How to make Modak
- Add 1 tsp ghee to a hot pan.
- Sauté coconut and jaggery until they are well blended and the mixture is thick.
- Add cardamom powder and remove from heat. Let cool completely.
- In a separate pot, Boil 1 cup water with ghee and salt.
- Remove from heat and add flour, mixing thoroughly. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
- Knead this mixture to a soft dough while still warm, and split into 11 equal portions, balling them as you go.
- Take balls of dough one at a time and make a dent in the center.
- Dip your fingers in water.
- Spread the dough with your thumb and forefinger on both hands, stretching gently in a circular motion to make a thin disk.
- Pinch off a little dough from the outside of the disks every ½-¾ inch to make pleats.
- Place filling in the center of each dough disk.
- Bring all pleats together, joining them carefully. You may need to moisten your fingers again to do this.
- Place all 11 modaks into a steamer basket, layered with a moist cloth.
- Boil water in the steamer, and let modak steam for 10 minutes.
- Let modak rest for 10 minutes, then serve.
Modakis a tantalizing treat for any event. Dazzle your dinner guests with your expertise, or surprise your children by sneaking this sweet delicacy into the lunch box for kids!
- Modakcarries great religious significance. It is the favorite sweet of the Hindu deity Ganesha, which earned him the nickname modakapriya – meaning “one who likes modak.” Traditionally, during Ganesh Chaturthi, an offering of 21 modaks is made to Ganesha by the Puja, as prasadam.