July 20, 2018

Hayagreeva Maddi | Hayagreeva - Udupi Mutt Prasadam

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Hayagreeva Maddi or Hayagreeva as this sweet is popularly called was offered to Lord Hayagreeva(an Incarnation of Lord Mahavishnu with a horse face) by a very devout devotee daily at the Udupi Mutt.

Hayagreeva maddi or Hayagriva mandi is a traditional offering made especially on Hayagreeva Jayanti . A very easy and a delectable sweet made using Channa dhall / bengal gram and jaggery with some ghee,dry fruits and fresh coconut .

 There is a myth that the Lord in the form of a white Horse would come and partake this Prasadam / Offering . Even to this day, this sweet is offered to the Lord as prasadam daily .

Who is Lord Hayagreeva ?

 Lord Hayagriva  /Hayagreeva is an Incarnation of Lord Vishnu with a horse face. Lord vishnu took this avatar to retrieve the vedas that were stolen by the Asuras / Demons . Haygreeva avatar is a lesser known avatar of lord Mahavishnu and is worshipped for being bestowed upon with good knowledge and intelligence.  Children are taught to pray to Lord Hayagreeva before commencing Education /schooling .

The day on which Lord Vishnu incarnated as Hayagreeva ,it is celebrated as Hayagreeva Jayanti and it is on this day that the Brahmins change their holy sacred thread (poonal) and this festival is known as Avani Avittam . 

Preparation Time : 45 mins
Cooking Time : 20-25 mins
Complexity : easy

Recipe credit - from chef Venkatesh Bhatt on a cooking show 


1 cup channa dhall / bengal gram
3/4 cup or 1 cup jaggery grated
2-3 tablespoon of ghee
1 tablespoon fresh grated coconut
pinch of cardamom / elaichi powder
handful of cashews and raisins


  • Wash the bengal gram well and soak it for about 10-15 mins and pressure cook until it becomes soft with a pinch of haldi .
  • Mash the dhall coarsely using back of a ladle or a masher. Do not mash it too fine,let there be a few pieces of the dhall to get the bite when you eat the sweet.
  • In a wide pan, melt the jaggery with a little water and let it come to a rolling boil. In case of impurities, filter the jaggery syrup using a sieve.
  • Add the mashed dhall and coconut gratings to the jaggery syrup and mix it well with 2-3 teaspoons of ghee. 
  • Cook the mixture on medium flame by stirring occasionally to prevent burning until it thickens and appears glossy . Turn off the stove.
  • Add the cardamom powder, 1 tablespoon ghee along with roasted cashews and raisins and mix well.
  • Garnish with some fresh grated coconut and offer it to the lord and enjoy the Prasad.

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  1. That is one delicious prasadam. Easy to make with just a few ingredients. Just love reading about some the traditions that you follow Priya. Get to learn something new every time.

  2. Hayagreeva Maddi looks so very easy and delectable sweet using chana dal and jaggery flavored with ghee, dry fruits and coconut. Such a delicious prasadam.

  3. Hmmm! I have not made hayagreeva for ages now, Priya. You are definitely tempting me to make for Ugadi. Love it.

  4. Hayagreeva Maddi is one of the sweets prepared during Navratri. Your offering looks delicious Priya.

  5. ur maddi recipe took me to my fav place in karnataka (besides namma bengalooru, of course :p) - Udupi. although yet to visit the Krishna temple there, we used to eat this at Rayara Matha in Jayangar. great share

  6. Hayagreeva maddi looks so delicious. Gives a nice festive feel whenever we make it at home . It's been a while since i made it. You are tempting me to make it again. Beautifully presented Priya.


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