Komal from Casablanca, Morocco, writes:

“Dear Kurma, I have been a regular visitor to this website. It has beautiful pictures, interesting diary, and excellent recipes. I even have a copy of your book Great Vegetarian Dishes. I love your recipes !!

Can you please give me a recipe for Mohanthal? Its a very delicious sweet made out of chickpea flour. I have tried various recipes but it never tastes good.”

My reply:

“Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words. I have tasted some very nice Mohanthal over the years, but I still don’t have a reliable recipe at my fingertips. For those of you that don’t know, Mohanthal is a type of firm, slightly-crumbly laddhu-like fudge made by adding hot sugar syrup to a roasted combination of chickpea flour (besan) and ghee.

The ingredients are simple, but the success is all in the strict temperature control, sugar syrup skill, and timing. I will blog your request and ask:

Is there anyone reading this entry who has a tried-and-true Mohanthal recipe?

Posted by Kurma on 3/1/10; 12:06:41 PM


Comments in response to this post:
I did try making mohanthal few times. It turned out the best the first time, when I followed one of the old aunty’s ( living in Malaysia) recipes. They didn’t have khoya, etc in Malaysia but substituted by using milk powder. Its the sugar syrup skill that makes the best mohanthal coupled with lightly soaking the chickpea flour with a bit of ghee and milk for a while to make it resemble bread crumbs. Then pass it through a sieve. Due to the nature of the flour, it can turn into small pebbles. You can grind it in a dry grinder and pass them through the sieve till all the flour is done with. Then roast the flour in ghee ( lots of it). When its almost done, add some almond powder. Roast it for a while and add just a bit of milk powder and mix it. Take it off the fire and let it stand for 2-3 minutes stirring it occasionally. Add cardamom for flavouring. Then add the sugar syrup and mix it. Sugar syrup should be 2 strand consistency. Pour it on greased square baking tray. Decorate with almond slivers. Make pieces after 20 minutes.

Aarti • 9/2/10; 10:56:00 PM

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