Ukadiche Modak – Indian Momos & Dimsums

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This is a traditional and authentic recipe in maharashtrians. People make them on Ganesha’s first day (Ganesh Chaturthi) as prasad. The ritual is that atleast 11 or 21 modaks should be kept in front of Ganapati Bappa. Almost all maharashtrians love them and make them on this day. I hope you will love my recipe and try it.

Ingredients:

For the Filling:

  • Grated Coconut (Khislela Naral) – 2 big bowls
  • Jaggery crushed (Gul) – 1 1/2  big bowls
  • Cardamom powder (Sadhi Velchi) – 1 tspn

For Outer Covering:

  • Rice Flour (Tandul Pithi) – 2 big bowls (heaped)
  • Salt (meeth) – 1/4 tspn
  • Water – 2 big bowls
  • Clarified ghee (Sajuk tup) – 2-3 tbsps

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Procedure

For the Filling:

  • Take grated coconut and jaggery together in a bowl and mix it well.
  • Keep a pan on medium flame add the above mixture into it and stir after every 2 mins.
  • After 10-15 min jaggery will start melting. Then add cardamom powder and stir well.
  • The mixture will start changing colour and become sticky; this means your mixture is ready.
  • Keep it for cooling.

For Outer Covering:

  • Sieve the Rice flour twice before making a dough.
  • Mix salt, butter and rice flour in large pot of boiling water and turn off the flame.
  • Stir it until  just combined and cover it for cooling. Make sure its not clumpy.
  • Knead to make a soft dough with a smooth finish which will give a shiny look.
  • Make small balls from the dough.Try to make  small bowl like shapewith the dough.
  • The sides of the bowl should be very thin and then make as many pleats as you can.
  • Place some stuffing into it and start gathering the pleats together in the centre.
  • Now steam modaks you made in a pressure cooker(1/4th full water) without the whistle on.
  • Just use a strainer with flat base which fits on your cooker and keep a fine cloth to place the modaks.
  • It will take 15 – 20 min to cook, serve hot with ghee.
  • See above video before preparing the shape modak.

You have to keep some things in mind before doing this recipe. Apply oil or ghee before kneading and also while making modak. You can use idli steamer for steaming the modak. Before placing them in cooker for steaming deep them in water, as they wont crack.

Make sure you keep the prepared modaks (before steaming) moist by using wet cloth to cover them else they will dry. In the pressure cooker you can use a banana leaf instead of cloth.

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