Modak is Bhagwan Ganesha's favorite sweet and made in many Hindu homes during the first day of Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Modak is steamed dumplings with an outer rice flour dough and a coconut-jaggery stuffing. These sweet dumplings are also known as Ukadiche Modak in Marathi language.
1 cup coconut, grated
1 cup jaggery
A pinch of nutmeg
A pinch of saffron
1 cup water
2 tsp ghee
1 cup rice flour
For the Filling:
For the Shell:
Heat a pan, add the grated coconut and jaggery.
Stir for about five minutes. Add the nutmeg and saffron, mix well.
Cook for another five minutes and keep aside.
To Prepare Modak:
In a deep dish, boil water with ghee. Add the salt and flour. Mix well.
Cover the dish and cook till its half done.
Spread some ghee on the base of a steel bowl and while the dough is still hot, knead it well.
Now take a little dough, roll it into a ball, flatten it well, shape the edges into a flower pattern.
Put a spoonful of the filling onto the dough and seal it.
Put the dumplings in a muslin cloth and steam them for 10- 15 minutes. Serve.
You can experiment with the stuffing of modak as per your liking, from chocolate, nuts, khoya to dry fruits, add whatever suits your preference. You can also fry the modaks instead of steaming them.