Saturday 8 September 2012

Channay Ki Daal Halwa ( Gram Lentil sweet dish)

This is a very tasty Halwa usually made in the cold days of winter. A must sweet dish on many occasions.
You just have to have strong arms to make this, as it’s a lot of stirring and bhooning  : )
You can make it as a soft halwa or even make is in pieces, I like it in pieces. It stays good long if you keep it in tin box.
So this is what you need for it:
1 1/2 cups Gram Lentils or Chane Ki Daal
(soaked overnight or soaked in hot water for 2-3 hrs)
1 cup Sugar or to taste more….
1 1/2 cups Milk Powder – (I used Nido)
3-4 Small Cardamoms
1/2 cup Oil - first round
1/2 cup Oil - 2nd round

*Wash gram lentils and soak them in hot water for 2-3 hours. Or Soak it overnight :)
*In a heavy pan, boil the lentils till water dries and lentils are tender.
*Grind the lentils in a food processor till smooth paste is formed.
In a wok heat 1/2 cup oil on medium heat and then add the cardamom.
*When they start to pop up, add the lentil paste.
Stir till fragrant.
*Add sugar and mix well. Lower the heat and stir for about 10-12 minutes.
*Add milk powder a little at a time, making sure no lumps form.
*Add the 2nd half cup oil.
*Stir well till oil separates on the sides.
*Spread halwa in a tray and leave to cool.
*Sprinkle with chopped nuts and press in a little.
After it cools, cut into squares or diamonds and serve.

TIP: You know it's done when it's kind a like doughy texture and crumbly.

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