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Hayagreeva Maddi | Hayagriva Maddi
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5 from 11 votes

Hayagreeva Maddi | Hayagriva Maddi

Hayagreeva Maddi | Hayagriva Maddi, is an Udupi special recipe that is offered as a prasadam / neivedhiyam for Lord Hayagreeva. Lord Hayagreeva is an avatar of Vishnu in the form of a beautiful white horse.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Soaking time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dessert, Diwali Recipes, Festival Recipes, Sweet Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Karnataka, Udupi
Diet: Low Fat
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 539kcal


  • pan
  • spatula
  • bowl


  • 1 cup Chana dal / Kadalai Paruppu
  • 1 cup Jaggery / Vellam
  • ½ teaspoon Cardamom
  • 2 tablespoon Cashews and Raisins
  • 4 tablespoon Ghee + 1 tsp
  • ¼ cup Coconut grated


  • Wash and soak the Chana dal for couple of hours. This step is optional and ensures that the dal cooks quickly and evenly. If short on time, soak the dal at least for half an hour.
  • Drain the water and add enough fresh water to completely cover the dal. Cook it in pressure cooker or instant pot until the Chana dal is completely cooked, but not mushy. I cooked it on Manual for 10 minutes in Instant pot and let it naturally release.
  • Remove the cooked dal and drain it in a colander.
  • Mash the dal and keep it aside. I mashed it a little bit and left a few chunks of dal intact. Depending on how you like your texture to be, you can mash the dal completely and make it like a halwa or just mash it a bit and have some texture.
  • Fry the cashews and raisins in about a teaspoon of ghee until golden brown and keep it aside.
  • In a heavy bottom pan, add the measures jaggery and about ¼ cup of water and let the jaggery come to a boil. Strain the jaggery to remove any impurities and return it to the flame again. Let it boil for 3 to 4 minutes until it becomes slightly sticky and then add the mashed chana dal.
  • Mix well and add the ghee. The mixture will liquefy a bit and then start to thicken as we cook it.
  • Once the mixture reaches the desired thickness, add the cardamom powder, grated coconut and fried nuts/raisin and mix well. Turn off the flame and serve warm.


The color of the Hayagreeva Maddi | Hayagriva Maddi, depends on the kind of jaggery we use. The darker the jaggery, the darker the color we get.
I would recommend soaking the chana dal before ccooking as it helps cooking it evenly.
The consistency of the Hayagreeva Maddi is based on one's preference. You can leave it on slightly liquid side or cook it until it is solid.
Hayagreeva Maddi | Hayagriva Maddi solidifies a little upon cooling. So, take it out slightly before your desired consistency as it would thicken a little upon cooling.


Calories: 539kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3mg