Modak is a sweet served to Lord Ganesha on Ganesh Chaturthi festival, widely celebrated all over India, especially relevant in Maharashtra.
Therefore I thought of preparing modak for this occasion. And have shared a step-by-step recipe for deep fried modak with sweet, chewy coconut stuffing and a very crispy outside covering.
It is a very simple and easy recipe for you guys to follow. Just make a roti, add stuffing, pinch and seal the edges together properly and finally deep fry! Enjoy the delicious Modaks! 😉
Preparation time: 30-45 minutes
Cooking time: 30-45 minutes
Servings: 15 modaks
- For the stuffing:
– grated Coconut 1.5 cup
– shredded Jaggery(gud) 1 cup
– Cardamom powder 1/2 tablespoon
– Dry fruits of your choice/quantity
- For the outer cover:
– All purpose flour(maida) 1 cup
– Semolina(suji or rava) 1/2 cup
– Salt: a pinch
– Ghee/oil 1 tablespoon
– Milk 4-5 tablespoon
- For the stuffing
- First of all, take a pan and turn the heat on medium. Put coconut, jaggery and cardamom powder into the pan.
- Mix them well and keep stirring it continuously. Let it cook!
- Soon the jaggery will melt down, cook it till the mixture is semi-dry. It may take 5-10 mins, Do not overcook, because it may make the mixture too hard.
Let the stuffing cool for a while, in the process, prepare for the outer covering
- For the outer covering
- Take all purpose flour, semolina, salt in a bowl. In addition to it add a tablespoon of ghee/oil and mix it well with your fingers.
- Also, add milk to this mixture and knead it to make a bit stiff but smooth dough(This is the most important part of the process)
- Once this is done furthermore cover the dough with a wet cloth and let is rest for around 10 minutes.
- After 10 mins make small balls from the dough.
- Roll each ball into small and thin circle/roti
- And now put the stuffing inside the circle/roti and furthermore, apply some maida+water or milk on the edges using a brush or your fingertips. Since this will hold the roti together when you will mould it to a shape.
- Finally to give it a shape, start pinching the edges using your fingers and thumb as demonstrated in the picture below. This needs a bit of practice, the nearer the pleats are, the more beautifully it moulds.
- Now get all the pleats together and pinch them to seal it(this needs a bit of practice to make it perfect)
- Deep fry the modaks
- Heat the oil on medium in a pan. Check the oil temperature by dropping a small dough. The rule here is if the dough comes up too fast the oil is too hot, if it takes too much of a time then it cold, the ideal temperature is if it takes around 2-3 seconds to come up
- Hence fry the modaks till they turn deep brown in colour and it seems crispy from all the sides.
- Remove it and let it cool before serving
Most noteworthy, moulds for making modak are also easily available in the market, so if you want to avoid the pain!
Offer them as prasad to Lord Ganesha and enjoy these delicious Modaks! Being Chatori! 😛