Moong Dal Burfi

moong dal burfi


Moong dal burfi/halwa is one of my favorite sweet dishes ever! I have been craving for the lip-smacking dessert for quite some time, but the time and effort required to churn this out has kept me from trying my hands at making moong dal burfi. Yesterday night, I decided to give it a go and soaked 2 cups of moong dal.

Unfortunately since morning, there was power outage in my locality. Suddenly, power came for 5 minutes and this was an opportunity for me to grind the lentil. Then again there was a powercut. Nevertheless, I did not bother, since I had made the most of the opportunity when it was restored for 5-10 minutes.


I remember the good old office days when we would get to eat moong dal halwa as a sweet dish more often.

I would especially wait for lunch and never check the menu, except the sweet dish part, for I always wanted to relish moong dal halwa or burfi.

I was fortunate enough to get the same almost every other day. Yes, fond memories there!
moong burfi




Finally, I started with moong dal burfi preparation.

Here is my moong burfi recipe:

1 cup - moong dal - yellow lentils -(I had soaked 2 cups, but did not have the courage to make 2 cups)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
sugar as per taste (I usd 3 tbsp as I keep a count of my sugar intake)
green cardamom
Ghee (clarified butter)- 3 tbsp
Pinch of haldi (optional)
A Nonstick pan

moong dal halwa burfi


Procedure
  • Take a nonstick pan.
  • Add ghee.
  • Then add ground moong dal. Keep on low flame and keep roasting. It will take a lot of effort. But the outcome is worth all your efforts.

moong dal preparation

  • Simultaneously keep water, sugar, haldi, cardamom, and milk in a pan for boiling.
  • Once the dal is fried well, add the boiled milk-water-elaichi-sugar combination.
  • Keep stirring until the dal collects in the center and forms a mass.
  • Grease an aluminum foil. Pour the roasted dal over it. Press the dal with a plate.
  • Cut into pieces and enjoy.


I must tell here that this was the recipe of moong dal halwa but I used little ghee, I decided to give it the shape of a burfi.
Tastes good and makes a great treat!

Check this healthy, no oil moong dal vada recipe.

You may want to try other moong dal recipes:

Zero Ghee moong dal burfi 
moong burfi fudge

Here is my take on moong dal vada- it is oil free, spongy, soft, tasty, and healthy;



If you think we can make only kitcdhi and dal gravies with moong and masur mix, then check out this recipe that uses moong-masur dal for idli.


What about moong dal oatmeal cutlets?
moong tikki with oatmeal


Mountain Man Dashrat Manjhi: A Love Story That Moved A Mountain

dashrath manjhi the mountain man
The world knows Taj Mahal as an eternal symbol of love, since it was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. But how many of you have heard about Dashrat Manjhi - the mountain man who carved a path through the Gehlour Hills in Bihar using only a chisel and hammer.







His efforts reduced the distance between his village Atri and Wazirganj blocks in Bihar's Gaya from 55 km to 15 km. Quite an achievement to talk about!!!!

Now you must be wondering why are we talking about this man and comparing his efforts with the Taj Majal?

Well, Dashrat Manjhi did this only for his beloved wife, whose death in 1959 due to lack of medical care in the village inspired Manjhi to carve out a path in the mountains to make commuting easier for people of his village. His wish was that nobody else has to meet the same fate as his wife and lose their life due to the mountainous distance between them and the nearest medical facility.

Since the mountain was a barrier to commuting to and from the village, Manjhi decided to sacrifice his life for the village after his wife's death.

People say she died when she was being carried to a hospital 70 km away from their village, sitting at this side of the mountain. It was then that the Mountain Man, a poor laborer, decided to take his aisle and hammer in his hands and break the barrier between his village and the nearest hospital. Manjhi had to face extreme hardships, as is depicted in the movie Manjhi- The Mountain Man, which is a clear portrayal of all the difficulties this frail man had to undergo to do something nobody could dare to think of.

Undying Spirit Despite Criticism From Locals
manjhi mountain man
When he started hammering the hill with his tools, people started calling him a lunatic who had gone mad after his wife's death, since what he was doing was beyond anybody's imagination.

Some even said that he was suffering from hysteria in the gloom of his wife's death. But nobody thought of his willpower and determination and eternal love that inspired him to sacrifice 22 years of his life, hammering the mountain day and night to ease the distance between the village and the hospital.

His unrelenting courage, resolve, undying spirit, and determination helped him move a mountain that he blamed for his wife's death.  The poor laborer from Bihar, whose love story and matchless courage has inspired Indian film industry to make a biopic on him, single-handedly sliced through a 360-feet-tall hill to improve his remote village's accessibility.

