it to fine smooth paste

4.Heat a thick bottom pan(I use varpana kadai/non-stick),Add the half cup of ghee to it ,fry the cashews and raisins for a minute

5.Mix the maida and color with 2 tsps of water ,add them to the dal..
Stir back and forth without taking the hand

6.Add the moong dal and the sugar(to avoid splashing on hands,use long ladle and use oven gloves)
it will take 15 to 20 minutes to reach the halwa consistency

7. If needed,add the remaining ghee ,the halwa will comes along to ladle and halwa oozes the excess ghee with glossy and silky texture

If the dal is not well smashed, the halwa will not leave the oil at end


  1. i am preparing this... how long will it take to reach the halwa consistency

  2. hi priya!my mom bought this today.I am from Trichy,Tamil Nadu.I am a new food blogger

  3. அல்வாவை பார்க்கும்போதே நாவூறுது,ஒரு பார்சல் ப்ளீஸ்...

  4. This is one of my favorites...looks so tempting...have not made it in a long time

  5. Love asoka halwa and yours is so mouthwatering!!!
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  6. wow that's looks super tempting ...lovely pics

  7. My native is kumbakonam and my hubby is tanjaore.. have tasted ashoka so many times, but not tried at home. Yours looks perfect and so tempting dear..! Will gv a try da!

  8. Oru parcel pls, its a been a long i prepared them..beautifully done.

  9. Making halwa can be tricky. You have made it perfectly.. Love it

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  10. மிகவும் சுவையான சத்தான பாசிப்பருப்பு அல்வா...சூப்பர்ப்...ரொம்ப நல்லா இருக்கு...

  11. I have been thinking to make this for a long time, but never tried. looks very tempting

  12. wow, super super.. it slides thro the mouth :)

  13. I hv made it today n its just perfect...thank u Priya

  14. Thanks for visiting my blog dear....halwa looks yummy and so nice...


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