Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pumpkin Mung Bean Halwa

Mung Bean is a very good source of protein and is very easy to digest. Inspired by my earlier Mung Bean Halwa, I tried this one with a slight variation, yes by adding pumpkin puree to this halwa. Pumpkin does give a very lovely color and slight sweetness to this dessert. This dessert is high in protein and made with iron rich jaggery. So if you like pumpkins and are looking for recipes using pumpkin during this fall season,do try this out and let me know how you liked it.



Ingredients



Split Yellow Moong Dal(Mung Bean) – 1 cup

Ghee (clarified butter) – 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp

Pumpkin pieces - 2 Cups



Powdered Jaggery – 1/2 cup 



Cardamom powder - pinch

 Toasted nuts – 1 tbsp for garnishing



Method



1) Soak Moong Dal overnight in water.



2) Next day rinse the mung dal few times with enough water.



3) Drain the water completely from the mung bean and grind this into a fine paste using as little water as possible.



4) Heat 1 Tbsp of ghee and toast the nuts and keep it aside, now add the chopped pumpkin pieces and saute for 5 minutes and cover and cook for 5-7 more minutes. Now the pumpkin would have turned mushy and soft. Keep this aside to cool and puree the pumpkin once it is cold enough to handle and keep this aside.



5) Heat 1/4 cup of the ghee(1/2 the quantity) once it is hot and melted, simmer the stove into minimum and add the grind mung bean paste little by little stirring continuously with a egg beater as this part is very tricky because the mung bean will stick to the bottom of the vessel if not taken care. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of ghee and keep stirring till the mung bean gets cooked and the color of the bean paste changes color to slight brown.



6) Now add the pumpkin puree, jaggery to the bean mixture and stir till everything combines and well cooked and the halwa starts leaving the side.



 7) Add the toasted nuts and switch off the stove and serve this warm.



Now how to carve a pumpkin? Let me show you the unusual way. Can you guess who did this ? Will show you in my next post.











Events



1) Sending this to CWS- Cooking with Seeds Mung Bean hosted by Priya of Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes.



2) Sending this to Halloween fiesta hosted by Vardhini of Vardhini's Kitchen.



Note - I tried this Mung Bean & Pumpkin halwa almost two years back.  The recipe was lying in drafts because I misplaced the photo files. Since then I have changed two laptops and lot of my food photographs I had taken earlier was in flash drive and I misplaced it somewhere. Finally I found the missing flash drive and got all my old files back. So excuse me for this photograph and few more not so good ones will come from my earlier clicks. I am not saying I am pro in food photography now, but definitely when compared to old photos my new ones are better and I know it is long way to go to master the art. 

20 comments:

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking halwa looks wonderful

Chitra said...

thats a yummy halwa

Miriam said...

Looks amazing!!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Prathibha said...

Thats a different n unique combination..looks yumm

Sravs said...

so unique and super delicious halwa!!

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Priya said...

Woww fabulous halwa, unique combo..

Kaveri said...

Yummy and delicious looking halwa

Radhika said...

Very delicious halwa

julie said...

Delicious and healthy innovative idea,yummy!!

Archana said...

looks delicious

Hosting an event which I am calling Back to our Roots Also hosting for Nov’11 Veggie Food for the Month_Raw Banana.

Uma said...

oh my goodness, this attracting colour is killing me. Pass me one bowl Please!!!

Sobha Shyam said...

wonderful combo and a yummy halwa..i guess the carving was done by some bird or squirrel :)

San said...

Incredible halwa sadhana. Great halwa to indulge in for the season.

sangee vijay said...

wow..this looks so tempting and delicious...like the addition of jaggery instead sugar...so good ...
@Pumpkin carving...my guess - done by Squirrel ???

divya said...

look awesome...

Jay said...

lovely presentation with great flavors..;)
Tasty Appetite

Alessandra said...

What a lovely Halva, and without sugar! What is Powdered Jaggery?

Ciao
Alessandra

Sanctified Spaces said...

This is such a unique halwa..surely will try this soon. Thank you so much for your wishes.

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Thanks every one for your sweet comments. Alessandra regarding your question on Jaggery it is unrefined whole can sugar. It is a concentrated product of cane juice without separation of the molasses and crystals. Please check out this link for more information http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaggery.

Charles said...

You know, I don't think I can even get mung beans in France - I never saw them at least. Looks so beautiful - I just want to grab those nuts on top too!

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