Hayagreev maDDi is a sweet dish from Udupi. There is a story behind the birth of this sweet dish. A goldsmith was making Ganesh face from gold. But every time he tried, he got a horse face(Hayavadana in Sanskrit). He remelted the gold and tried again with same outcome. After trying many times, with the same outcome, he got frustrated and threw it in dustbin. Same night Shri Vadiraj Swami (a famous pontiff who started Vadiraj math) got a dream in which lord Hayagreev – Lord Vishnu’s avtaar(incarnation) with a horse face, appeared and said, it has fallen in dustbin after getting beatings from goldsmith and requested him to save it and worship it daily. Same day it showed up in goldsmith’s dreams and asked him to surrender to Shri Vadiraj Swami. Swamiji saves it from the dustbin and worships it daily. Since horse likes chana, Swamiji used to cook chana, make a paste of it, then add jaggery, ghee etc and prepare a dish called maDDi, and then offer it to Hayagreev. (This information is from the ‘Udupi special’ article from a popular Kannada magazine).
One of my readers asked me for this recipe. Though this dish is prepared very commonly in our place, the name was new to me. Initially when I heard it from my aayi, I thought it is very simple dish and nothing special about it. But still I went ahead and tried it. It was one of the tastiest sweet dishes. It has a very great aroma of cardamom and ghee. Try it and I am sure you will love it.
1 cup chana daal
1/2 cup jaggery
2-3 tbl spn fresh/frozen coconut
1/2 tea spn cardamom powder
7-8 raisins(dry grapes)
1-2 tbl spn ghee
Wash chana daal, cook in enough water(approximately double the water, more water can be added if required) till it is soft and all water is evaporated (I cooked on the stove top). It should still hold shape, but cooked.
Add jaggery, raisins and cashews(broken). Keep mixing till all the jaggery is melted and well mixed with other ingredients. Add coconut, cardamom powder, ghee mix well and take out from heat.
Serves : 2
Preparation time : 40mins (to speed up, cook in cooker)