Modak is a sweet dumpling made of fresh coconut and jaggery while the shell is of rice flour. The dumpling can be fried or steamed. The steamed version is eaten hot with ghee. Modak has a special importance in the worship of the Hindu elephant god, Ganesh. Modak is believed to be his favorite food and hence is also known as modaka priya. During the Ganesh worship ceremony, known in India as Ganesh Chaturthi the puja sometimes concludes with an offering of modaks to the deity and as prasadam.
Here is a Modak Recipe:
Prep Time: 30 mins ♥ Cook Time: 20 mins ♥ Total Time: 50 mins ♥ Yield: 4 servings
3 cups rice flour
4 tbsp oil
1 tsp ghee
4 cups coconut
1 cup jaggery
6 cups water
1 tsp cardamom
1 cup milk
Salt to taste
Mix jaggery and grated coconut and keep the mixture aside for half an hour.
Boil water in a vessel and add oil and pinch of salt to it. Take off heat. Add the rice flour and cover the mixture and let it cool.
Knead it well into dough hard enough to roll it without using any flour or oil.
In a pan add the ghee, cardamom, coconut, jaggery and milk. Cook the mixture on medium heat for 10 minutes. Keep it aside for cooling down.
Make balls with the covering dough. Flatten them on the palm into a circle with the thumb make a hole in the center. Use your fingers to make a shape like a muffin cup and put the stuffing in it. Cover it completely with the dough and fold the edges tapering to the centre.
Steam-cook the ball in a cooker for 15 minutes.