Lord Ganesh, the patron deity is the God of wisdom.Yesterday was Ganesh Angarika Chaturthi, we usually fast on this day. Thought of doing Modak on this occasions,as it is the most basic offering to Ganesh. I follow my mom’s version of doing it. Modak is a sweet dumpling deep fried,baked or steamed. We call it ukadiche modak in Marathi which means steamed ones.There are various plenty versions of doing it.Below is the one I follow
What we need:-
1) 1 cup grated coconut
2) 1 & 1/2 cup of sugar or jaggery
3) 1/4 cup milk
4) 1 tsp cardamom powder
5) 2 cup of rice flour
How to do it:-
—In a blow mix the grated jaggery & coconut & keep aside for 20 mins
—-In a heated pan, add oil/ghee. Than add Jaggery & coconut,cardamom powder & milk. Roast till the raw smell goes off.Set aside & let it cool
—Heat 1 cup water in a heavy bottom Pan. Let it come to a boiling point, than add the rice flour. The rice flour should not be added in one go, add 1/4 cup & stir so that no lumps are formed. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of rice flour & stir. Repeat the same procedure for remaining portions.
—Remove form heat, let it cool for few minutes. Take oil & knead this dough. Its should form a smooth-thick dough without lumps. If the mixture becomes dry, add little water. If it becomes too liquidy, add a little rice flour. Consistency is very important here as you do not want the dough to break when making the modaks.
Making of Modak:-
—Apply some water or oil to your palm.Take a small portion of dough in your palm. Now flatten this dough ball in your palm with the fingers of the other hand. Make a small puri of it on your palm.
—Keep a small proportion of jaggery-coconut mixture on the centre of the puri.Bring together all the edges together and close the top. This is quite a task especially if you have not made something similar to this before.Make a modak shape out of it, Shape and taper the top of the modak with your fingers.
—Make all the modak’s & keep it in steamer/ or in a Vessel in a pressure cooker.
—Steam the modaks for 7-10 mins on a low to medium flame in a pressure cooker without the whistle. Some modaks may crack whilst steaming as was the case with me, buts its alright. You can forgive yourself if you are making this first time or several time.
The modaks are ready to be served to Lord Ganesh