While everybody cursed the village remoteness and still criticized him for his lunatic efforts, he continued to toil tirelessly to remove the 360 feet long and 30 feet wide mountain barrier with his chisel and hammer.

The Poor Man's Taj: From 1960-1982
The Taj Mahal was not built in a day and took over 20,000 laborers to build the mammoth building, which later became one of India's most cherished places of tourist interest.

But it took Manjhi 22 years to carve out his Taj all by himself, without help or assistance from friends, relatives, or villagers.Rather, he was an object of great fun and scorn in the village, where he seen as a mad man trying to do the impossible.

Manjhi dedicated the pathway to his deceased wife Falguni Devi. Today, the mountainous pathway is used by villagers to move to and from the village.

The Poor Man's Taj: A Love Story That Compares With Taj Mahal
Some real life stories of heroes who have done it big in their lives often go unnoticed, but the Mountain Man's valorous efforts acclaimed fame only after he had hammered the hill without any public or private help. Unfortunately, the man continued to live in penury until his death from gallbladder cancer in 2007. Though he was given a state funeral, his entire life was spent struggling hard to make ends meet.

This poor Mahadalit's story has inspired a movie 'The Mountain Man" by Ketan Mehta, which captures this diminutive man's extraordinary courage and devotion. The man, known as Dashrath Baba in his village, is now a legend and may find a place in history books in Bihar, and his unrelenting determination and outpouring of love for his deceased wife continue to amaze and inspire us all.

Does his valorous efforts and indomitable spirit has a match anywhere? Is there a more powerful and stronger power than love?

True, love can move the biggest of barriers on earth. This poor man's Taj may not be the equivalent to the epic Taj Mahal in aesthetics and wealth, but it is certainly one of the biggest symbols of love, devotion, and sacrifice today.

What are your views?

Dhokla Without Curd


Dhokla needs no introduction. The super easy recipe makes a great snack, loved by young and old and kids.I never loved dhokla until I prepared this delicious Gujarati snack myself. I had to try it since hubby loves dhokla.
dhokla



Recipe
1 cup besan (gram flour)
1 tbsp - lemon juice
a pinch of haldi
little water
1 tsp -Ginger Paste 
2 tsp - Eno Fruit Salt
Salt to taste

Add turmeric and water to gram flour. The batter should not be flowy. Keep aside for 20 minutes.

Add 1 tsp of lemon juice, ginger paste, salt . Mix well.
Grease a mould for steaming the dhokla.

Add eno just before steaming. Pour the batter in the steamer. Keep it for steaming for 20 mins. (Keep an eye on the batter)

Tempering:
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Green Chilli - 1 tsp
Salt - as per taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Lime Juice - 1 tsp
Few Curry Leaves
1 cup of water
Coriander Leaves for garnishing

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. When mustard splutters, add curry leaves. Add water, salt, sugar, chilli. When the water boils, switch off the flame and add lemon juice.

When the dhokla is ready, pour the water over it. Your yummy dhokla is ready!

Here's another dhokla recipe by my friend Anna Singh


If you want to try oats dhokla. click here.


Dahi Vada (Steamed Dumplings in Curd Gravy)

Dahi vada is a favorite with everyone. More often than not, vadas are deep fried, I have come up with a steamed version just like idlis.

Yes, these steamed dumplings taste equally good and are a healthier alternative to their fried counterparts!
A soul-pleasing dish for health freaks with the goodness of curd and mint leaves. Who says health food cannot be tasty?

Dahi vada is a popular delicacy all across India. It is one dish that serves as an accompaniment to meal times. Besides, dahi vada is savored as a snack. Here's presenting steamed dahi vada recipe. Does that disappoint? Of course, not!


Enjoy these vadas guilt free!

Ingredients

1/2 cup urad dal
1/2 cup Bengal gram/ chickpeas (chana dal)
2 pinches- baking soda
Little salt


Procedure


  1. Soak both dals for 3-4 hours. Grind them with very little water.
  2. Add eno before steaming in idli steamer. That's it.
  3. When the vadas are ready, take them out in a bowl, pour curd mixed with salt, sugar, jeera powder, and chaat masala.
  4. You can skip sugar if you are using chaat masala.
  5. I added little sugar as well as chaat masala.
  6. Finally, sprinkle some dried mint leaves or fresh coriander leaves. You may use fresh pudina leaves if you do not have dried ones. You may want to use tamarind paste. Boil tamarind in water for 10 minutes or until it thickens. Do this when you are steaming vadas. Sprinkle over the vadas once done.
  7. Let the vadas remain soaked in khatta meetha curd for 10-15 mins.
  8. That's it! Enjoy healthy dahi vadas with a twist!

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