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Modak is undoubtedly the most famous sweet in Maharashtra. It is Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet too. Modak is a dumpling look-alike sweet and is prepared with rice flour, wheat flour or all-purpose flour.

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It has a hard outer shell and is stuffed with almonds, pistachio, grated coconut, and jaggery.  This sweet is available in all the sweet shops across the state. It comes in various varieties.

The most traditional modak recipe that is offered as prasad on Ganesh Chaturthi is Ukadiche Modak. These glistening white steamed modaks have a covering made with a rice flour dough.

The filling is made by mixing grated coconut with melted jaggery, cardamom powder, roasted poppy seeds, sesame seeds and dry fruits. To prepare perfectly shaped modaks; you can either roll the dough using your hands or usemodak mould. Steam the rolled modaks for 15-20 minutes over a banana leaf and then serve hot with a dollop of ghee. Enjoy them steaming hot!

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Ukadiche Modak
Ukadiche Modak

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INGREDIENTS FOR Ukadiche MODAK :-

For the dough

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Rice Flour

For the filling

  • 1 cup Jaggery (Crushed)
  • one cup Fresh Coconut
  • 1 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • one tbsp Poppy Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Almonds (Chopped)
  • one tbsp Cashew Nuts (Chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Raisins (Chopped)

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Ukadiche Modak
Ukadiche Modak

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Instructions for making Ukadiche Modak:-

For the dough

  • Heat water in a pan.
  • Add salt and 1 tsp ghee in the pan and bring it to a boil.
  • Once the water comes to a boil, switch off the heat and add the rice flour in the pan.
  • Mix well and cover and keep aside for 5 minutes.

For the filling

  • Add jaggery in a pan and let it melt.
  • Add coconut and mix well.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes and add cardamom powder, poppy seeds, cashew nuts, almonds and raisins and mix well.
  • Remove the pan from heat and let the filling cool.

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Assembly

  • Remove the dough from the pan on a clean surface.
  • Apply ghee on your palms and knead the dough well until it is very smooth.
  • Keep applying ghee in your palms while kneading the dough.
  • You have to knead the dough when it is slightly hot.
  • Grease a modak mould.
  • Take small ball from the dough and press it in the mould around the edges in a thin and even layer.
  • Fill the cavity with the filling mixture.
  • Seal the cavity with some dough and remove the modak from the mould very gently.
  • Dip the modal in water and keep on a plate.
  • Make all the modak in the same manner.

For Steaming

  • Heat a steamer.
  • Keep the modak on the steamer lined with a muslin cloth or banana leaf.
  • Steam for 12-15 minutes until they turn translucent.

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Ukadiche Modak
Ukadiche ModakUkadiche Modak

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