10 Delicious Modak Recipes For Ganesh Chaturthi

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“Ganapathi Bappa Moriya, Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya…..”

People all over India chant this in unison during the celebration of Ganesh chaturthi. Everyone welcomes Lord Ganesha or Ganapathi with lots of love and devotion for the Lord in their hearts. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated for a time period of 10 days with a lot of enthusiasm and zeal and more importantly for foodies and those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the festival as multiple varieties of sweets like modak, laddu, coconut barfi, patholi and many more to be listed. Ummmm…my mouth is already watering. And let me tell you it’s not just sweets, you have another big list of delicious dishes as well which are truly lip smacking.

Most of the people in various regions of India prepare different varieties of modaks for bhog or naivedyam to Lord Ganesha as he loved modak more than other sweets. Without further ado, let us know more about the 10 delicious modak recipes for Ganesh Chaturthi. 

1. Ukadiche Modak

Ukadiche modak is a traditional modak which is prepared mainly in Maharashtra. It is a combination of jaggery and coconut with rice flour which is streamed. 

Ingredients 

  • Rice flour – 1 up 
  • Grated coconut – 1 cup 
  • Cardamom powder or elaichi powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – 1-2 pinch 
  • Grated Jaggery – 1 cup 
  • Sliced mawa – 2 tsp 
  • Desi ghee – 1 tsp 
  • Water – 1.5 cup 

Directions 

  • Take a pan and add a cup of grated coconut and let it heat for sometime on a low flame. 
  • Take a kadai and add a cup of water and bring it to boiling temperature. 
  • Then, slowly put the grated jaggery into the water and keep giving it a good stir.
  • Once the jaggery starts thickening add the grated coconut that was heated and mix it well. Then, turn off the flame.
  • Now, add some cardamom or elaichi powder, sliced mawa and give it a good mix and keep the mixture aside. 
  • Take a cup of rice flour, a cup of lukewarm water, a teaspoon of desi ghee and a pinch of salt. 
  • Mix these ingredients and start to knead the dough. See to that the dough is not very soft or runny. 
  • Take a large vessel and add 2- 2.5 cups of water for streaming the modaks. 
  • Make small balls of dough, roll the balls until they get smooth in your hand. 
  • Take a ball and flatten it with your fingers to a round shaped bowl and add the modak filling in the centre. 
  • Press the edges and join them together. If you are unable to do this, you can also make use of the modak moulds available in the market. 
  • Continue to do this for the rest as well. 
  • Now, keep the modaks in the steamer and cover the steamer with a lid. 
  • Let the modaks cook under the steam for about 10-15  minutes under low flame. 
  • Once the modaks are ready, drizzle some desi ghee over it and the ukadiche modak is ready for bhog or naivedyam. 

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Fried Modak
Fried Modak

Fried modak are crispy and tastes amazing when fried in desi ghee. Desi ghee gives a bold aroma and a great taste to the modaks. Fried modaks are made using wheat flour or maida(all purpose flour) and jaggery.

Ingredients 

  • Wheat flour – 2 cups 
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Desi ghee – as per requirement 
  • Water 
  • Grated jaggery – 1.5 cups 
  • Grated coconut – 1.5 cups
  • Sesame seeds – 1- 2 tsp
  • Cardamom powder – 1 tsp 

Directions 

  • Sieve the flour with salt and add a teaspoon of warm desi ghee to the sieved flour. 
  • Add water and knead it to a soft but firm dough. Then, keep the dough covered for about 20-30 minutes. 
  • Take another pan and add the grated coconut and heat it for sometime under low flame. 
  • Once the coconut is desiccated, add jaggery, roasted sesame, cardamom powder into the pan and mix them well. 
  • Pour some water and cook the mixture on low flame. 
  • Stir the mixture well until the jaggery melts and the water dries up. 
  • Once done, keep the mixture aside to cool. 
  • Now, make small balls of the dough and roll the balls until they get smooth in your hand. 
  • Take a ball and flatten it with your fingers to a round shaped bowl and add the modak filling in the centre. 
  • Press the edges and join them together. If you are unable to do this, you can also make use of the modak moulds available in the market. 
  • Continue to do this for the rest as well. 
  • Then take a frying pan and pour desi ghee and let it heat under medium flame. 
  • Once the ghee is hot, put the modaks one by one into the frying pan and let it deep fry. 
  • When the modak turns light brown take out the modaks and drain out the excess ghee, and your fried modaks are ready for bhog or naivedyam. 
3. Chocolate Modak
Chocolate Modak

Have you heard about this chocolate modak? If not check this out! Kids will love the chocolate modak because they love chocolates more than sweets. The chocolate modaks are made by using chocolate, mawa and sugar. 

Ingredients 

  • Grated mawa – 1 cup 
  • Chocolate chips – ⅓ cup
  • Sugar – 2 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp
  • Desi ghee – as per requirement 
  • Finely chopped pista – 4-5 
  • Rose petals – optional

Directions 

  • Heat a pan on low flame, add grated mawa and keep stirring it for a while. 
  • Once the mawa starts melting, add 2 tbsp of sugar and give it a good mix. 
  • Add chocolate chips to the mixture and keep stirring the mixture so that the chocolate chips gets melted well. 
  • When the mixture starts to thicken, continuously stir the mixture to avoid lumps. 
  • Then sprinkle some cardamom powder and stir the mixture until it starts leaving the edges of the pan. 
  • Turn off the flame and transfer the mixture into another bowl or pan and let it cool for a while. 
  • Now make small balls of the mixture and try to make them in the shape of modaks with your fingers or you can even make use of the modak moulds. 
  • Lastly you can garnish the modaks with chopped pista and rose petals if required. 
  • And, your sweet chocolate modaks are ready to serve. 
4. Mawa Modak
Mawa Modak

Mawa modak is also an easy to prepare modak which is loved by those who like mawa in their sweets. It is prepared with mawa, sugar and ghee. 

