Modaka


Modak has a special importance in the worship of the Hindu god Ganesh. Modak is believed to be his favorite food.

So this dish is prepared on ganesh chaturthi day.It is said that ganesh’s favourite is coconut and Jaggery so Modaka is also prepared from it. Usually 21 modaka’s are prepared during ganesh chaturthi.

Here is the 2 varieties of Modaka preparation method and its

ingredients 

                     

                                                                  Lord Ganesh made with multi grains

Modaka prepared with

1. chana dal  (hoorana) stuffing 

 2.Coconut Jaggery Stuffing

Ingredients

For  chana Dal stuffing 

  1.  1 Cup Chana dal
  2. 1 Cup Jaggery
  3. 1 Tbsp cardamom powder
  4. 1/2 Cup grated dry coconut

For Coconut and Jaggery stuffing

  1. 1 Cup grated coconut
  2. 3/4 Cup grated Jaggery
  3. 1 Tbsp Cardamom powder
  4. 1 Tbsp poppy seeds

For dough

  1. 1 Cup wheat flour
  2. 1/2 Cup maida (all purpose flour)
  3. 1 Tbsp oil
  4. A pinch of salt
  5. Water as per requirement
  6. Oil for deep frying

Method

For Chana dal stuffing

  • Soak chana dal over night and pressure cook it with 5 to 6 whistles
  • Drain all the water and add Jaggery to it and cook till the Hooran becomes thick.
  • Add Cardamom powder and grated dry coconut  to it and allow it to cool.
  • Grind it in a blender to make it  smooth

For  coconut and Jaggery stuffing

  • Take the grated coconut grind it in a blender
  • Add the Jaggery and keep it for  stirring on the heater till the Jaggery melts and becomes bit thick
  • Add cardamom powder and poppy seeds and allow it to cool

For Dough:

  • Take wheat flour, maida in a container add oil and pinch of salt
  • Add water and make the dough with the consistency of chapati dough
  • Keep it close for 1/2 an hour

How to proceed

  • Take a small dough ball and make a circle of 4 cm diameter
  • Fill the stuffing either chana dal or coconut stuffing in the centre
  • Now take all the sides together and press it at the top so that it makes the shape of Modaka
  •  Now deep fry the modaka’s with the medium flame
  • Repeat the same process for the rest
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