Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Modaks- To Keep You Calm During the Ganpati Festival

I was rudely awoken by firecrackers and loud music at 3 am this morning. It's just the first day of Ganesh Chaturthi and the 'festivities' have already started taking a toll on me. BUT. There is one upside to this whole Ganpati thing. The modaks. And I'm planning to eat a lot of them while I can. If you're a fan of this coconutty dessert too then here's how you can make the vegan version at home in a few easy steps:


So modaks are essentially rice flour dumplings filled with coconut and jaggery. To make modaks you need:

1 cup rice flour
1 cup water
2 tsp oil

For the filling you will need:
1 cup grated coconut
1 cup gur (jaggery)
Some cardamom powder


  • Cook the grated coconut and jaggery in a pan till the jaggery melts. Mix well. Add cardamom powder. 
  • Boil the water. Add 1 tsp oil and salt. Reduce the flame and add the rice flour while stirring. Cover and cool for 5 minutes.
  • Knead the warm dough and make small balls. Roll them out into round shapes- less that 4 cm in diameter.
  • Now this is the tricky part. Make folds of the rolled dough about 1 cm apart. Simply pinch the outer line of the rolled dough to make the fold. 
  • Place a spoonful of the filling on the dough.
  • Now bring all the ends together and press together to seal it. 
  • Place the sealed balls in a steamer (on a greased plate)- add water, a tsp of oil and bring to a boil. Steam for 5-8 minutes.
  • Wait for the modaks to turn translucent and then take them out of the steamer and let them cool.
  • Eat whenever the Ganpati induced traffic or noise gets to you. 

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