Chana Dal Halwa

Amn’t I excited today? I have a news to share… I had recieved an email from LiveonBlogs early last week, checking if I could give a written interview, as they were impressed by my blog. After a few communications up and down, yesterday, it appeared on their website. Here is the link to the page.


This would not have been possible without the support of the Almighty, my HD and all you kind ladies out there (and if there are any gents, no offence, please! 🙂 ). Believe me, I never thought I could go this far. When my HD read this, he just couldn’t stop smiling, because I have mentioned so much about him. I should say that his support mattered. I showed him my blog almost a month after I started it, and he started laughing. He told me, “I know you cook well now, but is it big enough for blogging?” and gave me a big smile. I guess that has given me the feeling of having to do whatever it takes to make my cooking improve!!! 🙂 Sometimes, you need that push. And now this interview has come to me as a silver lining, really I want to keep going on and continuing this blog as much as I can… All your lovely comments keep me going and I am so glad for the good friends that I have got through blogging. Some perks!!! 🙂


PinI am pleased to inform that I am now a part of the South vs North Challenge – SNC as it is called, that is being hosted by Divya Pramil of You Too Can Cook Indian Food. I used to be really fascinated as how diverse our Indian cooking and this initiative by Divya is running successfully for the past six months. I decided to be a part of it after quite a lot of contemplation, as it is a good way to learn more about Northern cuisine!! This is the first challenge I am taking part and the challenge for this month was Chana Dal Halwa, hosted by Flavors from My Kitchen. I, never in my wildest dream, had thought that this dal could be converted into such a lip-smacking sweet. Here is how I made it. My heartfelt thank you to Divya for this wonderful opportunity. I definitely cannot wait for the next month’s challenge. 🙂



Chana Dal Halwa

Course Sweets
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 3/4 cup chana dal
  • 4 tbsp ghee
  • 1 cup 200 ml milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • A pinch cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp nuts chopped (I used almonds)
  • 2 strands saffron optional


  • Soak the chana dal for 30 minutes. Wash and drain.
  • Fill water till its level in a pressure cooker and cook for upto 3 whistles. Switch off the flame and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Drain the chana and coarsely grind it in a mixer.
  • Heat a saucepan and add the ghee. Once the ghee melts and heats, add in the ground chana and cook on medium heat for 12-15 minutest till it gets well cooked.
  • Now, pour half the milk and mix well till it gets well incorporated.
  • Add the remaining milk and mix it well again.
  • Continue cooking till the milk is all soaked up and the chana gets slightly dry.
  • Add in the sugar and the cardamom and continue cooking for the next five minutes.
  • Finally add the chopped nuts and the saffron and cook for a final 5-10 minutes.
  • Pour the halwa into a greased flat tray to set. I poured it into 4 heart shaped silicon moulds and put the remaining into a bowl.
  • Allow to set and enjoy!!!
  • I placed it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, unmoulded it on a plate and devoured it. I bet it tasted much better cold than warm!!!

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  1. very yummy halwa dear… well presented…

    1. thank u so much vijaya… 🙂

    1. thank u so much tinku…

  2. Hi Rafeeda , I have Liebster award waiting for u. do collect it, and happy u like the Jodhpuri Murg 🙂

    1. Rafeeda, another thing, Just look up this link
      its a group of food bloggers in uae. just send a req there pls. i have already notified the admin abt ur blog.Cheers!

    2. thank u so much dear for your comments.. n yes, i've applied to join the gruop… thank u so much… 🙂

  3. yum yum… lovely little hearts..:)

    1. thank u so much preeti… 🙂

  4. congrats on the interview…yummy halwa…

    1. thank u so much ruxana… 🙂

    1. thank u so much rita… 🙂

  5. Congrats Rafeeda! So happy for you – its well deserved fame 🙂 And the halwa looks so yum 🙂

    1. thank u so much priya… it's all your good wishes… 🙂

  6. Congrats Rafeeda.. Thats a cute interview.. And yeah.. Yummy halwa too 🙂

    1. thank u so much chitra… 🙂

  7. Halwa loooks so nice and delish Rafeeda!Congrats too 🙂

    1. thank u so much princy… 🙂

  8. Hi Rafeeda,

    I am here for the first time and liked your blog a lot. Gladly following you. BTW there is at least one thing common among us … I too joined The SNC challenge group from this month and tonight will be posting my first challenge. Happy to be in South team along with you…………

    1. thank u so much nayana for coming by… hope we both can be together in the coming days… 🙂

  9. Wow dear congrats on the interview, can u give the link too? Way to go..Keep blogging and rocking 🙂 And well done, halwa looks so perfect and glad you loved it 🙂 Thanks for joining us dear 🙂

    1. thank u so much divya for coming by… the link is given there on the top dear, on one of the words… hope you can find it… no mention about snc… i really would love to learn… 🙂

  10. dats a lovely interview rafeeda.. nice to know more abt u.. me too joined snc this month.. hope we get more fun and learn new recipes.. btw, ur halwa looks yummy and inviting.. like those shapes.. 🙂

    1. thank u so much for coming by laxmi… and hopefully we all will enjoy… 🙂

  11. Halwa looks fabulous! love it!

    1. thank u so much suja… 🙂

  12. Congratzzx dear for the sweet halwa and news 🙂

    1. thank u so much nisha… 🙂

  13. Congrats Rafeeda, glas to know more about u..btw halwa looks fantabulous,very much and highly inviting,love the heart shaped halwa very much.

    1. thank u so much for your lovely comments priyaji… 🙂

  14. Hi Rafeeda ,congrats dear so happy for you .

    1. thank u so much meena… it's all ur prayers… 🙂

    1. thank u so much meena… 🙂

  15. Masha Allah! May Allah bless you more:)

    Halwa looks yummy!

    1. Jazakallah khairan, dear… 🙂

  16. Congrats dear…Halwa looks delicious..

    1. thank u so much shabna… 🙂

  17. nice set and nice click Dear… lovely presentation…

    1. thank u so much nabanita…

  18. Congrats dear . Love those heart shapes

    1. thank u so much dear… 🙂

  19. Congrats dear…halwa looks really yummy…..

    1. thank u so much naaz…

  20. Delicious chana dal halwa Rafeeda, Looks really yumm.

    1. thank u so much swathi…

  21. Congrats dear ..So happy for you…

    1. thnak u so much kamalika… 🙂

  22. Congratulations!! I love Chana dal halwa.

    First time on your blog and it's a great one. Will be back inshaAllah.

    1. thank u so much for coming by lail… 🙂

  23. Hi, congratulation, halwa looks ggod and yummy 🙂

    1. thank u so much for your comments… 🙂

  24. congrats dear,halwa looks so yummy,well presented…

    1. thank u so much saranya… 🙂

  25. Halwa looks delicious

    1. thank u so much humi… 🙂

  26. congrats on your interview. You deserve it. Keep up your good work. Halwa looks delicious.

    1. thank u so much, sebeena… 🙂

  27. Now this is something really really delicious!! I loved this recipe and the picture is so good….it makes me drool!

    1. thank u so much purabi for your kind words… 🙂

  28. Wow! Looks yum and nice presentation..

    1. thank u so much asiya… 🙂

  29. looking yummy ..clicks are super

    1. thank u so much santoshji…

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