Hayagreeva Maddi recipe

Hayagreeva Maddi is a rich classic dessert from the Udupi cuisine. Usually offered as Naivedya and then served as Prasadam. The first time I tasted this was at the Krishna Matha in Udupi. Cooked Bengal gram comes together with jaggery, dry fruits, dry coconut and roasted poppy seeds. This dessert is ready in exactly half an hour.


125 gms or half cup Chana Dal/ Bengal gram

150 gms / a little more than half cup of jaggery or jaggery syrup

125 gms/ half cup of grated copra/ ( dried coconut)

3 tbsps of cashewnuts halved

3 tbsps of almonds broken into bits

3 tbsps of kishmish/ raisins

1 tsp cardamom powder

3 tsps khuskhus/ poppy seeds

7 cloves

5 tbsps Ghee/ clarified butter


Wash and pressure cook the chana dal in two glasses of water to five whistles. Allow to cool naturally. The texture of the Chana dal should be firm but should break easily.

In the mean time heat a pan. Drop in the poppy seeds and dry roast them till they turn a golden brown. Keep aside. Pour in the Ghee into the same pan. Drop in the cloves and as they are spluttering drop in the cashewnuts and almonds. As soon as the cashewnuts turn a golden yellow, add the raisins and toss till they fluff up. Add the copra, jaggery syrup, roasted poppy seeds and the cardamom powder. Mix thoroughly and then add the cooked Chana dal along with the little water which is left behind. Bring to a boil and simmer gently for a couple of minutes. Switch off and keep aside for ten minutes to allow the flavours to infuse.

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