Hayagreeva maddi recipe | Udupi special Hayagreeva recipe with step by step photos:
Hayagreeva maddi is originated from Udupi and it carries a story behind its origin.Its a sweet dish prepared during festivals,and is offered to the deities of Sode Vadiraja Mutt everyday.The word ‘hayagreeva’ literally means ‘horse-neck’.According to the mythological stories that I have read,the origin of this dish goes something like this: Once a sculptor was carving statue of Lord Ganesha.But when he was trying to shape Lord Ganesha’s trunk,it would automatically take the shape of Hayagreeva(face of a horse).Surprised by this,sculptor tries to shape it back to Ganesha’s trunk and when he would just finish his work,trunk would again change its shape to that of a Hayagreeva or horse’s face! This keeps repeating many times.Angered by this,the sculptor stops his work and keeps away the statue that he made and totally forgets about it.
Same night,Sri Vadiraj,a great devotee of Sri Krishna Mutt,gets a dream.In his dream the Hayagreeva appears and requests him to set him free by offering pooja.And the same Hayagreeva appears in sculptor’s dream too and asks him to handover the statue to Sri Vadiraj.
Next morning,Sculptor does as he was instructed by Hayagreeva in his dream.And Sri Vadiraj takes the statue to a place called ‘Sode’ and performs pooja to Hayagreeva statue.As chana dal or bengal gram are usually given as food to horse,Sri vadiraj prepares a sweet dish using chana dal and offers it to Hayagreeva statue after his pooja everyday.It is belived that God Hayagreeva would come and eat the sweet dish offered to him.And hence goes the name ‘Hayagreeva Maddi’ to this sweet dish.The story continues though..I am sure the reader will do his own research to know the complete story 🙂 .
And now,lets talk about the recipe 🙂 .Most of the recipes I have been sharing with you all are easy to make and healthy.I have been focusing more on the traditional food rather than the modern instant recipes or baking items.Hayagreeva maddi is also one of the quick and delicious sweet dish that you can prepare with easily available ingredients at home.
chana dal – 2 cups
ghee – 1/3 cup
jaggery – 1.5 cups
salt – a pinch
fresh shredded coconut – 1/2 cup
cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
cloves – 4 to 5
cashew nuts – 2 tbsp
raisins – 2 tbsp
- Soak chana dal in water for 15 minutes.
- Drain water from soaked chana dal and add dal to pressure cooker.
- Add 4 cups of water to cooker.
- Pressure cook the dal on high flame upto 4 or 5 whistles or until the dal is cooked well.
- In a thick bottomed kadai,heat 1/3 cup of ghee.
- Add cooked dal to ghee.Do not add water from cooker.Add only dal.
- Add 1 and half cups of jaggery.You can slightly adjust jaggery measurement as per your taste preference.
- Once the jaggery melts completely add a pinch of salt and cook until the dal and jaggery mixture thickens.
- Further add 1/2 cup of fresh shredded coconut.
- Also add 1/2 tsp of cardamom powder,4 to 5 cloves,2 tbsp each of ghee roasted raisins and cashew nuts.Mix everything together and turn off the flame.
- Delicious Hayagreeva maddi will be ready 🙂
Step by step photos:
Soak 2 cups of chana dal in water for 15 minutes. Drain water from soaked dal and add dal to pressure cooker along with 4 cups of water.Pressure cook the dal on high flame up to 4 to 5 whistles or until dal is cooked well. Heat 1/3 cup of ghee in a heavy bottomed kadai.
Drain water from cooked dal and add dal to kadai. Add 1.5 cups of jaggery. Once the jaggery melts completely,add a pinch of salt. Jaggery melts.Continue to cook until the mixture thickens.
Next,add 1/2 cup of fresh shredded coconut and 1/2 tsp of cardamom powder. Also add 4 to 5 cloves.This adds to the flavor. Further add 2 tbsp each of ghee roasted raisins and cashew nuts and mix everything together. Turn off the flame and Hayagreeva maddi will be ready 🙂 !