Steamed Modak Or Indian Sweet Filling Stuffed Dumpling Recipe
Modak is a sweet dumpling which is very popular sweet in Western and Southern India.Modak can be steamed or fried. The steamed version called "Ukdiche Modak". Modaks have a special importance in the worship of the Hindu god Ganesh, the Elephant Head God. It is believed that modak is Ganpati's favorite food.
Steps to Prepare
For the filling :
In a non-stick pan, add Grated Coconut, Grated Khoya and jaggery and cook over a slow flame till the jaggery melts and the mixture comes together. Add the cardamom powder and mix well.
At the end add the chopped almonds and mix with the Coconut & Jaggery mixture.
To make the dough :
Take another non-stick pan boil 1 cup of water. Add 1 teaspoon Ghee and a little salt in the boiling water and stir.
Reduce the flame, add the rice flour while stirring continuously. Whisk well so that no lumps remain. Cover with a lid and keep aside for about 20 minutes.
Grease your palms with a little oil and knead the dough while it is still warm; if the dough cools it will get lumpy, if it is not kneaded.
You could even use a hand blender to knead the dough. But I will recommend to kneed it with your hands. Now make small balls from the dough. Flatten the dough ball on the palm of your hands or with your fingers.
Place 1 tablespoon of the coconut + jaggery+ nuts filling in the center. Pinch the edges and bring the fluted edges in the center. Join the center and pinch off the top. Taper the top.
Now make the rest of modaks in a similar way. Now Prepare a steamer by adding 2 cups of water, a teaspoon of oil and heat it till the water comes to a boil.
While the water is simmering, place the modaks on a greased steamer plate and steam for 6 to7 minutes. I used my Bamboo Steamer to steam the modaks.
Once the modaks are cooked they will turn translucent. Serve hot drizzled with pure ghee.