Hayagreeva or Maddi

hayagreevaThis is one of my favorite sweet Hayagreeva, otherwise called as Maddi. It’s a traditional sweet from Karnataka. It is my mother-in-law’s recipe. It’s prepared from split bengal gram or kadale bele or channa dal and jaggery syrup with the flavors of cardamom and richness of dry kopra and dry fruits. Yes, you read it right very simple to prepare and tasty, heavenly with touch of ghee.

Here goes the recipe

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: Karnataka

Preparation time: 3 hours

Cooking time: 1/2 hour

Serves: 5 nos


Split Bengal gram/ kadale bele/ channa dal- 2 ½ cup

Jaggery grated- 3 cups

Cardamom powder -1 tbsp

Grated Dry kopra-1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Ghee-1/4 cup

Dry fruits of choice-1/4 cup


  1. Soak the split Bengal gram for 2 hours. Pressure cook with little water for four whistles. Sieve the water and keep the cooked dal aside.
  2. Take a deep sauce pan, add little ghee and once the ghee is hot enough, add the dry fruits and sauté well. Keep this aside.
  3. In the same pan, add the grated jaggery, water and start boiling until slightly single thread consistency is achieved.
  4. To this add the cooked dal, mix well. Now add the dry kopra, dry fruits and cardamom powder. Mix well.
  5. Cook the mixture well to get the thick consistency. Add the remaining ghee on top and mix once.
  6. Serve hot with extra ghee if required.

My Notes:

After adding dal into the jaggery syrup, dal stops cooking. Therefore dal should not be completely mashed or underdone during pressure cooking to get the right consistency of hayagreeva.

The water sieved from cooked dal can be used to prepare tasty rasaam.



  1. Good beginning Pavithra. Food holds together all of us here. Lovely blog and name too. Happy to see your initiative. It has been a great pleasure to see your lovely preparations in our face book page Foodie. Wish you all the best and looking forward to see your culinary skills over here👌👌👌💐💐💐

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