Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hayagreeva | Chana Dal Sweet Pudding

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This is a traditional karnataka sweet which is prepared on special occasions or festivals.I never liked sweets as a kid,but things change after marriage.hmmm..As I rarely prepare sweets I started special liking for sweets these days.So,I scribbled lots of sweet recipes from my mom when I visited bangalore recently,which I want to try one by one.I need an occasion to prepare sweets and the right time is on festivals.As its Maha shivaratri today I did pooja and offered this sweet to god.My day started with this very simple sweet which is easy to prepare unlike the name which looks complex.


1 Big cup chana dal(heaped)
1 Big cup grated jaggery(upto the level of cup)
1/2 cup grated dry coconut
1 tsp cardamon/elaichi powder
2 tbsp ghee

Pressure cook chana dal for 3 whistles and simmer it for 5 mins.Take care not to loose the shape of dal and drain water from it and slightly mash it.In a separate pan take jaggery and add some water(drained from chana dal) and cook until it becomes a syrupy liquid,add chana dal to it and cook for 2 minutes.Add grated coconut to it and cook until it reaches thick consistency.Add elaichi powder and to it and mix.cook it for a minute and remove from the flame.
As the dal itself is so nutty type,I personally don't like cashews in this sweet, so i avoided it.If you would like to add,fry the kaju pieces in ghee and add to the sweet.


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