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Monday, September 9, 2013

Recipe- Fried Modak

A modak is a sweet dumpling popular in India. Modaks have a special importance in the worship of the Hindu God Ganesh; modak is believed to be his favorite food. During the Ganesh worship ceremony, known in India as Ganesh Chaturthi  the puja concludes with an offering of modaks to the deity and as prasad.

 The sweet filling inside a modak is made up of fresh grated coconut while the soft shell is made from rice flour, or wheat flour or maida flour. The dumpling can be fried or steamed. At this Ganesh Chaturthi I am preparing fried modaks with a touch of khoya, grated coconut and sugar in place of jaggary. This is my step by step recipe to make modak in your home. You can try it during this Ganesh festival. 

For Covering

  • 1 cup of All-purpose flour (maida)
  • 1/4 cup of Semolina (sooji/rawa)
  • 2 tbsp of clarified butter (ghee)
  • Salt to taste
  • Warm milk as required
  • Oil for deep frying

For Filling

  • 1 cup of grated coconut (am using frozen)
  • Sugar as per taste
  • 1 tsp of Cardamom powder
  • Pinch of saffron (optional)
  • Some poppy seeds
  • Chopped Almonds and Cashew nuts


  • Take a bowl and mix all-purpose flour, semolina, salt and clarified butter in it as mentioned above and mix it well to remove all lumps from it
  • Now add the warm milk slowly and knead little bit stiff dough and keep it aside for at least 15 minutes
  • Meanwhile, make the filling for modaks
  • First of all roast some poppy seeds till nice golden color and keep aside
  • Now take a pan and heat 1 tablespoon of ghee, add freshly grated coconut to it and stir it for 5 minutes
  • Now add khoya or mawa (I used homemade khoya) sugar, cardamom powder, roasted poppy seeds, chopped almonds and cashew nuts to it and let it cook for few minutes and keep aside to cool
  • To make modak, take the dough and knead it again for 2 minutes and divide it in equal parts and make round balls of it
  • Take a round ball and roll it out in round circle like puri it should be thin enough to make modaks crispy
  • Fill in the coconut stuffing in the middle of the circle and fold it as in picture to give a shape like modak and make sure to seal it properly
  • Continue making modaks in similar manner for rest of the dough balls
  • Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the modaks until golden brown in color

Your home made modaks are ready now. Offer these to Lord Ganesh in pooja and then as prasadam to your family to win their praise. I am sure everyone will love it. Happy Ganesh chaturthi!

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