Mohanthal Recipe (Classic Indian Split Chickpea Sweet)

Updated on April 27, 2020
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Mohanthal is a classic Indian sweet
Mohanthal is a classic Indian sweet | Source

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.

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 hours 10 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 2 hours 50 min
Yields: 10-12 pieces

Ingredients

  • 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

  1. In a high-sided saucepan over medium-high heat, add cold water and sugar. Let it come to a boil.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Add the crushed cardamom pods.
  5. Let the syrup cool to room temperature.

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Step 2: Prepare the Mohanthal

  1. Wash and soak the split chickpeas in hot water for 2 hours.
  2. After 2 hours, put the soaked split chickpeas in a sieve for 5 minutes in order to drain the extra water.
  3. When split chickpeas have finished draining, spread them over a cloth and wipe them dry.
  4. 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.
  5. Remove the roasted split chickpeas from the pan. Set aside to cool.
  6. Blend the roasted split chickpeas to a coarse mixture without adding water. It should look like semolina (rava).
  7. In a pan, add some clarified butter (ghee). Add the split chickpea mixture and stir for 2 minutes on medium flame.
  8. Add the sugar syrup and milk. Mix well on medium flame while stirring continuously.
  9. Add leftover clarified butter (ghee) and continue to stir for 5-10 minutes till the mixture slightly thickens. Turn off the flame.
  10. 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.
  11. Store in an airtight container in the fridge after serving.
Add ghee and soaked split chickpeas (chana dal)
Add ghee and soaked split chickpeas (chana dal)
Roast till golden and crispy
Roast till golden and crispy
Roasted split chickpeas (chana dal)
Roasted split chickpeas (chana dal)
Blend in a food processor to a coarse mixture without adding water.
Blend in a food processor to a coarse mixture without adding water.
Add clarified butter (ghee) and ground mixture. Stir for 1 minute.
Add clarified butter (ghee) and ground mixture. Stir for 1 minute.
Add 2 cups of milk.
Add 2 cups of milk.
Stir and cook consistently till it thickens.
Stir and cook consistently till it thickens.
Add dry fruits, press lightly, and cut it into pieces.
Add dry fruits, press lightly, and cut it into pieces.

Notes

  • 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

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 10-12 pieces
Calories 99
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Carbohydrates 10 g3%
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 2 mg1%
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.

Mohanthal Recipe

5 stars from 3 ratings of Mohanthal (Classic Indian Split Chickpea Sweet)

Questions & Answers

  • Best had cold or warm?

    It's better to have it warm.

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    • Sharma supriya profile imageAUTHOR

      Supriyasharma 

      4 weeks ago from Malaysia

      Thanks! .... I'm glad that you tried this recipe @abhishek kumar

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      Abhishek Kumar 

      4 weeks ago

      Just tried...it's delicius

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      Ankesh Singh 

      7 weeks ago from Kuala Lumpur

      Tried Finally..tasted great!

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      Supriyasharma 

      2 months ago from Malaysia

      Thank you @shriya

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      Shriya 

      2 months ago

      Hey SupriyA’s this is amazing...

    • Sharma supriya profile imageAUTHOR

      Supriyasharma 

      2 months ago from Malaysia

      Thanku @subham

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      Subham 

      2 months ago

      Wow really look so awsme

    • Sharma supriya profile imageAUTHOR

      Supriyasharma 

      2 months ago from Malaysia

      Thank you.. @Rajan singh jolly... Yes its quite easy to prepare, please try this recipe and let me know how was it.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Awesome recipe. Never tried making Mohanthal. Will try as it seems quite simple.

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      Supriyasharma 

      2 months ago from Malaysia

      @ sachelle... Thanks for your visit and your feedback.

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      Sachelle 

      2 months ago

      Tried first time and it was delicious.. Thanks for this amazing easy recipe!

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      Supriyasharma 

      2 months ago from Malaysia

      Thanku @ankesh

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      Ankesh Singh 

      2 months ago from Kuala Lumpur

      Was waiting for this.. Looks delicious.. Thanks a lot!

      Hope more sweets recipe are coming from your basket soon.

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