Mohanthal Recipe (Classic Indian Split Chickpea Sweet)
What Is Mohanthal?
Mohanthal is a famous traditional Indian sweet that originated in the state of Gujarat. Typically made during auspicious occasions and festivals, this classic dessert is made with split chickpeas (chana dal) and clarified butter (ghee). Sweetened with milk and cardamom flavored sugar syrup, this treat is rich in texture and taste.
- 1 cup (200 grams) soaked split chickpea (chana dal)
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup (200 grams) sugar
- 1/2 cup (100 grams) clarified butter (ghee)
- 5-6 cashew nuts, finely chopped
- 4-5 almonds, finely chopped
- 6-7 green cardamom pods, crushed
- 1 teaspoon pistachios, finely chopped
Step 1: Prepare the Sugar Syrup
- In a high-sided saucepan over medium-high heat, add cold water and sugar. Let it come to a boil.
- Lower the flame and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely and the mixture is clear, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. The longer you boil, the thicker the syrup becomes.
- Test if the sugar is completely dissolved: Using a spoon, scoop up a small amount of the syrup. Boil the mixture until no sugar crystals are visible.
- Add the crushed cardamom pods.
- Let the syrup cool to room temperature.
Step 2: Prepare the Mohanthal
- Wash and soak the split chickpeas in hot water for 2 hours.
- After 2 hours, put the soaked split chickpeas in a sieve for 5 minutes in order to drain the extra water.
- When split chickpeas have finished draining, spread them over a cloth and wipe them dry.
- In a large pan, add half of the clarified butter (ghee). When it starts melting, add the split chickpeas. Stir and roast on high flame till it turns golden and crispy, about 10 to 12 minutes.
- Remove the roasted split chickpeas from the pan. Set aside to cool.
- Blend the roasted split chickpeas to a coarse mixture without adding water. It should look like semolina (rava).
- In a pan, add some clarified butter (ghee). Add the split chickpea mixture and stir for 2 minutes on medium flame.
- Add the sugar syrup and milk. Mix well on medium flame while stirring continuously.
- Add leftover clarified butter (ghee) and continue to stir for 5-10 minutes till the mixture slightly thickens. Turn off the flame.
- Grease a square 8-inch cake pan or plate with deep sides. Transfer the hot mixture into it. Using a spatula or knife, spread the mixture into a smooth, even layer. Sprinkle chopped dry nuts and gently press it.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge after serving.
- Mohanthal stays fresh for at least one week when refrigerated.
- Add dry fruits of your choice.
- Use fresh clarified butter (ghee), as the flavour of ghee enhances the taste.
- Add more ghee to enhance the melt-in-your-mouth texture and fragrance.
Approximate Nutritional Value Per Piece
|Serving size: 10-12 pieces|
|Calories from Fat||45|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 5 g||8%|
|Carbohydrates 10 g||3%|
|Fiber 2 g||8%|
|Protein 3 g||6%|
|Cholesterol 2 mg||1%|
|Sodium 9 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Questions & Answers
Best had cold or warm?
It's better to have it warm.Helpful 3
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