Mohanthal ( Mithai Cookbook)

Mohanthal  ( Mithai Cookbook)

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Mohanthal is a traditional mithai with the rich flavour and melt-in-the-mouth texture of ghee-roasted besan. Rose water and spices like cardamom and saffron give the sweet an enticing flavour and captivating aroma, while an assortment of slivered nuts makes the sweet richer. Popular in Rajasthan and Gujarat, this sweet is a part and parcel of the festive season. We have used regular besan for this recipe, which is easy to procure. Mohanthal can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for around 10 days!

Mohanthal ( Mithai Cookbook) recipe - How to make Mohanthal ( Mithai Cookbook)

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 40 pieces.
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2 cups besan (bengal gram flour)
3 tbsp melted ghee
6 tbsp milk
1 cup melted ghee
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tsp milk
1 tbsp rose water , optional
1/4 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
1/4 tsp saffron (kesar) strands
1/2 tap oil for greasing
1 tbsp pistachio slivers for sprinkling
1 tbsp almond (badam) slivers for sprinkling

  1. Combine the saffron strands and ½ tsp warm water in a bowl, mix well and keep aside.
  2. Combine the besan, 3 tbsp of melted ghee and 3 tbsp of milk in a deep bowl and mix well using your fingertips till no lumps remain.
  3. Gently press it to even out the mixture. Cover with a lid and keep aside for 30 minutes.
  4. Break the lumps lightly with your fingertips and sieve it using a sieve with big holes. Keep aside.
  5. Heat the ghee in a brass vessel on a high flame for 1 minute.
  6. Add the sieved besan mixture, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5 minutes, or till the mixture turns brown in colour, while stirring continuously.
  7. Remove from the flame and keep aside to cool for 15 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, combine the sugar and 1 cup of water in a deep non-stick pan, mix well and cook on a high flame for 2 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  9. Lower the flame to slow, when it boils, add 2 tsp of milk, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Remove the dirt that floats on the sugar mixture and discard it.
  10. Lower the flame to slow and cook for 7 minutes, or till the syrup is of 1. 5 thread consistency, while stirring occasionally.
  11. Add the rose water and mix well. Keep aside.
  12. Add the cardamom powder, saffron-water mixture and the prepared sugar syrup to the cooled besan mixture, mix well and stir for approx. 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring continuously or till the mixture cools.
  13. Add the remaining 3 tbsp of milk and mix well, refer handy tip.
  14. Grease a 200 mm. (8”) diameter thali with oil and pour the mixture into it and spread it evenly using a flat spatula.
  15. Sprinkle the pistachio and almond slivers evenly over it and pat it lightly.
  16. Keep it aside to cool completely for 1 to 2 hours.
  17. Cut into equal sized pieces and serve or store in an air-tight container and use as required.

Handy tips:

    Handy tips:
  1. At step no 13, 3 tbsp of milk should be added only if the mixture has thickened a bit and not smooth enough to pour into a thali.
  2. This stays fresh for 10 days when stored in an air-tight container at room temperature.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per piece
Energy115 cal
Protein2 g
Carbohydrates10.9 g
Fiber1.3 g
Fat7 g
Cholesterol0.4 mg
Sodium6.5 mg
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Mohanthal ( Mithai Cookbook)
 on 01 Nov 18 10:55 AM

I made it today and it has come out awesomely good Adding milk is a very good tip
Mohanthal ( Mithai Cookbook)
 on 12 Oct 18 06:17 PM

You have given Nutritional Facts for one piece.I want to know the weight of one piece.
Tarla Dalal
15 Oct 18 08:58 AM
   Sorry, we do not weigh them in grams.
Mohanthal ( Mithai Cookbook)
 on 09 Oct 18 06:28 PM

perfect texture with awesome taste...superb..
Tarla Dalal
15 Oct 18 08:57 AM
   Hi Jalpa, We are delighted you loved the recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback about recipes you have tried. Happy Cooking!
Mohanthal ( Mithai Cookbook)
 on 07 Sep 18 10:57 AM

2 cups means how much measurement
Tarla Dalal
07 Sep 18 11:54 AM
   Hi Anushka, 2 cups = 500 gm in our recipes.
Mohanthal ( Mithai Cookbook)
 on 14 Jul 18 12:30 AM

I made today it was good. i never add milk after dun. but still its good. next time i will add milk
Tarla Dalal
16 Jul 18 09:21 AM
   Hi Kamini, Thank you for your kind words. Happy to know you liked the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed it. Happy cooking !!
Mohanthal ( Mithai Cookbook)
 on 26 Oct 17 05:56 PM

Thanks for receipy. Preparation was nice. D C PANCHAL
Tarla Dalal
27 Oct 17 04:38 PM
   Thank you for your kind words... Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them.. Happy Cooking !!
Mohanthal ( Mithai Cookbook)
 on 15 Oct 17 08:03 PM

Mohanthal ( Mithai Cookbook)
 on 28 Sep 17 05:50 PM

Amazing..I have been trying a lot of ur recipes recently and they all turn out to be very good...i tried making mohanthal and as i''m writing the review its cooling down..its awsum..thank you so much...
Tarla Dalal
29 Sep 17 08:23 AM
   Thank you for your kind words... Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them.. Happy Cooking !!
Mohanthal ( Mithai Cookbook)
 on 30 Jul 16 08:51 AM

This recipe I made at home and it is soo good. I will surely make this often as my husband loves it. The best thing is it lasts for 10 days so it can be made and stored and enjoyed when one gets the craving.