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Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with homemade sweet modaks

24 August 2017 , 0 comments / 6 likes
It’s time to welcome Lord Ganesha home once again and what better way to do it than with sweet modaks? These traditional steamed delicacies are healthy and an integral part of the festivities for Ganesh Chaturthi. It isn’t too difficult to make the irresistible bite-sized delights at home either. Home chef Usha Iyer shares her recipe for this sweet treat

Makes about 12 – 15 modaks

Ingredients

THE COVERING
Water 1 cup + extra (if required)
Coconut oil 2 tsp
Salt a pinch
Rice powder 1 cup (can use store bought powder. Please note the amount of water should be equal to the rice powder used)

THE SWEET FILLING

Coconut 1 cup, grated
Jaggery 1/2 cup
Ghee 2 tablespoons
Cardamom powder to taste
Rice powder as required

Method
To make the covering, heat the water in a kadhai. Add a pinch of salt and the coconut oil and bring the mixture to a boil. Add the rice powder slowly and stir well. Mix until the rice dough cooks. Add the extra boiling water if needed. Keep stirring and cooking till the dough stops sticking to the sides of the kadhai and forms a shiny ball. Remove the kadhai off the heat, cover it and keep it aside. Let the dough rest.

To make the filling, sift through the grated coconut and ensure it doesn’t have any bits of the hard shell. Heat a kadhai on a low flame and add the grated coconut and jaggery. Mix it well. Cook until it forms a consistency such that the filling doesn't stick to your hand when when you handle it. Add the ghee, cardamom powder and very little rice powder. Mix well and keep aside.

To assemble, make small cups out of the rice dough. These should be deep enough for the stuffing. Add small amounts of the stuffing. Take the corners and make small pleats. Collect all the pleats together and seal the modak. You can also use readymade modak moulds available in the market.

Steam the modaks in an idli cooker or modak patra for about 7-8 minutes till the outer covering is wet and shiny. Enjoy these warm and freshly made modaks!

Try this simple recipe and let us know how it works out for you.
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