3 Modak Recipes for Ganesh Chaturthi
If you ever want to check the people’s faith, reverence, and love for Lord Ganesha, just shout ‘Ganpati Bappa’ and the crowd will respond back with greater enthusiasm ‘Mourya’. Lord Ganesha is admired by everyone, adults and kids alike, irrespective of caste and creed. No wonder Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayak Chaturthi, is one of the most celebrated festivals in India, in honoring the elephant-headed deity of wisdom and prosperity.
One of the traditional delicacies prepared during this auspicious occasion is Modak, Lord Ganesha's favorite sweet treat. Let’s explore some mouthwatering Modak recipes to make your Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations even more delightful!
- Traditional Ukadiche Modak
- Outer cover: 1 cup rice flour, 1 cup water, ghee for greasing, salt to taste. Make a rice dough out of these ingredients.
- Inner sweet filling: 1 cup grated coconut, 1 cup grated jaggery, 1/2 tsp cardamom powder, 1tsp ghee
- Heat water in a stainless steel frypan pan and add a pinch of salt along with ghee.
- Get the water to boil and slowly add rice flour. Stir continuously to avoid lumps.
- Turn off the heat when the mixture starts to thicken and leave the sides of the pan.
- In a separate pan, melt the grated coconut and jaggery.
- Once the mixture has melted, add cardamom powder and mix well.
Take small portions of the rice dough and flatten them in small circles. Please a spoonful of the coconut & jaggery filling in the center of each circle. It’s time to gather the edges of the circle and seal the modak by pinching the ends together. Steam the modaks for 12 to 15 minutes until they are translucent. Your modaks are ready!
- Chocolate Modak
Ingredients: 1 cup mawa (also known as khoya), 3/4th cup chocolate chips, 2 tbsp powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp cardamom powder, ghee for greasing.
- Heat the mawa in a non-stick pan on a low flame until it melts completely.
- Add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder to the melted mawa. Stir continuously to avoid lumps.
- Turn off the heat when the mixture starts to thicken and leave the sides of the pan. Let it cool.
Grease your palms with ghee and take small portions of the mixture. Shape them into modaks by placing one portion in the palm of one hand and pressing them into a triangular shape with the fingers of your other hand. Let it set by refrigerating them.
- Fried Modak
Ingredients: These are similar to traditional ukadiche modak with just a minor replacement. Replace the rice flour with either wheat flour or maida. The dough needs to be smooth and stiff so that it does not crack upon frying.
Preparation: Prepare the modak fillings in the manner mentioned for traditional ukadiche modak.
- Pour some oil into a kadai and heat it on medium flame. Once the oil is hot enough for frying, gently add the prepared modak.
- Let them simmer till golden brown. Keep turning them over until they are golden on all sides.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a time for devotion, celebration, and delicious food. These Modak recipes are sure to add a sweet touch to your festivities, and with Vinod Cookware's range of kitchen products, your cooking process will be a breeze. As you offer these delectable Modaks to Lord Ganesha, may you be blessed with happiness, prosperity, and the divine wisdom that he imparts to his devotees.
So, gather the ingredients, don your apron, and immerse yourself in the divine flavors of Ganesh Chaturthi.