Modak – a steamed treat for all

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Today I share the ‘51st‘ post on my blog. To celebrate this milestone, I bring to you a recipe for ‘Modak’ – prepared to offer lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is believed to bring joy, eliminate sadness and obstacles in our lives. His name is taken prior to start of any new event in life. Trailing part of the monsoon season in India marks the beginning of 11 days of festivities celebrating the birthday of lord Ganesha. Colorful pandals (tents) are raised to house clay idols of lord Ganesha. I remember as a child, I never failed to attend the aarti ceremony during these 11 days. At the end of this ceremony everyone in attendance was distributed modaks as prasad.

Modak can be prepared in various ways. One of the most popular (an I believe the toughest) method is to prepare it using rice flour. This was my first attempt. I hope to get better at it as I practice more. Hope you enjoy making these as much as I did. May lord Ganesha shower his blessings on all! Happy Ganesh Chaturti!

 

Ingredients

For the covering:

1 cup rice flour

1 1/4 cup water

2 tsp ghee (clarified butter)

1 tsp salt

 

For the filling:

1 cup fresh grated coconut (I used frozen)

1 cup grated jaggery

2 – 3 tsp fresh ground cardamom

1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)

 

Method 

For the filling

  1. In a pan add the ghee and heat it up.
  2. Once hot add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Keep stirring till the mixture thickens.
  4. Turn of the heat and let the mixture cool.

For the covering:

  1. Heat the water along with salt and ghee. Once it has come to a boil, lower the heat to the lowest setting.
  2. Now slowly add the rice flour to this slowly, continuously stirring to avoid any lumps.
  3. Once it forms a lump turn of the heat.
  4. Once the mixture cools down mix well to form a dough. If you think your mixture needs some moisture, add some warm milk.

Now add some water to a steamer and cover it to bring it to boil.

For assembling the modaks:

  1. If you want to make it the real way follow the instructions in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwI8UyoZJGY
  2. I used a stencil to make mine (I cheated :)). You apply the dough first to the sides of the stencil, then add  the filling and finish up with more dough to cover the bottom.
  3. If you do not have any stencil or find it difficult to shape them, just spread some dough on your palm in the shape of a circle, then place the filling in the center and then cover up to form round balls.

Steam the modaks: After you have assembled all the modaks, lay them out on a greased perforated dish and steam them in the steamer for 5 minutes.

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