<strong>Modak</strong> is considered to be the most popular sweet item during Ganesh Festival. It says that <strong>Modak</strong> is the most favorite item of Ganpati Bappa. Scrapped coconut, jaggery & chopped nuts mixed sweet filling inside and the outer part is made with rice flour or wheat flour. And nicely shaped with mould or using hands. At the end, the <strong>modaks</strong> should be steamed and served with drizzled ghee on the top. <strong>Modak</strong> are made in 2 versions, steamed or fried. Fried <strong>modaks</strong> are made with maida and stuffing should be made with khova/mawa & jaggery with lots of nuts. And another popular version is Ukadiche Modak or Steamed <strong>Modak</strong>. Steamed <strong>Modaks</strong> are the popular version of Modak during Ganpati Puja. Usually during Ganpati, the puja concludes with an offering of 21 modaks to Ganesha as prasadam. And for this Ukadiche Modaks considered as preferred Prasadanam. Innovative recipes for modaks have also been created. These include banana nachni <strong>modak</strong>, motichoor <strong>modak</strong> and chocolate modak. <ul> <li>Mava Modak: Made with mava or milk solids.</li> <li>Kesari Modak: The dough used for the dumpling is flavored with Kesar (Saffron).</li> <li>Moong Dal Modak: The stuffing is made from cooked moong daal, grated coconut and jaggery.</li> <li>Dark Chocolate Modak: These are made by adding Chocolate flavor</li> <li>Dry Fruit Modak: Dry fruits and nuts are mixed together and molded into the shape of a traditional modak.</li> <li>Coconut Rose Modak: The additional flavor of rose can be tasted in this modak.</li> <li>Paneer Modak: Paneer used as one of the main ingredients to give the modak a different taste</li> <li>Motichoor Modak: Made by mixing motichoor with flavoured sugar syrup and molding the mixture into the shape of the traditional modak</li> <li>Baklava Modak: Steamed rice flour modak, stuffed with a baklava filling mixture of nuts, sugar, cinnamon and orange zest.</li> <li>Gulkand and Mawa Modak: The dumplings are stuffed with gulkand and mava (khoa), steamed, and served with rabdi, turning the modak into a dessert</li> <li>Chocolate Modak : The rice flour used to make the dough for the dumpling is mixed with chocolate syrup to give the modak a chocolate flavor. The inner filling is same as the regular modaks.</li> </ul>
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.
Ingredients for Modak
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Preperation steps for Modak
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. Or you can easily make Modaks in Modak Moulds. Get the Moulds from [AMAZON INDIA](https://www.amazon.in/DS-Ganpati-Modak-Plastic-Yellow/dp/B00FA10YXM).
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.