Mohantal Recipe - How to make Traditional Gujarati Mohanthal at Home?

Mohanthal - A Traditional Gujarati Sweet

Gujaratis are die-heart lovers of sweets. The list of sweets we prepare and relish is really long. I will try to cover each of them on this blog. Mohanthal is one of those desserts (also spelled as Mohan Thal or Mohan Thar). It may have a resemblance of the South Indian Mysore Pak, but it is completely different in taste. 

One of the most common sweets prepared during Diwali or Navratri, I bet if you try this once you will be a fan of Mohanthal. This sweet is also famous in Rajasthan. Rich in flavour and melt-in-the-mouth texture of ghee roasted besan and sugar, Mohanthal can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for around two weeks.

gujarati mohanthal recipe

How to make Mohanthal at home?

I have provided a step by step recipe to make Mohanthal at home. I am sure you and your family will relish this sweet dish at home, especially during this festive season of Diwali.

Mohanthal Recipe

Ingredients to prepare Mohanthal:

Gram flour or Besan 2 cups

Milk 3 tablespoon and  1/2 cup

Desi Ghee 2 tablespoon + 1 + 1/4 cup

Sugar 1+1/4 cup

Water 1 cup

Milk powder 3/4 cup

Green cardamom powder 1 teaspoon

Saffron 1 tablespoon (mix in lukewarm water)

Badam and pistachio chopped  ¾ cup (for garnish)

Preparation Steps:

Take a big bowl. Add 2 cups of Besan into that. Add 2 tbsp of ghee and give gentle mix.

Now add 1 tbsp of milk and mix. Repeat this step two more times. Mix with your fingers until it forms a bread crumb like moisture and keep it aside for about 15 minutes.

Now blend the gram flour mix in a grinder - not more than 3 to 4 seconds.

Heat a pan, add 1 cup of ghee, add the gram flour to it and roast on low heat for 8 to 10 minutes.

Add 1/4 cup of melted ghee again. Keep the flame low. Keep stirring continuously until colour changes, then turn off the gas and keep it aside.

Meanwhile take another pan on high flame, add 1 cup + 1/4 cup of sugar along with 1 cup of water to make sugar syrup. Keep stirring continuously on a high flame.

Add cardamom powder and saffron (which has to be mixed in lukewarm water) into the sugar syrup pan and mix well.

Now need to test the sugar syrup. We need 1.5 to 2 string consistency of sugar syrup. This can be tested by pressing it in between your finger tips. If you get two strings means syrup is ready or you can even test by dropping into plain water which turns like jelly.

Now add 3/4 cup of milk powder into the gram flour and mix well.

On a low flame, pour sugar syrup into the gram flour and keep stirring the flour.

Now time to add 1/2 cup of milk into the pan, mix gently and continuously cook till you get the halwa consistency.

Pour the prepared Mohanthal mix on a greased tray and garnish with chopped almonds and pistachio.

Take a deep big plate, pour room temperature water into it. Place the Mohanthal tray into that water plate and let it set for about 2 hours. Post that it should be ready to cut into square pieces.

Ready to serve Gujarati Mohanthal!

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