Ashoka Halwa

Ashoka is a bright red vibrant coloured sweet made out of moong dhal, which is very famous in my home town(Thanjavur/Thiruvaiyaru).This sweet is a must in the wedding menu in my place.There is a famous shop in my home town where they sell only this sweet.This recipe I got it from a chef who has mastered in preparing Ashoka and I had an oppurtunity to see how he makes.According to his recipe, the proportion is 1:2:3(moong dhal:sugar:ghee).I reduced  the amount of ghee  to 2 cups due high calorie.But using the 3 cups of ghee  gives an extra taste and richness to it.Here comes the recipe...


Moong dhal(split) 1cup
Sugar 2cups
Cardamom powder1/2tsp
Edible camphora small rice grain size
Nutmeg powdera pinch(optional)
Red food colora pinch


              Pressure cook the moong dhal till it becomes mushy and keep it aside.Now heat a wide mouth heavy bottomed pan with 1/2 cup of ghee and fry the maida till the color changes to golden.
Add in the cooked moon dhal to it and stir continuously till it becomes thick.At this stage add the sugar,food color and stir it vigorously to avoid the lumps.
Add 1/2 cup of ghee and continue the stirring and maintain a medium flame to prevent burning.Once the mixture become thick add another 1/2 cup of ghee and continue the process till the ashoka leaves the sides of the pan.
At this point switch off the stove and add in the cardamom powder, edible camphor and nutmeg powder.Finally add the fried cashews and mix it well.
Transfer it to a serving bowl.Delicious mouth watering Ashoka is ready.

  • Cooked moong dhal can be blend it in a blender if it is not mushy.
  • The amount of sugar can be increased or decreased to preference.The sugar what I have is not sweet enough so I increased to 21/4 cups.
  •  Tiny amount of edible camphor should be used,otherwise it spoils the entire sweet.
  •  Instead of maida, wheat flour can be substituted.
  • This sweet tastes very well when it is warm.
  • For reheating the sweet, keep it in a bowl in a boiling water.This way the ghee melts and becomes warm without changing the consistency.

I am sending this to Diwali-"Festival of lights" event.


superb halwa...looks so delicious n tempting...lovely clicks..thanx for your kind words at my space...happy to join your site :)

Wow!! Lovely halwa..never heard of it before, but it truly looks mouthwatering..


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Happy to go through your blog.Ashoka halwa is tempting!!!!

Halwa looks so delicious. Loved your blog....

delicious halwa...but the red color is really attractive.....and there is edible camphor I did not know that!! that must enhance the aroma a lot......following your lovely space
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Never tasted this halwa yet! Will try it soon..thanks for the stepwise pictures!

Looks so tempting. Feel like tasting those right now!!

halwa looks so yum..Wish you and family a very Happy New year.

nalini.. i am happy to have found you... This halwa is very special to me as I had it for for the first time during our engagement dinner. i will surely try this and let you know how it came :-)

Yummy halwa...plz do visit my space if time permits...

I thought of making this several times..have seen this page many many times, at least I have to make it today! ;)

I did it Nalini! Thanks! :)

At first I thought it's made of beetroot! :D
I didn't know about 'Ashoka Halwa'...

Hi Nalini.... Thanks for sharing this recipe.. This is my most fav sweet... Tried out immediately and it was very awesome.... I have also linked back to your post in my blog post......
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Nalini - I tried this.. have made it 2-3 times already on different occations and has been a success every time... my blog post

Bahut tasty lag raha hai ye halwa. Main bhi banaungi. Aap suji halwa recipe in hindi, moong dal halwa recipe in hindi bhi dekhen. shayad pasand aayen.

Namasthe. Can Ashoka Halwa be kept outside without fridge for 3days? Thank you

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