Ukadiche Modak Recipe | Steamed Modak Recipe | Steamed Modaks Made With Three Different Types Of Fillings
Indian households often begin their search for a modak recipe in the days leading to the annual Hindu festival Ganesh Chaturthi.
The modak is known to be the favorite food of the Hindu Elephant God, Lord Ganesh. In fact, Lord Ganesh is often lovingly referred to as Modakapriya (meaning the one who loves Modak) in Sanskrit. During the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, rituals are always concluded by an offering of modak made to Lord Ganesh.
While the modak comes in various forms and shapes including a wide variety of innovations in recent times, the most popular version of modak is known as Ukadiche Modak i.e. Steamed Modaks. Ukadiche Modak is made using a rice flour shell with a filling made of a mixture of coconut and jaggery. It is prepared in the form of a sweet dumpling which can be fried or steamed as per taste.
Here we present an Ukadiche Modak Recipe with options to create three different types of fillings that can be used to make delicious modaks for Ganesh Chaturthi this year.
Ukadiche Modak Recipe | Rice-based Modak Covering
- 1 cup rice flour
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tea-spoon of oil or ghee
- 1 and 1/2 cup of boiling water
- Boil water
- Mix a pinch of salt and 1 tea-spoon of ghee
- Lower the heating. Add rice flour and mix well.
- Cover the vessel and keep the cover in place for fifteen minutes.
- Then knead the dough (of warm water and rice flour) till it is smooth. Remove lumps as you knead the dough.
Ukadiche Modak Recipe | Gram Dal Filling
- 1/2 Cup Dal
- 1/2 tea-spoon salt
- 1 tea-spoon red chili powder
- 1 table-spoon coriander leaves
- 1 tea-spoon ginger garlic paste
- Soak dal in water for 6-8 hours
- Remove the water and grind the wet dal into a fine paste
- Mix with ginger garlic paste, coriander paste, salt and chili powder
Ukadiche Modak Recipe | Coconut Filling
- 1 Cup grated coconut
- 3/4 Cup Jaggery
- 1 tea-spoon poppy seeds / khas khas seeds
- 2 tea-spoons pure ghee
- Dry Fruits (almonds, raisins, cashews) as per your taste
- A pinch of cardamom powder
- Heat ghee in a pan
- Add poppy seeds into the ghee and saute for a minute
- Break jaggy into small pieces
- Add grated coconut, jaggery (broken into small pieces) and mix thoroughly
- Cook for 2-3 minutes till jaggery begins to melt. Do not overcook as that will lead to hardening of the mixture.
Ukadiche Modak Recipe | Seasame Seed Filling
- 1 Cup Sesame Seed
- 1 Cup Jaggery
- 1 tea-spoon Cardamom Powder
- Clean the sesame seeds and dry roast them on a medium flame till their smell permeates. Do not roast them for very long as that will cause de-coloration.
- When done, let the seeds cool down back to room temperature.
- Blend the roasted sesame seeds into a fine powder
- Add grated jaggery, cardamom powder and blend them well.
- The blended mixture will be wet. Make small sized bowls using this blended mixture.
- Apply a drop of oil on your palm and extract a ball of dough about the size of a lemon
- Flatten the ball of dough and shape it like a bowl/katori using your thumb and fingers
- Pinch the edges of the dough at gaps of 1 inch. This will make the edge of the katori look like the petals of a flower.
- Put some stuffing in the katori and close the ends to give them a shape like a modak
- Steam all the modaks for 10-15 minutes before turning off the flame
- Your delicious modaks are ready to be served
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