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Malai Modak Recipe

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Adjust Servings:
250 g paneer or cottage cheese
200 g condensed milk
10 saffron strands

Nutritional information

480 kcal
17.51 g
32.53 g
31.04 g
944 mg
98 mg

Malai Modak Recipe

  • Sweet
  • 25 mins
  • Serves 10
  • Easy



Among most festivals in India, Diwali is one of the most important festivals. It is known as the festival of lights. You will find almost every Indian home, despite their religion and ethnicity, lit up with oil-based lamps or colorful lanterns. You will also find electric lights and lamps too. However, the festival is incomplete without special food.  Malaimodakis a perfect festival snack. It is a little different from the traditional modaks.

You can treat your friends and family with this delicious sweet to their heart’s content, without tiring yourself. Just like most sweets, as malai modak is also milk based. You can prepare it instantly if you have cottage cheese and condensed milk readily available at home. So, the easiest part is the selection of ingredients. The method is quick and easy, and the recipe needs just two ingredients.  You can add saffron to enhance the flavor.

Health benefits

Cottage Cheese is known to have many nutritional benefits as it includes protein, B vitamins and minerals like calcium, selenium, and phosphorus. If you’re looking to lose weight or build muscle, then cottage cheese is among the most beneficial foods you can eat.

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How to make Malai Modak Recipe

  • To a plate, add the cottage cheeseand mash welluntil it is soft.
  • Heat a pan on low flame.
  • Add the crushed cottage cheese, condensed milk, and saffron strands.
  • Cook on a low flame. Keep stirring continuously.
  • Allow the ingredients to mix well.
  • Mash the larger granules of cottage cheese with a spatula.
  • Grease the modak mold with little ghee. Keep it aside. 
  • Cook the mixture for 8-9 minutes on a low flame until the mixture starts to thicken and leave the sides of the pan.
  • Switch off the flame. Leave the mixture to cool down fully.
  • Place a little portion of the mixture in the mold.
  • Level the bottom of the mold and close it tightly.
  • Remove the excess mix from the edges of the mold.
  • Carefully remove the set malai modak from the mold.Arrange the modak on a plate to serve.


  • Modak is considered to be the favorite sweet of the Hindu deity, Ganesha. It begets him the nickname modakapriya (one who likes modak) in Sanskrit.
  • In Japan, a sweet similar to modak and known locally as Kangidan is offered to god Kangiten, the Japanese version of Ganesha.

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