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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Moongdal Sondesh | Easy Diwali Sweets Recipes


Don't raise your eyebrows reading the name of this recipe ! I know traditional Sondesh recipe doesn't call for anything other than Chhana but here I just thought of playing with the idea of shaping them. Subtly flavored with cardamom powder, this has nice aroma with every bite. Now a days countdown to Diwali (festival of Lights) is well and truly on and in order to start the tempo at my end I have tried making Moondal sondesh with jaggery instead of sugar. This is a lentil based sweet which is on the borderline between tasty and wholesome. Shaping them was fun!



Some more Ladoo recipse which you can make for Diwali:
1) Rava Ladoo
2) Narkol er Naru
3) Besan Ladoo

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Moong dal (yellow variety)
1/2 cup Jaggery
1/4 tsp Cardamom powder
2 tbsp Ghee
Fistful of cashews and raisins
1-2 tbsp Milk if needed
Pinch of salt

Method:
In a deep bottomed pan, dry roast moong dal on low flame. Stir continuously to get an even roasting and this process takes 15-20 minutes by now you will get a nice aroma. Leave the dal to cool down and then grind to fine powder.


Sieve and if there is any coarse mixture left make sure to grind it again and sieve. Grind jaggery to make a fine powder. Sieve through both jaggery and powdered dal. Now in a plate add jaggery-dal mixture, cardamom powder, pinch of salt and mix well. In a pan add ghee and fry cashews and raisins. 


Add to the mixture and mix thoroughly. The hot ghee will help to bind the mixture, if not then initially add 1 tbsp milk (add one more if you find it difficult) and try making a small round ball. 


Now press down the ball into the sondesh molds and then carefully remove from the molds. Repeat till you are done with all the mixture. You can store these in a closed box in the refrigerator for upto 2-3 days.

Notes:

  • Don't leave the pan unattented while roasting dal. Keep stirring on low flame.
  • Sieve both jaggery and powdered dal together for super fine texture. If you want coarse texture then you may skip it.
  • You can also shape them round instead of using sondesh molds. 

Sending this Diwali special recipe to Gayathri's  Diwali Special event.

30 comments:

  1. It looks really delicious n loved the shapes

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  2. WOW superb recipe...and all ur pics r awesome as always..:)

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  3. So nice..the pix have taken my heart away....Pls teach me re....

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  4. Love the cute shape Deepa. Very traditional and ehtnic looking with jasmine and dhoop and yes you did intrigue me with the name sandesh with moong dal!!!!

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  5. Just awesome! Superb idea of giving them the shape of sondesh. Beautiful pics as always!
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  6. Love the shape of the dessert.. Attractive, healthy and delicious dessert.. :)

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  7. lovely shapes and totally new thing to me:)

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  8. wow.. looks delicious & yummy.. nice clicks..

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  9. Amazing pics Deepa.. very creative idea :)

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  10. delicious dear...lovely presentation

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  11. Moongdal Sandesh looks delicious. Love the mold.

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  12. I love the idea of agarbati in your picture, that gives very beautiful look.. yummy looking sondesh...

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  13. Sandesh looks cute and delicious,love the shape.

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  14. wow .. they look gorgeous and super tempting....awesome clicks....

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  15. I like the shape of the sandesh! Its pretty much like south Indian "nei urundai"..healthy and delicious!

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  16. Loved the last click. Very festive setup. Nice sandesh

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  17. Looks so good !! Loved the shape and agarbathi effect !!!

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  18. The sondesh looks yummy and the presentation is delightful. Perfect for the festival season!!!i love the banana leaf platter

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  19. I would love to get those sondesh moulds, wat a delightful and beautiful moongdal sondesh,prefect for diwali celebration.

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  20. Wow... so classy.. beautifully done

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  21. These looks awesome.Love the moulds too.

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  22. Beautiful pictures..love the impressions on the sondesh..looks delicious

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  23. Unique idea of making sandesh with moong dal.. Nice and awesome clicks Deepa :-)

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  24. looks very tempting & a unique recipe!

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  25. Sandesh looks so inviting. Looking jasmine flowers, makes me nostalgic.

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  26. Excellent presentation, tempting clicks & delicious sweet!

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