Hayagreeva maddi ( chana dal sweet)

chana dal sweet
Hayagreeva maddi

Hardly do you find dishes named after dieties. This sweet is special that way. Hayagreeva refers to one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu. Long story short, one of the renowned devotee of Lord Vishnu offered cooked bengal gram during his prayers and the sweet dish (“Maddi”) was named after the Lord rather than the ingredient: “Hayagreeva Maddi”. It is a dessert that your family will love and grow to have fond memories of!

Regardless of the origin, the sweet will definitely make its mark with its unique and indulging taste. It’s a sweet concoction of bengal gram, jaggery  with a good mix of flavors from ghee, nuts, cloves and coconut flakes.  Apart from being a good source of protein and dietary fiber, what makes Bengal gram unique is its iron content. Chana dal is good for both curries and desserts.

Here’s the recipe.


  • 1 cup split Bengal Gram / Chana Dal
  • 1 cup jaggery
  • ½ cup organic sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • 15 medium sized cashews
  • 1 cup shredded & roasted coconut
  • 4-6 cloves
bengal gram
bengal gram/ chana dal


  • Wash the Chana dal and cook in pressure cooker with about ½ cup of water
  • Drain the water from the cooked chana dal and set it aside
  • Place a big vessel over medium heat. Add the cooked & drained Chana dal.  When it becomes thick, add the jaggery and stir to mix them evenly
  • Add ghee and keep stirring
  • After few minutes, when it is thick add more sugar if you prefer it sweeter
  • Add crushed cloves and roasted coconut and stir
  • Saute the cashews with a tsp of ghee and add to the sweet.
  • “Hayagreeva maddi ” or Chana dal sweet is ready to be served hot.  Can be served  hot or cold.
hayagreeva maddi
Chana dal sweet
Prep timeCook timeServes
30 Minutes25 Minutes6

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6 thoughts on “Hayagreeva maddi ( chana dal sweet)

  1. I love how it’s actually good for you! The protein and fiber alone is a great reason to try this with my family. Thanks!

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