Modak is a sweet dessert prepared in most of the parts of India and most popular in Maharashtra, Goa region. It is a sweet dumpling prepared from rice flour, fresh grated coconut and gud or jaggery flavoured with cardamom and nutmeg powder. It can be prepared in many varieties like Mava, Chocolate Paneer etc. However, it tastes awesome with rice flour and coconut gud stuffing as a steamed Modak or Ukdiche Modak and wheat flour in the fried form. Modaks are Lord Ganapatiâ€™s favourite sweet food and it is being offered to him in most of the regions in Ganpati festivals. Here instead of frying I have baked the Modaks and there is a slight difference in the stuffing. I have added Mango pulp and coconut mixture in the stuffing.
Yield / Serves
Wheat flour â€“ 1cup
Ghee â€“ 2tbsp for Kneading
Salt - Â½ tsp
Water as required for kneading
Mango pulp â€“ 2cup
Fresh Grated coconut â€“ 1cup
Sugar â€“ 1/4th cup
Cardamom powder â€“ 1tbsp
Nutmeg powder â€“ Â½ tbsp.
Almonds â€“ 10-15nos Crushed
Cashew nuts â€“ 10-15 nos Crushed
Oil or Ghee - 1-2 tbsp. for brushing, greasing
For Garnish â€“ Mango pulp
In a deep bowl, take wheat flour. Add ghee and salt. Mix well.
Add sufficient water and knead it into a little stiff dough. Once the dough is kneaded, keep it covered for 20-30 minutes.
Heat pan. Add Mango Pulp. Stir continuously on a low flame. Add Freshly grated coconut and Sugar. Stir continuously.
Add crushed dry fruits and cardamom, nutmeg powder. Cook until the water dries up and mixture is cooked & dry. Keep the mixture aside to cool.
Divide a dough into very small balls about the 5-6cm diameter and roll it. Make sure that it should not be thin or thick.
Fill 1-2tsp mango coconut stuffing into it.
Apply little water on the circular edge.
Start pinching the edges one by one. Bring all the pinched ends together and form a point.
Repeat the process with all remaining Modaks. Cover Dough with a cloth so that it does not dry out.
Take baking tray. Grease with little ghee. Keep prepared Modak. Brush top with ghee or oil.
10. Bake this in preheated oven @ 180 degree about 15-18 minutes or till it gets light brown colour.
Garnish it with Mango pulp, and chocolate syrup.
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