Monday, September 15, 2008

Modak's for my Chota Ganesh!

I am talking about my dear son. My mom calls him her chota Ganesh (baby Ganesh- Ganesh is an Indian god). Even before I was pregnant and my mom was pestering me to have a baby, she would refer to the baby as chota Ganesh , as if she knew even then that my first one would be a boy. Anyway, finally her dream came true and her adorable chotu Ganesh was born almost 9 months back :). So, just before Ganesh Chaturthi, I was cribbing to my sister of how I always miss this time of the year and all the festivities back home and she goes, your chota Ganesh is at home, what are you cribbing about...just celebrate him!!! So, we did a small Ganesh Puja at home and I made modaks -my all time favourite prasad. I tried making them for the VERY FIRST TIME and they came out good. So, here's the step by step recipe (this is how my mom makes it).

For filling -
2 cups grated coconut (wet or dry). I used the frozen wet coconut.
1/2 cup jaggery (you can also use 1 cup if you want it sweeter)
Elaichi (Cardamom) powder (from 2 pods is sufficient).
Few strands of Kesar (gives a lovely golden orange color)

Mix all above ingredients together and cook for 10-15 mniutes until all the jaggery melts. Turn off the heat and allow to cool.

All ingredients mixed together

Cooked filling

For the coating -
2 cups whole wheat flour
2-4 tablesoons oil (or more if you want flaky dough)
A pinch of salt
Water to knead the flour

Knead the flour with the above ingredients. Do not make it too soft. It should be hard enough to roll it without using any flour or oil.

To make the modaks, roll out one small portion of dough, fill it with the above filling and close it as shown in the pictures below. This takes some practice. Fry these on low flame and done! The modaks are ready. Hopefully, by the time my son starts eating regular solid food, I will have mastered the art of making modaks!

Rolled dough with filling

Giving it the modak shape

Modaks before frying

Frying them finally

Finished product

This recipe goes to Pallavi of All Things Yummy, who is hosting the Yummy Festival Feast-Diwali event.


Divs said...

nnniiiccee :-) I am sure your chhota ganesh will love eating them very soon. I was in India this time for Ganpati and I heard your wail over the phone for not being here :-) Don't worry...I ate a lot of modaks for you :-)

Catriona said...


I am impressed. WOW that you also get the time to make them. I usually make the steamed modaks. Sandeep's mom made them this year. I know they are the yummiest prasad ever.

Jyoti said...

Thanks Div and Ons! Div I am sooo jealous of you. Ona, I loved the ukdiche modak (steamed ones), but my mom said they are difficult to make, so I did not try them this time. I do have some left over filling, so will try them one of these days when I have time.

Grover said...

EXCELLENT blog!!! I love it... especially the great pictures.... but now I am EXTREMELY HUNGRY!! You know that once the crew finds out about your culinary endeavors, you will have "chief chef" added to your engineering duties on your job description!! Cheers Jyoti! Your buddy, Grover

Jennifer said...

Jyoti, You have made this look very easy. I will have to try this for Ganesh Chathurthi Next year!!
Thanks for putting me in your blog roll!!

Jyoti said...

Hi Jennifer, thanks for visiting my blog and yes, I visit your blog often. You have awesome recipes on your blog. Yes, modak making is time consuming and not the easiest. I used to help my mom in making them every since I was a little kid... so it was not that difficult to do it when I tried it myself. But once you try a couple of times, you will get it. Try them out and keep me updated :). Thanks again.

Divs said...

Hey Jyo...I miss your recipes...where are more? Keep them coming yaar!

Jyoti said...

Div... I am barely cooking these days, thanks to nanny, she does most of the cooking. But, I made a lovely feast for Kabir's 1st bday. That one day, I did all the cooking :). Will post those recipes soon.

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