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Chana Dal Halwa Recipe

Chana Dal Halwa is traditionally cooked by roasting chana dal and then cooking it into a pudding. This recipe is a simpler and faster, yet equally delicious version of the traditional recipe.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chana dal halwa, halwa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 cup chana dal split black gram
  • 1 ½ cups water + extra for soaking chana dal
  • ½ cup ghee
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • Slivered almonds
  • Golden raisins


  • Soak chana dal in 3 cups of water, for 6-8 hours.
  • Strain water from the chana dal and transfer into a pressure cooker or Instant Pot. Add water to the Instant Pot. Cover and cook until the chana dal is cooked through.
  • Transfer cooked chana dal into a skillet. Cook on medium high heat, stirring continuously until the excess water has evaporated form dal, 2- 3 mins.
  • Turn the heat to medium low, add ghee. Cook, stirring continuously until chana dal turns golden, 8-10 mins.
  • Add sugar. Mix everything well together and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the sugar melts and mixes well into the halwa.
  • Turn off the heat. Add slivered almonds. Mix. Transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle on a little more almonds or pistachios. Serve warm.