Sunday, 18 March 2012

Mohanthali -- not looking attractive but it left us with a delicious taste --- made on 18th March 2012

What did I use:
  1. Gram flour  - 1 cup
  2. All purpose flour - 1 cup
  3. Ghee - ¾ cup
  4. Cardamom pwd - ¼ tsp
  5. Sugar - 2 cups
  6. Water - 1 cup
  7. Saffron - a generous pinch
  8. Almonds - 6
  9. Pistachios - 6
How did I cook:
  1. Combine both flours together in a wide bowl.
  2. Heat ghee in a fry pan.
  3. Add the flour mixture and roast flours to golden brown.
  4. Add cardamom powder, mix well.
  5. Remove from heat to the wide bowl.
  6. Allow to cool with occasional stirring.
  7. In a separate heavy sauce pan, prepare sugar syrup by dissolving sugar and water.
  8. Continue heating with stirring, until it reaches 2 ½ thread consistency.
  9. You can check this by adding a drop of syrup in cold water, it should form a ball, which can be flattened easily, when taken out of water (i.e. Soft ball stage), or press a drop of the syrup between thumb and forefinger and gently pull apart, you should see two threads of the syrup.
  10. Getting correct sugar syrup consistency is the secret of the softness of this sweet.
  11. Now add the crushed saffron threads.
  12. Mix and pour the hot syrup in flour mixture.
  13. Beat well with a fork until it forms flakes.
  14. Add grated almonds and pistachios.
  15. Transfer it to a greased tray and pat it to 1 inch thickness.
  16. Allow to remain for 30 minutes. 
  17. Now cut into pieces and serve.


  1. I myself like besan halwa for the sheer fact that a small amount of it gives same satisfaction as bowl full of sooji halwa! :-P

    1. Nice to see your comment, Jayant. Gram flour gives a lot in quantity instead of semolina.... and most interesting thing is - if you add more water it would become halwa type, with less water it would be laddu, if you add milk and less water, you will get son papdi...

  2. I add a lot of ghee and then water!

    1. Yeah you can try.. i will be happy to see the picture...

      By the way why don't you create a blog ...........

  3. mmm... my favorite. I made this long back and really forgot about this. Will make this again. Your looks mouth watering dear.

    1. Yeah Zareena, You make it, I will be happy to try it again following your recipe....

  4. mouthwatering and delicious sweet.You have a wonderful blog with great recipes.Glad to follow you.
    Do visit my new blog in your free time.


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