Ingredients 

  • Grated mawa – 1.5 cups 
  • Sugar – ½ cup
  • Desi ghee – 1 tsp 
  • Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp 

Directions 

  • Heat a pan on low flame, add grated mawa and keep stirring it for a while. 
  • Once the mawa starts melting, add ½ cup of sugar and give it a good mix. 
  • Once the mixture starts to bubble sprinkle cardamom powder to it and keep stirring it continuously until the mawa starts leaving the edges of the pan.
  • Turn off the flame and transfer the mawa mixture into another bowl or pan and let it cool for a while. 
  • Now make small balls of the mixture and try to make them in the shape of modaks with your fingers or you can even make use of the modak moulds. 
  • And, your mawa modak is ready to be served within a few minutes. 
5. Rava Modak
Rava Modak

The rava modak is similar to the traditional ukadiche modak. Here rava or sooji is used instead of rice flour for preparing the ukadiche modak. Rest of the steps are similar to the traditional ukadiche modak preparation. Refer the ingredients and directions above. 

6. Coconut Modak
Coconut Modak

In ukadiche modak, rava modak and fried modak you would have observed that jaggery and coconut were used for the filling of the modaks but here coconut and condensed milk are used for the preparation. 

Ingredients 

  • Desiccated coconut – 2 cups
  • Condensed milk – 200 gms 
  • Rose water – 1 tsp 
  • Desi ghee  -1 tsp

Directions

  • Take the desiccated coconut in a bowl, add sweetened condensed milk and a teaspoon of rose water. 
  • Give it a good mix and see to that the consistency of the mixture allows you to form balls. 
  • Now grease the modak mould with desi ghee and fill the mixture into the mould. 
  • Then carefully remove the modak and place it on the plate. And your coconut modak is ready within a few minutes without any extra efforts. 
7. Dry Fruits Modak
Dry Fruits Modak

The dry fruits modak is similar to the traditional ukadiche modak. With the ingredients like jaggery, coconut, mawa and cardamom powder, chopped dry fruits like cashew, pistas, raisins, almonds and seedless dates are used. Rest of the process of preparation is similar to the traditional ukadiche modak. 

8. Til / Sesame Modak

Til modak is also similar to the traditional ukadiche modak. It is prepared using simple ingredients like sesame or til, jaggery, desi ghee etc. 

Ingredients 

  • Sesame seeds – 1 cup 
  • Desi ghee – 1 tbsp 
  • Jaggery -⅔ cup 
  • Milk or water – 2-3 tsp 

Directions 

  • Heat a pan under medium flame and add a cup of sesame seeds or til and keep stirring it for about 3-4 minutes. 
  • Then turn off the flame and keep it aside to cool. 
  • Once the sesame or til is cooled grind it. 
  • Heat a tablespoon of desi ghee in a pan on medium flame. 
  • Add jaggery and let it melt. And keep in mind that you need not have to boil the jaggery in this case. 
  • Once the jaggery melts, add the sesame powder, mix it quickly and turn off the flame. 
  • When the mixture cools down, check the consistency of the mixture and add a teaspoon of water or milk if it seems to be dry. 
  • Now, grease the modak mould with ghee and start shaping them. You can also make use of your fingers to give it the right shape. And your til modak is ready to for bhog or naivedyam. 
Malai Modak 
Malai Modak

Malai modak is loved by those who like milk products in their sweets. It is prepared using malai, condensed milk and saffron. 

Ingredients 

  • Malai or paneer – 250 gms 
  • Condensed milk – 200 gms 
  • Saffron – 4 strands

Directions 

  • Heat a pan and add the paneer or malai into it with strands of saffron. 
  • Add condensed milk and see to that the flame is medium. 
  • Keep stirring the mixture continuously so that the granules of paneer does not remain. 
  • Stir the mixture for about 8 minutes until it becomes like a dough or starts leaving the edges of the pan. 
  • Transfer the mixture onto a plate and let it cool. 
  • Once the mixture cools down, knead it into a dough and make them into small balls. 
  • Grease the modak moulds with desi ghee and start shaping them. You can also make use of your fingers to give it the right shape. 
  • And your malai modak is ready to be served. 

10. Kozukattai Modak 
Kozukattai Modak

Kozukattai modak is similar to the traditional ukadiche modak. The basic stuffings of the modak is similar but just has the addition of poppy seeds, nutmeg powder and sesame seeds. 

Conclusion 

Modaks are an inseparable part of the celebration and it is believed that without modaks lord Ganesha’s worship is incomplete. Here are 10 wonderful modak recipes that you can try this Ganesh Chaturthi. The rich flavours of jaggery, coconut, desi ghee and nuts etc are so appealing to your taste buds that you cannot stop craving for more. 

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