Image Source: Chef Swasti Aggarwal, Food Strategist Foodhall

Modak recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi

For those who are wondering what they are, read on to find out more about this delectable Indian sweet

What is a Modak?

Modak to an Indian would be described as a soft, unctuous sweet that is enriched with the goodness of coconut and dry fruits. To someone new to Indian cuisine, Modak is essentially a sweet momo - one with a sweet coconut filling! One undeniable fact, that we all can agree on is that it is yum!

Why is Lord Ganesha offered Modaks on Ganesh Chaturthi?

The chubby elephant god Ganesha has a pretty big appetite and he sure does love to eat! Legend has it that, on one particular occasion, Ganesha kept on eating and could not be satisfied despite all the delicacies set before him. It is believed that Ganesha finally felt satiated after eating a Modak. This is why millions of ardent Ganesha devouts offer Modaks to the diety every Ganesh Chaturthi.

Nutritional value of Modaks

Modaks are guilt-free sweets that boast of the goodness of coconut, dried fruit, and nuts. From a nutritional perspective, Modaks are an excellent source of protein and fiber. You can even get a good dose of antioxidants from the coconut and jaggery!

Steamed Modak Recipe

Ingredients

For the stuffing

  1. 1 cup grated coconut
  2. 2/3 cup  grated jaggery
  3. ½ cup Mixed Dry fruits (almonds, raisins, pistachio, cashews etc)
  4. ¼ cup mixed seeds (sunflower seeds, melon seeds etc) finely chopped
  5. 2 tsp pure ghee
  6. A pinch of saffron, cardamom and nutmeg powder

For the cover

  1. 1 cup rice flour
  2. A pinch of salt
  3. 2 tsp ghee
  4. 1 cup water

Method

For the stuffing

  • Heat the ghee in a pan and add all the ingredients for the stuffing one by one.
  • Cook well on low flame till all the moisture from the mixture begins to dry. 
  • Stir every few minutes, making sure that you do not overcook the mixture.

For the cover

  • Boil water, add 1 tsp of ghee and set aside.
  • Add a pinch of salt and 1 tsp of ghee to the flour and mix it thoroughly.
  • Add the flour to the boiling water. Lower the heat and mix well.
  • Cover the vessel keep it for 5 minutes on low flame to let the rice flour cook.
  • Knead the dough into a smooth paste while hot.

Making the Modaks

  • Apply a pinch of oil/ghee on your palms and make small balls of the dough.
  • Flatten it to give it the shape of a katori (small bowl). Press the edges of the katori-shaped dough with slight pressure at every 1-inch distance.
  • The edges of the dough will now look like the petals of the flower.
  • Put some stuffing in the dough and close the ends to form the shape of a fig.
  • Steam the Modaks in a steamer.
  • Steam it for 5 to 6 minutes and turn off the flame.
  • Scrummy Modaks are ready to be served

Recipe and Picture by:

Chef Swasti Aggarwal, Food Strategist Foodhall

Come Ganesh Chaturthi and this humble sweet is everywhere. Fried or steamed-Modaks are worth a try.  And trust us, you can't have just one!