Modak is also known as modak in Marathi and Konkani, modhaka or kadubu in Kannada, modhaka or kozhakkattai in Tamil, and kudumu in Telugu. It is a sweet dumpling popular in Western and Southern India
Modak has a special importance in the worship of the Hindu god Ganesh as modak is believed to be Lord Ganesh’s favorite food.
Thus, majority of the people consider it a must to make Modak on the very first day of Ganesh Chaturthi. The celebrations are regarded incomplete without Modak, a sweet that is greatly associated to Ganesh Chaturthi. It is a special dish that is offered to the Lord, on his birthday.
So, enjoy the festive season by preparing the delicacy. Given below is the recipe of Modak, detailing the required ingredients as well as the method of preparation.
Modak Recipe for Ganesh Utsav :
3 cups of Rice Flour.
6 cups of Water.
6 tsp of Oil.
4 cups Grated Coconut.
2 cups of Sugar or 2, 1/2 Small pieces of Jaggary.
Little bit of Milk.
Method of Making Modak :
First take water and boil it and add oil into it. Take off heat. Then slowly add the rice flour, one – one to avoid lumps and stir continuely and let the mixture cool. When the mixture cool knead it well into dough properly such that its upper layer shines and keep it aside.
Now for the stuffing take the coconut and Jaggery or sugar in a thik-bottomed pan and add milk into it and keep it on low flame and stir continuesly. As soon as the sugar or jaggary melts remove the pan from heat. This mixture should be dry enough and turn a shade darker.
Now take the dough and make balls of it. Press these balls between the arms and flatten them into a circle. Then place the stuffing on it and cover it completely with the dough by fold the edges tapering to the centre as shown in the picture above.
Now place the modaks in a cooker and steam-cook it 15 minutes or until done.
Tip : One can add safaron in the dough to give a yellow coluor to it and put a spoon of cardamom (elaichi) powder to add an additional flavour to it. These Modaks can be deep fried in ghee as well to avoid steaming.