Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Modaks (rice dumplings with sweet coconut filling)

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi everyone! Modaks (ukali che modak aka steamed modaks) are traditionally made in every Maharashtrian home on Ganesh Chaturthi. In konkani homes we make deep fried modaks. However you make it, these are delicious and so intimately connected to this day. I got up at 6 this morning to make modaks. I am so proud of myself! ha ha! When my mom-in law visited we made modaks just for fun. She is an expert so I took a video of her making them . I think if you see the technique of making the modaks its much easier than trying to struggle with written directions. I hope this video helps with that so do see it if you've never made these before.

Ingredients (Makes 10)

Rice flour 2 cups
Water 2 1/2 cups
1 tsp salt
Oil 1 tbslp and more for making modaks


2 cups grated unsweetened coconut (can use frozen)
1/4 cup poppy seeds
1 cup jaggery
1 tsp ground cardamom
a pinch of nutmeg


Roast poppy seeds. Keep aside. Add jaggery, coconut and cardamom to a pan and roast till the jaggery melts and incorporates into the mixture. Add poppy seeds and nutmeg and cook till the mixture dries up. Let mixture cool.
Boil the water with salt and oil. Take off heat. Add rice flour to it slowly and stir after each addition to form a nice dough. Return to low heat and cook covered for about 5 minutes. Take off heat. Using a cup greased with oil knead the flour mixture while its hot. Divide the dough into balls. Form a cylinder with each ball. The make a central dent in the top of the cylinder and knead your way into the center to form a wide cup. Place filling in the center of the cup. Pinch edges together about 3-4 times around the modak and then bring the pleats in together to close the dumpling. Pinch off excess dough. (See video for exact method)

Boil water in a large pot. Line steamer with parchment paper and grease it with oil. Place a steamer on top of boiling water pot. Place modaks in the steamer and steam covered for 5 to 7 minutes. Serve hot.


Sharmila said...

My!What tempting looking modaks!Love the pic. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you too. :-)

Miri said...

Lovely modaks! and you should be proud of yourself! I was too, waking up at 6 and finishing the pooja, cooking and getting to office and school all on time! :)


Sheetal Kiran said...

I am so jealous!! I tried making ukadiche modak last weekend, except for the filling, the rest was just a huge disaster. But, I haven't given up yet. I plan to have a go at these sometime soon :D Will keep this video in mind then! Thanks very much posting it ... helps tremendously to watch and learn!

Guru De Fundae said...

Thanks for the recipe.

The filling came out fantastic. Tip to add poppy seeds does make wonders.

We ended up screwing the cover though. made ton of mistakes (to the extent of putting a whistle on the cooker) on the way. Clearly, making Modak is not a child's play :)