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A quintessential dish made during Ganesh Chaturthi.

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.

Some of the most popular ones for Ganesh Chaturthi are: Chocolate Modak, Dried Fruits Modak, Fried Kozhukattai.


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A quintessential dish made during Ganesh Chaturthi.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Shaping and Stuffing30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Keyword: kozhukattai, 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


  • 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.
  • Serve.



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akanksha November 11, 2010 - 2:36 am


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nitin September 15, 2010 - 8:04 am

bappa morya

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Nisha September 13, 2010 - 7:56 am

it doesnt have complete details.kindly improve

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Pranali September 7, 2010 - 12:19 pm


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priyanka October 13, 2009 - 3:23 am

the recipe really works,& the modak can by made by this procees very easyily……………..

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asma momin September 7, 2009 - 6:18 pm

very easy & one of the best receipe in the world

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rachana August 22, 2009 - 4:58 am

its excellent


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