Mohanthaal ( Gujarati Recipe)

Mohanthaal ( Gujarati Recipe)

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Mohanthaal is another famous sweet from the gujarati repertoire. This sweet needs to be prepared with tact, as the one-thread sugar syrup is the foundation stone for the success of this recipe. If overdone, the dish loses its colour and taste. Also, the mava that imparts the softness to this sweet should be added after the besan is adequately browned.

Mohanthaal ( Gujarati Recipe) recipe - How to make Mohanthaal ( Gujarati Recipe)

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 25 pieces
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3 cups besan (bengal gram flour)
1 1/4 cups ghee
1/4 cup mava (khoya)
2 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
a pinch of nutmeg (jaiphal) powder
10 to 12 almonds (badam) , slivered
10 to 12 pistachios , slivered

  1. Combine the besan and ¼ cup of ghee in a bowl and mix well with your finger tips till the mixture is crumbly. Keep aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat the remaining 1 cup of ghee in a kadhai, add the besan mixture and cook on a slow flame for 30 minutes or till the besan turns dark brown in colour. Keep stirring continuously and scraping the sides of the kadhai.
  3. Add the mava, mix well and cook on a slow flame for another 7 to 8 minutes, while stirring continuously. Remove from the flame and keep aside.
  4. In another non-stick pan, combine the sugar with just enough water (approx 1 cup) to immerse the sugar. Cook on a slow flame for approx 15 to 20 minutes to form a one-string consistency, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove from the flame, add this sugar syrup to the besan mixture and keep stirring continuously till the mixture thickens to a dropping consistency (approx 10 to 15 minutes).
  6. Add the cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and half the almond and pistachio slivers and mix well.
  7. Pour into a 200 mm. (8") diameter thali with 25 mm. (1”) height and spread the mixture evenly with a spatula.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining almond and pistachio slivers and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.
  9. Make square or diamond shape cut marks and keep aside till it cools completely.
  10. Cut into pieces and store in an air-tight container.

Handy tip:

    Handy tip:
  1. You can start making the sugar syrup immediately after the besan has been cooked for 10 to 15 minutes.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per piece
Energy233 cal
Protein4.5 g
Carbohydrates28.8 g
Fiber3 g
Fat11.1 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium14.4 mg


Mohanthaal ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 22 Aug 19 03:43 PM

I am in Australia and here i don''t get fresh mava, so what can i use it instead? or please share recipe to make mava at home. thank you
Mohanthaal ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 03 Aug 19 10:04 AM

Is it possible to make mohanthal without mava or khoya ,can you suggest something vegan instead of mava
Tarla Dalal
05 Aug 19 12:38 PM
   Hi, its not possible to makeit vegan...
Mohanthaal ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 09 Oct 17 04:30 PM

I had tried once and it turned 9ut awesome,but second time it became very hard. Plz tell me the main trick of making soft mohanthal and also where could i have done mistake that it turned hard. Kindly guide.
Tarla Dalal
09 Oct 17 05:25 PM
   Hi Jyoti, The timings and flame are very very imp in making a perfect mohanthal and this sweet does require a lot of practice...
Mohanthaal ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 01 Aug 16 04:25 PM

This is a mouth-watering sweet and an all time favourite sweet of my kids. My kids love to eat this and they eat mohanthaal like anything when made by me. I also served this sweet to guests and all enjoyed eating it.
Mohanthaal ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 17 Aug 15 05:07 PM

Mohanthaal.. this festival im just going to make this amazing sweet again.. it takes little effort to make.. but this effort is worth trying.. while making this sweet the aroma was so good.. the dry fruits added to it just gave the perfect crunch the sweets.. its a must try recipe..