Asoka Halwa


  • Green Gram Dhal – 1 cup
  • Wheat flour – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 2 cups
  • Kesari powder – 2 to 3 pinches
  • Ghee – 1 cup
  • Cardomoms – 8 (powdered)
  • Cashewnuts – 10 to 15 (broken into bits and fried in ghee)


  1. Wash the dhal and cook in enough water till soft. Mash it.
  2. In a kadai pour one or two tablespoon ghee and when it is hot add the wheat flour and fry till nice aroma comes out.
  3. Add the cooked dhal, kesari powder and mix well. Allow to cook in a medium flame.
  4. Add sugar and stir well.
  5. Add ghee little by little and keep stirring.
  6. When it leaves the sides of the kadai, add cardamom powder, fried cashew nuts and the remaining ghee and stir well.
  7. Now remove from stove. Transfer to a greased bowl.



  1. I knew about the popular Moong Halwa prepared in the north, but I was not aware of the Ashoka Halwa. Nice pic & so must be the recipe. I can't wait longer before I try. Would surely let u know, once I try.

    Happy Dashera to you & your family…


  2. Hi Ashkuku

    Thank you for visiting my site. This halwa is famous in Thanjavur district. No function is complete without serving this halwa.

  3. I tried this recipe today. It was good, but may be I could improve. When I try it for the second time, I would surely get the taste that I expected.

    Thanx again for the recipe posted.


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