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Mohanthal- Traditional Gujarati Recipe

Gujarati mohanthal recipe is a delicious and popular Indian mithai or sweet made for Diwali mainly. This is slightly grainy, rich and delicious fudge with chickpea flour or besan and ghee as main ingredient. Here I am sharing a super detailed with an exhaustive list of tips and tricks so that you can make best mohanthal for Diwali. It does take some time but totally worth it 🙂
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert/sweet
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: mohanthal
Servings: 12 pieces
Calories: 309kcal
Author: Harini


For sugar syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder 3-4 green cardamoms, pounded
  • few saffron strands

For mohanthal

  • 2 cups chickpea flour
  • 1.25 cups ghee
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios


Preparing the Besan Dharbo

  • Take 2 cups besan in a large bowl.
  • Add 4 tbsp of milk and 3 tbsp ghee.
  • Mix well with your fingertips to crumble the mixture well.
  • Keep aside for 20-30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, sift the besan mixture once. Keep aside.

To make sugar syrup

  • Combine the water and sugar in a pan. Cook in medium flame, mix well until the sugar dissolves completely. Add the saffron strands and cardamom powder
  • Bring the mixture to a rolling boil and simmer till the mixture reaches 2 string thread consistency. If you are using a candy thermometer, cook until 115C/ 239 F temperature is reached.
  • Once the consistency is right, remove from flame and keep aside until use.

How to make mohanthal mithai

  • Heat the remaining ghee in a pan
  • Now add the sifted besan to the ghee. Mix very well and roast besan in medium flame.
  • Continue to cook until the besan is well roasted and turns to a slight golden brown color.
  • After around 8-11 minutes, the mixture will bubble and turn grainy.
  • At this stage we will add the prepared sugar syrup.
  • Mix well and cook in low flame for another 3-4 minutes. Once the mixture leaves the sides of the pan remove it from flame.
  • Transfer the mohanthal mixture to a greased tin and spread the chopped almonds and pistachios. Let the mixture cool completely to room temperature. Cut the set fudge into squares and store mohanthal mithai in airtight containers.


Serving: 3g | Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg