hayagreeva {split chickpea, sweet}


Hayagreeva or hayagriva , a traditional sweet made with split chickpeas , jaggery and coconut !



serves 5-6 people

1 cup Channa Dal (split chickpeas)

1/2 cup fresh coconut

3/4 th cup to 1 cup organic jaggery

1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

3-4 tablespoons ghee/clarified butter

2 tablespoons cashews and raisins


  • In a pressure cooker , add the channa dal/split chickpeas.
  • add water to cover the dal and cook for 2 whistles.
  • the dal should not become too soft.
  • Once cooked , allow to cool.
  • in a blender, add half of the cooked Channa Dal , coconut and grind together into a coarse paste.
  • use little water if necessary , while grinding.
  • in a thick bottomed pan , add 2 tablespoons ghee.
  • when the ghee is hot, add cashews and raisins.
  • fry until the cashews are golden and the raisins swell up.
  • remove the fried nuts.
  • into the same pan , add the Channa Dal , the ground paste and jaggery.
  • cook until the mixture thickens up and leaves the sides of the pan.
  • this can take up to 15 mins depending upon the water content.
  • keep stirring in medium heat.
  • when you see the ghee leaving the sides of the pan , add cardamom powder and fried nuts.
  • add another tablespoon of ghee and mix everything well.
  • serve warm ! HAPPY DIWALI !


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