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.


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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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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15 Replies to “Ukadiche Modak – Indian Momos & Dimsums”

  1. Hi Ash, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am Darshan, Gauree's husband. In fact, Gauree is 8 months pregnant and so can't update her blog as of now. She will be most probably delivering next month and will resume posting, replying to comments after that. Please bear with us and pray for us. Thanks. Darshan Jog

  2. Does the amount of water to be used for the outer covering vary depending on the rice fluor used. I usually need more water than the rice fluor,otherwise the covering starts cracking.I have not yet found the exact recipe with which the outer covering does not crack while making the pleats.

  3. Yes u r right Dhanashree actually u have to try it first with small quantity. So that u will be able to find the correct proportion. Use less water while preparing dough and donot over cook. Donot use more quantity of clarified butter it makes them crack. Have you tried my procedure?

  4. These look delicious! I will definitely try out this recipe, coconut is my favourite, and I love any kind of dumpling 🙂

  5. Yes you will definitely love it. It’s very tasty. This is our traditional recipe. Everybody loves it very much.

  6. it appears so easy on the video! will be trying it tmrw and will send u feedback as to how it turns out. happy ganesh chaturthi!

  7. Hi Gauree,

    I googled most of modak receipes on net. Your’s look perfect. The way you make modak vaati is amazing. I wish one day I master the art:)

    Is it possible for you to upload the video of how exactly you make the dough. It look likes it depend lot on how dough is cooked and kneaded.


  8. Hi… I Tried your measurments for “ukad” it turned out awesome… Please keep posting such nice recipes

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