Ukdiche Modak means steam dumplings. Generally, Modak is made at the festival time and especially on Ganesh festival. It is believed that Lord Ganesh likes eating modak and its favorite snack of his. We bring Ganesh idol at my inlaws place for 7 days. It’s like every day and twice aarti is done and for prasad, something sweet is distributed to everyone present for aarti. One of the sweet we are discussing is Modak.
Modaks are in various forms and I made rice flour steamed modak. Let’s see how I make them.
1 1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 cup water
1 cup fresh grated coconut
1/2 cup jaggery
2 tsp poppy seeds
2 tsp raisins ( manuka)
2 tsp cardamom powder ( elaichi powder)
1 tsp salt
2 tsp pure ghee and extra to apply on palms
- In a kadai heat water, add 1/2 tsp of salt and a 1 tsp of ghee, let it boil
- Add rice flour into it and cover for 2 min on low flame.
- Shut down the flame and let the rice mixture cool.
- In a pan roast poppy seeds and remove.
- In the same pan add ghee, jaggery, 1/2 tsp salt, freshly grated coconut, poppy seeds
- Cook till jaggery melts and the mixture gets dry, add raisins and cardamom powder.
- Let it cool.
- After the rice mixture cools, knead to form a dough and can add water to get a smooth dough.
- Make a lemon sized ball and make the flat circle shape out of it.
- Pinch the edge of circle vertically at intervals and fill the filling of coconut into and close the mouth of the edge. As shown in below video
- Now its time to steam. Steam modak for 10 to 12 mins. Touch the modak, if it doesn’t stick to your fingers it means they are cooked.