MODAK / UKADICHE MODAK

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Modak is a sweet dumpling, can be fried or steamed.
Modaks have a special importance in the worship of the Hindu God Ganesha. It is believed to be his favorite food. Ganesha worship ceremony, known in India as Ganesh Chaturthi the puja always concludes with an offering of twenty-one modaks to the deity and as prasaad. Modaks made with rice flour shell are preferred for this purpose, however, wheat shell version are also used. Innovative recipes for modaks have also been created. These include banana nachni modak, motichoor modak and chocolate modak.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 Cup Rice flour
  2. 1 Cup water
  3. 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  4. 2 Teaspoon Ghee/Clarified butter
  5. 3/4 Cup Jaggery
  6. 3/4 Cup Fresh grated Coconut
  7. 1/2 Cup Cashew Nuts Powdered
  8. 1/4th Teaspoon Cardamom powder

PREPARATION TIME: 1 Hour

HOW TO PREPARE:
* In a pan boil 1 cup water, add 1 teaspoon ghee and salt
* Add Rice flour and keep stirring to avoid lumps
* Keep aside covered to cool and the rice flour to cook in steam
* Break jaggery into smaller pieces for it to melt quickly
* In a wok, add 1 teaspoon ghee, add jaggery, keep stirring for it to melt
* As it melts, add in coconut, Cashew and cardamom powder
* Take it off heat and mix and keep aside to cool
* In a plate take out the cooked rice flour and knead it till every bit comes together
* Oil hands and take a bit of white dough and make balls
* Similarly make out 10 more balls from the rest of the dough
* Spread one portion of the dough into a round disc, thinning edges with your fingers
* Stuff one portion of the coconut jaggery mixture
* Gather the dough together in tiny pleats and press lightly to form a cone at the top
* Make all modaks and place them in a steamer tray
* Steam them for 10 minutes
* Serve the Modaks in a decorative plate and add Ghee on the top of it

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MODAK / UKADICHE MODAK
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