Hayagreeva is a traditional sweet preparation of South India, that is made during festivals and special occasions. Hayagriva is a sweet made with chana dal, jaggery, dry coconut. A traditional sweet dish to offer God as Nivedyam / Prasad and an easy to make with simple ingredients.
Chana dal – 1 cup
Jaggery – 3/4 cup grated (adjust to your taste)
Dry copra – 1/4 cup grated
Elachi – 2 or 3 crushed
Cashew nut – 1/2 tbs
Raisin – 5
Ghee – 1 tbs
Soak chana dal in water for at least 30 min ( this reduces your cooking time) or you can pressure cook without soaking for 2 whistles.
Cook the soaked chana dal in sufficient amount of water in a pressure cooker for 1 whistle, ensure the dal is cooked.
Drain the water in it with a colander and keep ready.
Add the drained dal to a pan and jaggery, saute until jaggery is melted completely without adding water, stir
On stirring you will observe that the mixture is thickening together as a mass to a semi-liquid state.
Add grated copra, stir
Add freshly crushed cardamom, mix, remove from the flame. Heat a tadka pan with 1 tbs of ghee, when it is hot fry cashew nut and raisin, add it to the mixture along with the ghee in it. mix properly.
Traditional Hayagreeva is ready.
You can add freshly grated coconut or grated dry copra of your choice in preparation.