Modak Recipe - Ukadiche Modak Recipe
Recipe type: eggless desserts, steamed desserts
RecipeCuisine: Indian Cuisine, Maharashtra Cuisine
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Serves: 9-10
Steamed Modak or modaks are sweet dumplings made from rice flour. The stuffing is made from grated coconut and jaggery.
recipeIngredient (used american measuring cup, 1 cup = 250 ml)
For modak
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1.5 cup water
  • few drops of oil
  • 1 t/s salt
For Modak Stuffing
  • 1 tbsp white sesame seed (safed til)
  • 1 t/s poppy seed (khus khus)
  • 1 tbs charoli / chironji (optional)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped cashews (kaju)
  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut (nariyal)
  • ½ cup powdered Or grated jaggery (I used organic jaggery powder) (gur)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 t/s cardamom powder
  • 1 t/s nutmeg powder
How to make the recipe?
  1. Take water in a vessel add few drops of oil and salt.
  2. Boil until they start bubbling.
  3. Add the rice flour and stir on a low flame for 30 secs.
  4. Then switch off the gas and mix with a good thick spatula.
  5. Now mix nicely. Cover with a lid for five mins.
  6. Allow the dough to cool or you could knead the dough while it's hot with gloves. Just knead the dough and bind together. Let the dough rest and come to room temperature. Just cover the dough with a damp cloth.
  7. In the meanwhile let's make our filling. Take a heavy bottomed pan add ghee to it.
  8. Place on low heat and saute khus khus seed (poppy seed), 1 tbsp charoli, 1 tbsp finely chopped cashews and safed til (sesame seed) for 40-60 secs. I forgot and I fried them later. But you don't forget add them first for a better flavor.
  9. Now add fresh grated coconut, jaggery powder. Keep stirring the mixture for 3-4 mins.
  10. Jaggery would melt, the mixture would leave nice aroma. Ensure you don't over-cook the mixture else the jaggery might harden or get stiff which is not good for your modak.
  11. Lastly add cardamom and nutmeg powder. Mix nicely. Switch off the gas don't overcook the mixture.
  12. Place some cold water with icecubes. Apply water over your palm. Make small balls from the rice flour.
  13. Flatten the balls with your palms gently giving round shape. Ensure that the discs are not too thick nor thin. Put little mixture of coconut-jaggery mixture over the center of round disc. Just see the disc has no cracks.
  14. Now form pleats toward the edges or just get the edges together and close them towards the top. The modak should look like cone shape from top. Alternatively you could grease the modak mould and shape them in the mould for more convenience. Then give shape with your four finger. Be careful while making modak as it might break. So be gentle and make them lovingly it will shape well then. I have used the mould to shape for less messy affair.
  15. For the first timers just don't bother about the shape so much. Now place the modaks on a steamer and steam for 7 to 8 mins. You will see that the texture has changed and it's cooked. I don't have a steamer so I filled one big vessel with water. Placed a slotted dish or vessel over the water. Then placed dish filled with modaks. Covered with a lid. Steamed for 7-8 mins on medium heat. Alternatively you could steam modaks in pressure cooker for 8-10 mins on low / medium heat without the whistle, vent and weight.
1. Ensure you don't add too much water in the flour. In case you add extra water not to worry add more rice flour.
2. If while shaping modaks you are facing problem apply water to your palm.
3. Also don't over fill the stuffing else it will ooze out from sides.
4. While making stuffing ensure the jaggery doesn't get dries too much.
5. If you are unable to bind the rice dough add few drops of oil but no too much.
6. If any point of time the modak cracks don't worry just patch with little dough.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 652 g Calories: 1604 g Fat: 49.8 g Saturated fat: 27.0 g Trans fat: 0.1 g Carbohydrates: 265.4 g Sugar: 5.3 g Sodium: 178 mg Fiber: 14.8 g Protein: 21.5 g Cholesterol: 0 mg
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