Monday, August 13, 2012

Hayagreeva (Sweetened Chanadal)

Hayagreeva is a healthy, jaggery based dessert. It is simple and  doesn't require any special skills to make it. This sweet is rich in protein and iron.
Hayagreeva can also be offered as a naivedya to god. 

  • Chanadal- 1 cup 
  • Jaggery- 1/2- 3/4 cup (adjust accordingly)
  • Milk- 3-4 Tbsp
  • Grated Coconut- 3-4 Tbsp
  • Ghee- 3-4 tsp
  • Cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Cashew and raisins- 1-2 Tbsp each


Fry Chanadal for couple of minutes and then add little less than 2 cups of water and pressure cook it for one whistle.
After a whistle, simmer it for two minutes and then turn off the heat. After cooking the chanadal should still hold its shape. But if you want it soft, then go ahead and cook it for two whistles.
Once the pressure is gone, again start heating the mixture and add jaggery and let it melt completely. 
Once it comes to a boil, add the milk and grated coconut and mix well. 
Continue heating it until the mixture almost turns dry. Then turn off the heat. 
Now add 2 tsp of ghee and cardamom powder. Mix well. Garnish it with cashews and raisins (fried in ghee). Hayagreeva is ready!!

Serve it hot. Above measurement serves 3-4 people.

Note: You can use dry grated coconut instead of fresh one.