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Hayagreeva Maddi Recipe

Hayagreeva sweet is a sweet concoction of Bengal gram, jaggery with a good mix of flavors from ghee, nuts, cloves, and coconut flakes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegan
Allergen: Dairy free, Soy free
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 250kcal



Stove Top Directions

  • Wash the Chana dal and cook in the pressure cooker with about 1 ½ cup of water. (4 whistles)
  • 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. As it thickens, add the jaggery and stir to mix them evenly
  • Add ghee and keep stirring
  • After a few minutes as it thickens, add more sugar if you prefer it sweeter.
  • Add crushed cloves and roasted coconut and stir
  • Saute the cashews with a teaspoon of ghee and add to the sweet
  • "Hayagreeva Maddi " or Chana dal sweet is ready to be served hot. It can be served hot or cold.

Instant Pot Directions

  • Rinse the Bengal gram or chana dal in clean water 3 times.
  • Cook the chana dal with 2 cups of water for 10 mins, on high pressure. Check to make sure that the pressure valve is in the ‘sealing’ position.
  • At the end of 10 minutes, let the pressure release naturally.
  • Open the lid and press ‘saute’ mode and add jaggery and mix well.
  • Saute for 5- 7 minutes and when it starts to thicken, add crushed cardamoms, cloves and stir well.
  • Add 2 tablespoon of oil and continue to saute for 2 minutes with continuous stirring.
  • Meanwhile, keep ready with roasted cashews and coconuts.
  • Now add roasted coconuts, cashews and stir well.
  • When you get the desired consistency, press ‘cancel’ and your delicious hayagreeva sweet is ready to be served.


  • Add almond flour if your chana dal halwa or hayagreeva sweet does not get the desired consistency.
  • Add sugar if you prefer a sweeter version.
  • I used oil as an alternative for ghee because I prepared this as a vegan dessert. You could choose to use ghee or butter for the non-vegan or original authentic sweet.


Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg