Modak is an Indian sweet popular in states of Maharashtra, Goa and Kokan region. It’s called “Ukdiche Modak” because in Marathi “Ukad” means “to steam”. Also known in Gujarati as modhaka, modhakam in Kannada, kozhakkattai in Tamil and kudumu in Telugu. One of the favourite religious dishes of Lord Ganesha and so is offered in prayers. During the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, 21 or 101 modaks are offered as “Prasad” to Lord Ganesha at the end of prayers. The dough is made of rice flour and hot water and the filling is made up of freshly grated coconut and jaggery.
1 cup jaggery
1 cup shredded coconut
½ tsp cardamom powder
2-3 strands of saffron
4-5 pcs cashew bits
Salt to taste
2 tsp oil/clarified butter/ghee
1 cup rice flour
1 cup water
Note: If you are offering Modaks to God do not taste until offered to God.
In a pot boil 1 cup water. When water starts boiling, turn the flame low, add 1tsp oil/ ghee/ clarified butter and rice flour and mix. Remove in a bowl and keep aside. Knead it well (when the dough is still warm) and make sure there are no lumps in the dough. Divide in
In a pan add 1tsp oil/ghee/clarified butter. When the oil is warm add shredded coconut (Make sure coconut does not turn brown). Saute for 2 minutes and then add chopped jaggery (chop into small bits, it will take less time to melt). Add cardamom powder and saute on medium flame for 2-3 minutes. Add saffron in 1 tbsp warm water and add it in the pan. Mix well. Make sure that the stuffing is not too dry as it solidifies after cooling. Sprinkle water if needed. Remove from heat once all jaggery is melted. Keep aside to cool down.
Make small balls of the dough. Make sure there are no cracks in the balls. Take oil/ghee/clarified butter in a bowl. Take a ball and flatten it in disc shape. Apply ghee to hands when needed. Place a couple of tsp of filling in between and press the edges as shown in the video. Join all the edges together.
Place a wet cloth in the steamer. Place modaks and steam on low temperature for 10-15 minutes.
Remove and Serve with Ghee/Clarified butter and Coconut Milk.