Recipe – Healthy Modak by Sneha

Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with a lighter, healthier modak.

Modak 

Ingredients for modak

For Stuffing-

  • Fresh grated coconut – 2 cups
  • Jaggery – 1.5 cups  (If  you have a sweet tooth then you can increase the portion to 2 cups – same as coconut)
  • Cardamom (elaichi) powder – ½ Tsp
  • Ghee – ½ Tsp

For the coating –

  • Rice atta – 250 gms or  1 cup
  • Water –  250 ml  (same measurement as rice atta)
  • Oil – 1 Tsp
  • Pinch of salt

Method of preparation of modak

  • Take a frying pan and put the ghee, coconut and jaggery in it.
  • Put the pan on a slow flame and let the jaggery melt for 2 mins.
  • Then add cardamom powder to the mixture. Look out for the consistency of the mixture. It should be good enough to bind and make balls.
  • Take water in another non stick pan and let it boil. Add oil and salt to it.
  • Add rice atta to the water  while it is still hot and stir continuously to avoid any lumps. Cover this and keep aside for 5 mins
  • Grease your palm with little ghee and knead the dough while it is still hot. And make small even size balls out of it.
  • Roll these into small puri shape and add 1 spoon of stuffing , and fold them in shape of a modak
    • To form the modak shape, make 8 to 10 folds at the outer edge of the puri, add the stuffing, then bring all the ends together and seal it by presssing
    • Place all of them on a pan inside a pressure cooker and steam for about 7 minutes.

Your hot modaks are ready to serve. Traditionally it is served with little pure ghee. By the way, the same stuffing can be used to make narili poli – with a wheat flour coating.

Hope you have a great Ganesh Chaturthi!

Photograph by GoDakshin, via Creative Commons

Author: Sneha

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