Instant Moong Daal Halwa

Diwali is the busiest time for us ladies. So much work – shopping, decoration, gifts to be packed, food preparations etc. However, when it comes to food preparations for Diwali, I look forward more to desserts.

In this busy festival time, I try for dessert that’s easy to make and gets ready quickly, as there are other delicacies to be made as well.

I have grown up having moong-dal halwa on Diwali. My family Diwali celebration is incomplete without desserts like sweet boondi, gulab-jamun, chandrakala and of course this lip-smacking halwa.

Instant moong-dal halwa

So, below I have explained the process of making quick version of traditional moong-daal halwa.

Ingredients for moong dal halwa

  • Moong dal (green gram spilt): 1 cup
  • Mawa/khoa: ¾ cup
  • Sugar: ¾ cup
  • Ghee: ¼ cup
  • Milk: ¼ cup
  • Cardamom powder: 1 tbsp
  • Almond flakes: 1 tbsp
  • Pistachio flakes: 1 tbsp

Process

In the usual version, moong dal is soaked for few hours and then ground to fine paste. However, this paste being sticky, takes longer time to cook which is a tiring process.

Here, in this easy version I have used dry moong dal. No soaking of dal is required, just grind dry moong dal to coarse powder.

Moong-dal powder for halwa

  • Heat ghee in heavy bottom vessel and roast moong dal powder in it till it turns slight golden and you start getting roasted dal fragrance. It will take roughly 15 minutes on medium heat to get dal roasted.
  • Add mawa and mix it properly to break any lumps if any.
  • Add sugar, milk, cardamom powder and stir continuously. Mix for another 2-3 minutes and tasty moong daal halwa is ready.
  • If you don’t want mawa, you can replace it with 2 1/2 cups of milk.
  • Garnish with almond and pistachio flakes before serving.

Easy moong-dal halwa

If you are fond of dal preparations, you may also like moong dal tikki and farra (healthy meal prepared out of chana dal (bengal gram spilt).

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How to Create a Madhubani Painting Tree Planter?

Festive season is around the corner and everyone of us are look for ideas to decorate our homes. So, what could be better choice than using simple ideas to create functional decorative pieces.

Here I’m sharing an easy process using which you can create a folk art inspired planter all by yourself. Its  eco-friendly and cost effective too. You can use any waste jar to create this beautiful tree-planter.

DIY tree planter

In this pot, I have incorporated popular motifs of Madhubani art. Madhubani painting is a popular Indian folk art and anyone can learn it. You can read my post on How to do Madhubani painting in six easy steps to learn more about techniques of this art.

Materials required to transform a plastic jar to plant pot

  • Plastic jar
  • Ceramic powder
  • Fevicol (adhesive)
  • Old piece of cotton cloth of container size
  • Painting brushes: 1 flat and one fine tip round brush
  • Acrylic colors: white, brown
  • Clear varnish
  • Water

Process

First I will explain how I have created the base for this pot from an old plastic container.

  • Clean and dry the container before proceeding with further work. Measure and cut cloth as per the size of the container.

DIY tree planter - materials

  • In a bowl take ceramic powder and Fevicol in 3:1 ratio and mix it. Add small amount of water to make a thick paste.
  • Dip the cloth in this paste and evenly spread it on container. Make sure that cloth is spread smoothly all around or else you will find it difficult to paint.

diy-tree-planter-step3

  • Let it dry for few hours.

Coloring work

  • Now with the flat brush, apply base brown color all over. Again let it dry for 3-4 hours.

DIY tree planter - step4

  • Using fine tip round brush, we will now paint foreground motifs with white color. You can see more of madhubani motifs here and paint free hand as per your liking. You can even paint mandalas here if you enjoy creating mandalas. You may like to read post on how to draw mandala in six easy steps.
  • Apply 3-4 coats of clear varnish once the paint dries.

DIY tree planter

Note – Before planting any plant of your choice, do create a hole (approx 1 cm diameter) at the bottom of planter to allow water drainage.

I truly enjoy creating such small personalized home decor and gifts. You can also check how I created this personalized door nameplate and key-holder.

Adding such homemade pieces makes house our home and creates homely feeling. I hope you enjoy creating this easy planter.

Ask me if you have any doubt while creating this pot or while practicing Madhubani art. I will be most happy to help. Thanks for reading and hope to see you here again.

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