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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Mohanthal Recipe

Mohanthal is a traditional dessert from Indian state of Gujarat. It is basically a delectable, melt in mouth besan (chickpea) fudge. Mohanthal is rich in calories and is made during special occasions and festivals like Janmashtami, Navratri and Diwali. Mohan is one of the names of Lord Krishna, and as it is a preferred offering to him, hence the name of the dish. This fudge is a perfect blend of ghee roasted chickpea flour, khoya (milk solids) and sugar. It is further topped with loads of dry fruits and flavored with green cardamom.

Mohanthal can be made at home and trust me, it is far more better than the store bought ones as we know what exactly is going into it. i make the Khoya also at home. During festive season there are more chances of adulteration so it is best to make milk based sweets at home. The crucial step in making Mohanthal is the sugar syrup consistency. We need to wait patiently until the sugar syrup attains a two string consistency. If you add the syrup before that stage, your fudge will not set. Also the besan has to be roasted in ghee on a low flame , while continuously stirring till it is aromatic.

Video Recipe for Mohanthal


Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes


  • 1 cup besan / chickpea flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 /2 cup Khoya ( click here for link to Homemade Khoya recipe)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 2 tablespoon almond slivers
  • 2 tablespoon pistachio slivers
  • 1/2 teaspoon green cardamom powder
  • Few Saffron strands
  1. Take chickpea flour in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoon warm milk and 2 tablespoon warm ghee to it and mix well. It should resemble bread crumbs and you should be able to bind the flour with your fist.

2. Now sieve the crumbled flour using a soup strainer . Use the back of a spoon or your fingers to press the flour against the strainer.

3. Next in a sauce pan take 1 cup sugar and little more than 1/2 cup water and heat it on a low to medium flame. Keep stirring until all the sugar is dissolved in the water. Now allow the syrup to boil and it reaches a 2 string consistency. Keep stirring the sugar syrup occasionally.

4. While the sugar syrup is getting ready, we will roast the flour. For that in another non stick wok add remaining ghee and heat it. Add the sieved flour to the ghee and roast it on low to medium flame while continuously stirring. Keep roasting the mix , until it becomes aromatic, change in color to golden from yellow and becomes light.

5. Now add the grated or crumbled Khoya to the roasted flour and 1/4 cup milk and blend well. Now check the sugar syrup for 2 string consistency. For that take one drop of syrup on the thumb and try to pull it with the index finger, you should be able to get 2 strings. Other method is to take a drop of sugar syrup and drop it in a bowl of water. Now try to gather the syrup drop, it should come together as a ball, the desired consistency is attained.

  6. Carefully add the sugar syrup to the roasted mix. Stir well so that the syrup is distributed evenly . Cook the mix on low flame for another 2-3 minutes. Add the cardamom powder and mix. By now the fudge mixture would have started leaving the sides of the wok. Immediately put off the flame and pour the  mix in a greased tray. 

7. With a greased back of bowl press and flatten the fudge. Garnish it with slivered almonds and pistachio press again and set the fudge aside for setting. Cut the fudge into squares or into desired shape while still hot. Allow the mohanthal to cool down completely before separating out the pieces. Transfer the pieces of mohanthal in an air tight container until serving time.

Recipe Notes:
  • Do not reduce the amount of ghee if you are looking for the authentic taste of Mohanthal
  • Mohanthal stays good at room temperature for 2-3 days. 
  • Sieving the crumbled flour gives the desired texture to the fudge so do not skip that step.
  • Be patient while roasting the flour at low flame and also while making the 2 string sugar consistency.
  • Few saffron strands may be added to mohanthal.
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If you are looking for more janmashtami special recipes, do check out my posts on Dried Figs, Dates and Nuts rollInstant Peanut Coconut LadooMakhane Ki KheerDhaniya Panjiri , GopalkalaLauki Ki Barfi

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  1. How irresistible those mohanthal looks, am yet to try this fabulous sweet, now you are tempting me very much.

    1. Thank you so much Priya. Do give it a try. I am sure you would love it.

  2. Lovely!!! I have been meaning to make this for a long time!!! Your recipe sounds perfect to try it out now :) Yummy!

  3. I just love the sweets made with besan and your Mohanthal looks absolutely divine and irresistible. Beautiful share for Janmashtami !!

  4. Love besan sweets And your mohanthal looks so perfect and delish Loved your presentation. Perfect festive dish Lovely share.

  5. Just Irresistible.. I love mohanthal even though its full of calories. I love how you have so much patience to make the traditional Indian sweets.

    1. Thank you di..yes Mohanty is very rich in calories but on festive occasions you can indulge in such treats ..and yes some of Indian traditional desserts require lots of patience but believe me the final results are worth the efforts

  6. I had heard a lot about mohanthaal but have come across a recipe for the first time. It looks really delicious and festive, and sounds easy to do too. Bookmarked for a special occasion.

  7. Loved the way you have explained the recipe in detail, the mohanthal looks absolutely yum perfect for the festivities.

  8. Wow made to perfection...I was not knowing the name Mohanthal due to Kanha's one of name as Mohan..good info

    1. Thank you Renu. I am glad you found my post enlighting.

  9. Wow I am salivating looking at the pictures. I wish I could grab some off of the screen. I love mohan thal

  10. Wow. Mohanthal looks so perfect. I loved the way you described the tradition and name of the sweet. Your blog has many great recipes with step by step picture to follow. Have been meaning to try lots of recipes from there. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for this positive feedback Malini. I am glad you like my post and want to give them a try. Do not forget to share you feedback here once you try the recipes

  11. Wow!!!what a lot of patience at your end Poonam. The recipe out come shows the results too.

  12. I have been thinking to make mohan thal since last Diwali. Surely This year will make it for sure. Looking so mouthwatering and really came out perfectly. Bookmarking your recipe to try.

  13. Mohanthaal sounds so irresistible and divine, one of my Indian sweets that I make almost every Diwali. Lovely step by step pictures to follow.

  14. Hopped onto the page again and loved it :)