Asoka Halwa - Ashoka Halwa - Moong Dhal Halwa - Bean paste dessert - Simple dessert, sweet

My great-grandma makes this halwa and it really tastes good. These days I have tasted it only in marriages. Ashoka Halwa is a very popular sweet dish in Tanjavur and Thiruvaiyaru. I wanted to try it at home. I was not sure whether kids would like it. As usual, My first son didn't like it but my hubby and 2nd one loved it. So here you go with the recipe.. Happy Holi to all the readers
Moong dal/split yellow dhal - 1 cup
Wheat flour / Atta - 1.5 tablesoon
sugar - 1 cup to 1.25 cup (adjust to your sweetness)
Cardamom powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Cashew nuts - 1 teaspoon (I have used the baked version)
Food color (orange) - 2 pinch
Ghee - 1/2 cup (You may not need all)


Heat 1/2 teaspoon of ghee and roast the moong dal till raw smell goes off.
Add water and cook it. Let it cool down and grind to a smooth paste. 
Heat 1/2 teaspoon of ghee and add wheat flour and roast it on low flame till nice aroma released. Keep it aside
Add 1 teaspoon of ghee and ground dhal paste and sugar in a pan. Continue to cook on low flame till sugar completely melted. Add fried Wheat flour. Mix well. Continue to cook until the mixture is thick. 
Add color, Cardamom powder, and 2 tablespoons of ghee. Mix well. When Ghee absorbed add another tablespoon of Ghee. Continue to add Ghee till the halwa is not absorbing any more ghee. When Halwa is coming together without sticking to the pan and glossy switch it off
Tasty and Rich Halwa is ready! Serve hot and enjoy