Sunday, 8 September 2013

Wheat Flour Modak

'Vakratunda Mahakaaya
Suryakoti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva
Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada'

Ganesh Chaturthi -  Birthday of Lord Ganesh is one of the most popular Hindu Festival. It is celebrated on the 4th day (chaturthi) of  the bright fortnight month of Bhadrapada (August-September) in Hindu Calendar. The celebration continues till Anantha Chaturdasi which is for 10 full days. I have a simple sweet modak recipe for you that could form a naivedhyam for Lord Ganesh. This recipe I learnt from my mom. My childhood days I really miss, esp. festival special dishes by mom. I just couldn't stop myself when I remembered them the other day and hence rang her up to get the recipe of this modak she used to prepare for Ganesh Chaturthi. Here goes her simple sweet wheat flour modak recipe.


Makes 15 sweet modaks

Ingredients:
Wheat flour- 1 cup
Dessicated coconut gratings- 3/4 cup
Ghee- 1/2 cup
Jaggery- 4 Cubes each of size 2*1''
Honey-1 tsp.
Water-1 tbsp.
Broken cashews and raisins- 1/4 cup

Recipe:
  1. In a pan take ghee and when hot add broken cashews and sauté till golden and set aside. To that add raisins and sauté till they are plump and set aside.
  2. In another pan add jaggery and water and heat on a very low flame till it melts fully.
  3. To the remaining hot ghee in the pan add wheat flour and sauté continuously till they are fully fried. It may take some 15-20 minutes.
  4. Next add the dessicated coconut gratings and continue sautéing till they both are well fried and then remove it off the heat.
  5. To it add the melted jaggery solution, cardamom powder, fried broken cashews and raisins.Mix well.
  6. Add honey to it and give a good mix.
  7. Pinch out a small portion off the mixture and roll to form a ball.
  8. Then shape it to form a modak and place it on a plate.
  9. Offer them to Lord Ganesh and then enjoy these mouth melting modaks.
To get pictorial step by step recipe click on the pictures below




 




 
 
Note:
  1. You could also use fresh coconut but it may need little more roasting.
  2. You could use soft jaggery too to prepare this, just use 3/4 cup or as required based on the sweetness.
  3. Do not boil the jaggery mixture.
  4. Also shape modaks when warm. If you find difficult in bringing the mixture together to form modaks, just add few drops of warm milk and shape them.
 
 Enjoy the dish! n don't forget Eat and Eat little MORE.. :)