Hayagreeva (lentil coconut sweet) step-bt-step recipe with photos.
Shravan is the most auspicious month in the Hindu calendar and calls for so many festivals (month of August). This is a month full of festivals and yummy food!
One such festive dish is 'Hayagreeva'. This dish is named after Lord Hayagreeva. This is a traditional sweet dish made of Bengal gram lentil, jaggery, and coconut which is given as offering to God in Vadiraja Swami Mutta (temple) in Karnataka.
The story behind it goes like this... Lord Hayagreeva is considered an avatar of Vishnu. He is worshiped as the God of knowledge and wisdom, with a human body and a horse's head.
It is said that a goldsmith once tried making an idol of Lord Ganesha. But every time the idol ended up with a horse face. Finally, he threw the idol away. The same night, lord Hayagreeva appeared in Vadiraja Swami's dream and asked him to take the idol and worship it. Since horses like Bengal gram dal, Vadiraja Swami prepared this dish as offering to the idol. And the dish was named hayagreeva.
Make this dish any time of the year for some soul-satisfying dessert!
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Hayagreeva step-by-step recipe with photos
1. Soak chana dal in water
2. Boil soaked dal until completely done, but not mushy
3. Drain the water from boiled dal
4. Boil jaggery in some water until it completely dissolves
5. Add the cooked dal and simmer for few minutes
6. Add dry coconut and ghee and cook until ghee separates
7. Add cardamom powder and mix well once the hayagreeva is done
7. Garnish with fried cashew, raisins, and dry coconut and serve warm