Yellow (split) Mung Beans (paasi paruppu) - 1 cup
Sugar - 2 to 2.5 cups
Ghee - 1 cup (upto 1.5 cups)
Whole wheat flour (atta) - 0.5 cup
All purpose flour (maida) - 0.5 cup
Milk - 1 tbsp
Red food coloring - few drops
Saffron - a big pinch
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
1) Pressure cook mung beans with about 3 cups of water till soft. Mash till smooth. To this, add the sugar and mix well.
2) Meanwhile soak saffron in the milk, add food colouring and cardamom powder. Keep aside.
3) Heat ghee in a pan and add the atta and maida. Stir until there are no lumps. Keep stirring on a low-medium flame until there's a nice aroma and it turns golden.
4) Now add the mung dhal + sugar mixture and stir well until well cooked and the halwa leaves the sides of the pan. Add the milk mixture and stir well and cook for a few more minutes before removing from stove. Ashoka Halwa is now ready to serve.
Wishing you all a very Happy Deepavali !