The ganapati festival is here and the cravings for handmade modaks cannot be far behind. Ganeshotsav is celebrated to honour the elephant-headed God, Ganapati or Ganesh and the prime holy offering is that of twenty one ‘modaks’.
Modak is a sweet dumpling made out of rice flour or wheat flour covering filled with fresh or grated dried coconut and jaggery or sugar filling. These modaks are then steamed or fried. But what is of significance is that all modaks are made by hand. One may use a mould to shape the modak or shape and fold it by hand, but these are seldom made in a factory.
In the coastal areas the rice flour and fresh coconut version is popular as those two ingredients are available aplenty there. In the plateau regions of Maharashtra, the wheat flour and fried version of the modak is more common. Today we bring to you the traditional ‘ukadiche modak’ or steamed rice flour modak recipe by Mealtango Chef Aparna.
- 1 cup fresh coconut
- Half cup jaggery
- ½ tsp cardamom powder
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp ghee
- salt to taste
- 1 cup rice flour
Coconut-jaggery stuffing recipe:
- in a kadhai take half cup of jaggery. once it melts add grated fresh coconut.
- continue to saute till the mixture dries a bit
- now add cardamom powder
- mix well and allow to cool to room temperature
Modak dough recipe:
- in a large vessel add 1 cup water.
- to that add ghee and salt to taste.
- get the water to boil.
- once the water starts to rolling boil, switch off the flame and add rice flour.
- mix well making sure rice flour gets covered with water uniformly.
- now cover and keep aside for 5 minutes.
- knead the dough for at least 10 minutes.
- add water if required and knead till you get smooth dough else when you prepare modak, it breaks.
- Pinch a small lemon sized ball and flatten it.
- With the help of both thumbs start pressing the edges and create a dent in the centre.
- Slowly press from edges till it forms a cup.
- Fill 2 tsp of stuffing
- Create pleats with your index finger and thumb.
- Get the pleats together to form a bundle.
- Close the top by pinching and making it pointed.
- heat some water into a large pan and, place a sieve and then place a cloth /banana leaf to prevent from sticking
- place the modaks leaving gaps in between.
- cover and steam the modak for 15-20 minutes or till the shiny texture appears on them.
- Serve hot with a dollop of ghee
Here’s a handy video of how to shape the modak.
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