Monday 28 October 2013

Ashoka Halwa Recipe– Thiruvaiyar Halwa /Diwali Special Sweets/Ashoka Halwa/How to make Ashoka Halwa with step by step photos

Ashoka Halwa is a traditional and a very famous sweet in Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu usually served as a dessert. The name is very fascinating and interesting, but I don't know why or how it got it's name. It is made in special occasions like weddings, baby shower etc and also during festival seasons. This halwa is prepared with moong dal as main ingredient which is rich in protein and fiber.  Do try it out friends, it is very easy and quick Diwali sweet. Check out other Halwa Varieties here and Diwali sweets and snacks here.

Here’s how to make Ashoka Halwa with step by step photos…
Moong dal/Pacchai paruppu
1 cup
1 ½ cup
Wheat flour/Godhumai maavu
½ cup
1 ½  cup
Cashew nuts
Food color
One pinch
1 tsp
½ cup
One pinch
Preparation Time: 5 minutes                              Recipe Category: Dessert/Sweet
Cooking Time: 35 minutes                                   Recipe Cuisine: Tamil Nadu, Indian
Author: Priya Anandkumar

Other Halwa Varieties that might be of your interest...

Dry roast the moong dal until nice aroma fills the room. Add 3 cups of water and pressure cook the dal for 3 whistles.

After the steam releases, open the lid and mash the dal really well.

Heat about 1 tbps of ghee in a pan and fry the cashews. Transfer it to a plate and keep it aside.

In the same pan add 2 tbsp of ghee and fry the wheat flour until it becomes light brown. Switch off the stove and transfer it to a plate.

Add sugar and ½ cup of water in a kadai and heat it, wait for the sugar syrup to boil really well.

Now add the mashed moong dal, roasted wheat flour, one pinch of salt, food color one by one and mix really well.

Add the ghee little by little and keep stirring well continuously. Similarly add all the ghee and stir until the halwa becomes glossy and will non sticky.

 This texture shows that the halwa is ready.

Finally add the roasted cashews, cardamom powder/Elachi Powder and mix thoroughly. Now switch off the stove and serve hot.
Delicious and authentic Ashoka Halwa is ready to be enjoyed.

  • I have added 1 ½ cup of ghee, it you are really conscious about adding ghee you can add 1 cup of ghee and ½ of sunflower oil. But I strongly suggest you to add ghee which makes this very tasty and delicious. You got to be really generous with ghee when it comes to halwas.
  • Keep stirring continuously to avoid burning of the halwa.
  • I have mashed the dal with the masher, you can as well blend it once or twice in the mixer after cooking the dal.

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  1. looks so delicious,wonderfully made.

  2. Wow ! Looks very delicious.Mouth watering here.

  3. Wonderful halwa priya, looks godly! :)

  4. Wow, halwa looks too tempting and godly, thanks for sharing!

  5. I will ask my mum to make it this Diwali
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  6. for some reason this halwa always catches my attention :D looks delicious :D

  7. Tempting and beautiful halwa.. perfectly made..

  8. Oru spoona halwa saapita appadiya thondaila yerangume..Love this authentic halwa very much..

  9. Guests to my house visiting from tanjore always bring this halwa. Very well prepared and wonderfully explained.
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. I am fascinated with the name too, sounds royal and looks equally royal. As said, halwa will always be my fav.

  11. I love this halwa.yeah its made in marriages and funtions.Love to try it .

  12. lovely color halwa..looks so delicious priya!!

  13. healthy and easy halwa.... never heard of this. Thanks for sharing Priya....

  14. Ashoka halwa looks delicious love to do a taste test.

  15. Very new to me. Yummilicious and mouth watery halwa.

  16. Ashoka halwa looks super yummm......

  17. Superrrr rich halwa,love it anytime..

  18. Really tempting .........perfectly made.thanks for sharing

  19. halwa looks really mouthwatering & tempting..super patham...

  20. delicious halwa, how could you put finger in this hot halwa?

  21. tempting halwa n very detailed post...

  22. Love this halwa . good way to include lentils with the sweet

  23. Wow ,I wanted to try this but couldn't. U tempted me

  24. have never tasted them.. looks so yummy..

  25. loos real wonderful ! this used to be my fav,remember it being served in functions...miss it :) simply love the colour Priya :) ur family is real lucky :)

  26. halwa looks delicious and yummy..

  27. Hai priya...
    Tried dis yesterday...came out vry wel...dis is one of my favourite dessert.....was googling for dis it here...ur measurements are pakka pakka....u r rocking in all kind of cooking.....hats off to u dear...keep it up dear....advanc wishes for 2nd annivrsary priya....:)

    1. Hi Sudha,
      I am really excited you tried the halwa and loved it, your words are a real encouragement and thank you so much for your loving and kind wishes...
      Pls keep coming back for more delicious recipes.


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