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Mohanthal Recipe - Mohan Thal (2 Ways)
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Learn Mohanthal Recipe - Mohan Thal-2 Ways Video Recipe (मोहनथाल) Video Recipe—Mohanthal or Mohan Thal is a traditional Gujarati-Rajasthani Dessert. This is an outstanding and classic Indian fudge made with gram flour (besan) and ghee and sweetened with saffron and cardamom flavored sugar syrup.
Happy weekend guys. Hope you all are doing good. Any plans for this weekend? For me, this weekend is going to be super busy. I have plans for some major long-due Autumn home cleaning, and I so hope that it could finally be done this weekend. Just keeping my fingers crossed. I have also told to the other two helpers of the family to not make any plans for this weekend — some work coming up their way. I know it’s gonna be very tiring, but it’s all worth it. Isn’t it? 🙂
Coming to today’s recipe. This is another Diwali inspired recipe after Mathri, Gulab Jamun, and Aloo Puri. Most of you would know that one of the biggest Indian festivals Diwali is only some days away.
Good food = great festive time. No celebration is complete without a touch of sweet dishes. Isn’t it?
There is a wide variety of Indian desserts (sweets) aka ‘Mithai’. And Diwali and Mithais are bestest of the friends.
Today I am sharing a dessert aka ‘Mitai’ which is very popular during Diwali time in the western Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. This mithai is ‘Mohanthal’, which is also known as a Diwali Mithai.
In the sates of Rajasthan and Gujarat, this dessert dish ‘Mohanthal’ is a must during the festival of Diwali. I come from the Indian state of Rajasthan. So I grew up eating this Mithai almost every year. The last Diwali I celebrated in India with my family was about 10 years ago, and that time my Mom also made this sweet and she still does.
Gujarat and Rajasthan are neighboring states in India, and so their eating preferences are kinda similar. We had many Gujarati neighbors, and every Diwali my Mom and her Gujarati friends exchanged this sweet. The reason is, this Mithai made with exact same ingredients, but the cooking method is different in both the states. So different families packed different flavors. My Mom learnt the Gujarati Mohanthal recipe from her friends, and vice versa.
Like my Mommy, I don’t really make Mohanthal every Diwali here. During my last visit to India, I learned to make Mohanthal with both of the methods from my Mom. So this Diwali I decided to make both versions of this Mohanthal.
What is Mohanthal?
Mohanthal or Mohan Thal is a traditional Gujarati & Rajasthani Dessert. This is a dense Indian style fudge made with gram flour (besan), ghee, dry fruits and sweetened with saffron and cardamom flavored sugar syrup. This mithai is usually cooked during the festive season such as Diwali. This melt-in-the-mouth classic mithai is very rich in texture and taste.
Why should you try this Mohanthal recipe?
All in all, if you are from Gujarat or Rajasthan and living abroad like me, and if you are badly missing your mom’s homemade Mohanthal, then this is a perfect fool-proof recipe for you. I hope that this Diwali you make this exotic Mohanthal for your family and friends. I guarantee, this will be a taste they will cherish for a long time.
What is the difference between Gujarati and Rajasthani Mohanthal?
Gujarati Mohanthal does not have any kohya/mawa, but Rajasthani Mohanthal recipe often included khoya.
In Gujarati Mohanthal recipe you roast besan in ghee, but in Rajasthani Mohanthal you first have to make muthiyas. Then you deep fry them and after frying, you pound them and pass it through a sieve to get a fine powder. Then you roast this with ghee.