Modak, a simple sweet or spicy dish is a quintessential aspect during the festivities of Ganesh Chaturthi. Modak or Kozhakattai. It is believed from time immemorial that Lord Ganesha is fond of this apart from his standard fare – laddu! This also begets him the name: Modakapriya (one how loves modak).
Also known as dumplings in English, have an outer shell made from Rice flour and a stuffing that can range from sweet to savoury and can be made from any ingredient of choice. Over time, the recipe for kozhukattai has undergone remarkable changes and having a wide variety of stuffing. The number of possible stuffings are only limited to one’s imagination.
Ingredients for Modak
- 2 Cups Rice Flour
- 1 Tsp Gingelly / Sesame oil
- 2 Cups Coconut grated
- 2 Cups Jaggery Powdered
- 1/4 tsp Cardamom powder
- Salt as per taste
How to make Modak
- Dry roast the coconut and remove
- Dissolve the jaggery in 2 cups of water & strain it.
- Heat the jaggery water and allow it to thicken. When it starts to thicken and gets sticky, add the roasted coconut.
- Add cardamom powder and stir well.
- Keep stirring. Once the liquid gets absorbed and it becomes thick, set it aside to cool.
- Add 2 cups of hot water to the rice flour.
- Add oil and salt. Stir well until mixed and free of lumps.
- Shape this into small cups and add a spoonful of the coconut-jaggery filling. Wet the edges with water and seal it well.
- Place this in the steamer for 15-20 minutes until cooked.