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Ulutham Kali (or) Urad dal halwa (or) Ukali

Delicious and Nutritious Dessert to strengthen your uterus and spine. Uluntham Kali/Urad dal Halwa, is a long forgotten healthy sweet which is good for pregnancy and kids. Are you pregnant ladies craving sweet? This urad dal halwa could satisfy your cravings and strengthen your body.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Ulutham kali / urad dal halwa is made with just few main ingredients like urad dal & jaggery, traditionally its given to children who attain puberty and women whose are pregnant in order to strengthen their spine & uterus. It’s a good practise to bring this dish as often as atleast every month. If you have girl children right from childhood. It will be useful to them in future. You can also take this dish as a post pregnancy dish. It relieves back pain. Urad dal is high in protein and good for pelvic and back bones, the addition of sesame seed oil along with jaggery is deliciously rich in iron which is required for women in general.

We call it ukali in our house and my toddler from the moment she tasted these decadent dessert feel in love with it. There is no greater joy for a parent to know that their kids are loving the healthy food in this junk food society. Its sweet and likable by babies too. You can start to make these from 10 months after introducing urad dal to them. For babies under 1, omit salt and reduce the jaggery to half portion. Before trying consult with your pediatrician.

Hope you all will give this recipe a try and spread the love and good health around.
Are you pregnant ladies craving sweet? This urad dal halwa could satisfy your cravings and strengthen your body. Pregnancy related healthy foods are soon to be lined up as per requested.

Watch the video recipe here

Ingredients Required:

Urad Dal 1/2 cup
Jaggery/ Palm jaggery 1/2 cup
Water 1 cup
Cardamom Powder 1/4 tsp
Salt To taste
Sesame Oil/ Gingelly Oil 1.5 tbsp


1. Heat a wide pan and dry roast urad dal until golden colour on a medium low flame. Takes up to 8- 10 minutes.

2. Once the dal is roasted allow it to cool and grind it to a fine powder in a mixer.

3. Sieve the ground flour to ensure there are no big pieces.

4. Add jaggery and water in a separate pan and cook until the jaggery is dissolved. I used palm jaggery.

5. You can strain the syrup if you want and transfer it to the same pan and heat again. My jaggery was clean and I skipped this step.

6. Now take a kadai or a wide pan and heat sesame oil/ gingelly oil.

7. Then add the urad dal powder and cook on a medium flame, stirring continuously until the mixture turns slightly darker.

8. Reduce the flame to low and then slowly add the hot jaggery syrup to the mixture. Be careful while adding it will emit lot of steam.

9. Cook the syrup and the mixture on a medium flame until it leaves the sides and forms a big mass. Takes about 5 minutes.

10. Finally add salt, cardamom powder and mix thoroughly

11. Garnish with some fried cashews and serve.


1. You can use skinned urad dal instead of washed urad dal for more nutritious.
2. Can substitute palm jaggery to jaggery, just use the same measurements.
3. Can use ghee instead of sesame oil to when serving to guests. Sesame oil is good for health and thus I have used it.

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Posted by Surekha on March 31, 2018, 9:30 a.m.

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Anonymous May 27, 2018, 7:27 p.m.

Lakshmi Jayakumar July 15, 2018, 7:44 p.m.
Very good receipe,strengthen our bones