Modaks for Lord Ganesha

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Modaks are one of  the preferred food that Lord Ganesha loves! As we get ready to welcome Lord Ganesha at our homes, we thought we should shared the recipe of his most preferred food. This is a popular dish that is prepared in the Southern and Western India as a part of the 11 day long Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. The sweet filling inside the modak consists of cooked grated coconut and jaggery and the outer wrap is made of rice flour. The modak can be fried or steamed. The steamed version is called ukdiche modak, is eaten hot with a generous topping of ghee on it. While the modaks are prepared in the sweet and spicy form as well, the sweet modak is more preferred as it one of dishes made for the bhog.

Ready to cook it? Here is what you need.

Ingredients for the wrap

  • 1 cup rice flour (chawal ka atta)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp oil
  • oil for greasing
  • a pinch of salt

For the filling

  • 1 cup grated jaggery (gur)
  • 1 cup grated fresh coconut
  • 1tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ghee

Method

Getting the filling ready

In a non-stick pan add all the ingredients except the ghee and cook over a slow flame till the jaggery melts and the mixture comes together. Add the ghee and mix well and let it cool.

Getting the modak wrap ready 

Boil the water in a nonstick pan with the salt and oil. Reduce the flame, add the rice flour while stirring continuously.Whisk well so that there are no lumps in the mixture. Cover this mix and keep it aside for 5 minutes. Now grease your palms with oil and knead it while the mixture is still warm. You can also use a hand blender to get the dough to the right consistency.

Roll the dough into small balls and flatten it with a rolling pin. It should be a round shape that it approximately 3½” in diameter. Add a spoonful of the filling into the dough. Pinch about 10 folds in rolled dough keeping a consistent distance between them. Bring all the ends together and press to seal.

To cook the modaks

Prepare a steamer by adding water, a teaspoon of oil and heat it till the water comes to a boil. You can also use the idli maker to steam the modaks. Place the modaks on a greased steamer plate and steam for 6 to7 minutes. The modaks turn translucent once they are ooked. Add hot melted ghee on the modaks before you serve them.

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