Milk halwa (Duddalli)

I am thinking to start new posts to this blog with some famous Konkani sweets. Though I don’t like sweets, I like to make them, because no food is complete without a sweet. So let me start with a sweet which I like (that means I can eat a little bit of it).

This is prepared using ‘arraroot‘ or ‘Kachra peet’(I don’t know the English names). I was not having any hopes of finding either of these here. So I asked Aayi for some other alternative. As always, she had an alternative to it. So yesterday I prepared it and it tasted great.
Some people do not use chana dal, but I prefer this sweet with dal because it gives a different taste to this sweet.

Rice 1/2 cup
Coconut 1/2 cup
Milk 1 and 1/2 cups
Chana dal 1 tbl spn
Cashew nuts 1 tea spn
Sugar 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder 1/2 tea spn
Ghee(optional) 1 tea spn

Soak rice for about 2-3 hours. Then grind coconut and rice to a very smooth paste, use as much water as required.
Cook chana dal and cashew in cooker(or microwave).
Boil milk and add the ground rice-coconut mixture stirring continuously (be careful to avoid any lumps). Add sugar, chana dal and cashews. Add the ghee(optional). Stir till all the liquid is absorbed and you get a thick paste. Add cardamom powder.
Grease a plate and spread the paste on it. Allow it to cool. Cut it into big square pieces.
Serve. (I prefer this sweet with pickle).

Serves : 3
Preparation time : 20min

19 thoughts on “Milk halwa (Duddalli)”

  1. Tanuja, Thanks for the link.
    One more thing is arraroot is a natural remedy for ‘stomach upsets’ (as far as I remember) and some people absolutely dislike the taste of it. Thats the reason I felt it is better to avoid it in the recipe.

    Tony, Thanks :).

  2. Hi Shilpa,

    I stay in Melbourne with my husband and yesterday we had a Diwali celebration in his friend’s house and 20 people were there. I prepared Dhudali and took and received lots of appreciation for my cooking. All credits goes to you. We prepare at home lots of dishes from aayisrecipes and its great taste. We are newly married and my husband is fida on my cooking…..(secret)…

    Thanks a heap and keep writing.


  3. shambhavi prabhu

    Hi Shilpa,
    thanks a lot…i too am gsb from kumta,I am in new jersey
    i love dudalli,my mom used to make it with rice…now i already started with the preparations :),where exactly are you in NJ?


  4. 🙂 , i was like i can get first hand training in traditional cooking from the best!…no probs,online is also good…dudalli turned out well..

  5. hi,
    Am Disha, just moved to NJ, I loved your blog, I happenned to stumble on it while searching for chiroti rava in yahoo!!!.
    can anyone tell me where i can find chiroti rava in NJ

    Thanks in advance.

  6. Hi Shilpa,

    I’m new to this site and been browsing since yesterday. Got a lot of recipes that I’ve been looking for, for quite sometime. your site is fantastic and feel very homely when I’m here.
    could you pls tell me how to prepare this dish using arrowroot powder. I’d like to try this one. pls help.

    Shilpa: Here is how you make arroroot duddalli –
    Soak 1 cup arroroot in water. Change water 2-3 times. This is basically done to remove any unwanted particles from the root. Discard all water.
    Heat 2 cups of milk with 1 cup sugar. When all sugar is melted, slowly add the arroroot a little at a time till the micture thickens. Keep mixing to avoid any lumps. Add cooked chana dal & cashews if required. Add cardamom powder. Then pour the mixture on a greased(with ghee) plate and cut into pieces. Serve.

  7. Hi Shilpa,

    In English it’s called ‘Arrow root powder’. I have something called ‘inda peet'(konkani).I don’t know the English name. I know it’s similar to Arrow root. Was trying to find out how to utilise this inda peet. Probably I will use your this recipe replacing arrow root to inda peet.

    1. Hi. I recently bought indhachem peet from Mangalore.. it helps cool the body down and is a Palm starch… just like sago seeds used in faloodas.
      Arrowroot powder and indhachem are different. The former helps cure stomach upsets and the other cools the body.
      I’ve provided my email address Incase you would like to more.

      follow me on my recipe blog:bVenus. Blog spot.Com

  8. Hi Shilpa,

    What did you replace arrow root with? my mom always says that arrowroot is the best natural remedy for diarrohea… our marie biscuit has it:) this is an interesting sweet. will give my feedback soon;)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to Top