October 6, 2008

Hayagreeva / ಹಯಗ್ರೀವ

Hayagreeva is a sweet dish from Karnataka. It is a Madhwas recipe made as prasad to Lord Hayavadana. It is an easy recipe to make.

Servings: This recipe makes about 6 - 8 servings.


1 cup Chana dal / kadale bele /ಕಡಲೆ ಬೆಳೆ
¾ cup Jaggery/ ಬೆಲ್ಲ (grated/powdered)
¼ cup fresh grated coconut /ಕಾಯಿ ತುರಿ
3 tbsp ghee /ತುಪ್ಪ
1tsp of cardamom powder /ಏಲಕ್ಕಿಪುಡಿ
Raisins and Cashewnuts / ದ್ರಾಕ್ಷಿ + ಗೋಡಂಬಿ


First step is to cook the chana dal. You can cook in a pressure cooker or on stove top. For cooking in pressure cooker, use 1:1 measure dal and water.So for 1 cup of chana dal add 1 cup of water and cook for 3 whistles and switch it off. The dal should be just cooked, it should not be mushy. So use as little water as possible. Once dal is cooked, drain the water from the dal.

Using 1 tbsp ghee , fry raisins and cashews and keep it aside. In a thick bottom pan add the grated jaggery and half cup water and keep it on medium flame. let the jaggery dissolve and the mixture thickens a bit. Add 2 tbsp ghee, grated coconut, cashews, raisins and cardamom powder and cook for 5 minutes. Now add the cooked dal and mix well. Cook for another 5 minutes or until all moisture evaporates. Hayagreeva is ready to be served.